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September 11, 2011

Panthers 7, Cardinals 7, End of first quarter

The Panthers and rookie Cam Newton are off to a solid start in their season opener, tied with Arizona 7-7 at the end of the first quarter.

After an ineffective first possession, Newton and the Panthers silenced the Phoenix crowd the second time Carolina had the ball when the rookie quarterback hit Steve Smith with a beautifully thrown 77-yard touchdown pass that tied the game 7-7.

Running back Jonathan Stewart made a key blitz pickup to give Newton time and when Smith ran past Arizona cornerback Kerry Rhodes who didn't get the expected safety help behind him, Smith was able to cruise into the end zone.

Arizona had taken a 7-0 lead by going 54 yards in six plays on its opening possession, capping it with a seven-yard touchdown run by Beanie Wells. The drive included a quarterback sack by defensive end Charles Johnson for 11 yards.

On three of their first four drives, the Panthers started at their own 20-yard line or deeper.

Posted by Observer Sports on September 11, 2011 at 05:03 PM | Permalink


Welcome to the NFL CAM NEWTON baby.......

but why didn't we try a 52 yard field goal??? We just had a 15 yard net punt from the 35. I don't understand the thought process

Posted by: Joseph | Sep 11, 2011 5:11:46 PM

anybody know a website i can see the game???

Posted by: Besus | Sep 11, 2011 5:15:33 PM

Love the touchdown, but I think Richard Marshall got screwed by a bad call on the roughing the passer. He clearly made an attempt to pull up.

Posted by: BullCityDog | Sep 11, 2011 5:40:14 PM

We have ourselves a Quarterback my friends. All you Cam haters just sit back and enjoy the show!

Posted by: panther77 | Sep 11, 2011 5:43:54 PM

was a good call, you are not allowed to "launch" at a quarterback. Luckily, for us that may be the only way for the little guys to take down our big boy CAM

Posted by: Joseph | Sep 11, 2011 5:51:09 PM

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