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October 02, 2011

Halftime blog: Bears 24, Panthers 20

The Panthers outgained Chicago 299-141 in total yardage in the first half, but trailed 24-20 at halftime thanks to some shoddy special teams play against the best returner in NFL history.

Devin Hester had a 73-yard kickoff return to set up one Bears' touchdown, and raced 69 yards for a punt return for a score to give Chicago a two-touchdown lead. Olindo Mare made the touchdown-saving tackle on the kickoff; Panthers punter Jason Baker was not as lucky on his low, line drive kick that gave Hester a lot of running room before the coverage team reached him.

It was Hester's NFL-record 11th career punt return for a touchdown. He already held the record for most overall returns for touchdowns, now at 15.

Cam Newton brought the Panthers within a touchdown with an 8-play drive scoring drive, which he capped with his second short touchdown run of the game. Newton reached for the pylon for a 1-yard score that made it 24-17 with 6:29 left in the first half.

The Panthers drove into Bears territory on their final drive.

On fourth-and-1 from the Chicago 21, Ron Rivera opted for a field goal with less than 30 seconds remaining.

Mare's 39-yard field goal was his second of the half.

--Joseph Person

Newton had 199 passing yards in the first half – with Steve Smith accounting for 132 of them.

Posted by Observer Sports on October 2, 2011 at 02:26 PM | Permalink

Comments

Why did they stop using De Angelo when he was finally running the ball great? 6 Rushes, 47 yds.

Posted by: Fan | Oct 2, 2011 2:34:40 PM

Why did they stop using De Angelo when he was finally running the ball great? 6 Rushes, 47 yds.

Posted by: Fan | Oct 2, 2011 2:34:40 PM

Why did they stop using De Angelo when he was finally running the ball great? 6 Rushes, 47 yds.

Posted by: Fan | Oct 2, 2011 2:34:41 PM

Thats a good question. This offensive is too pass happy

Posted by: PantherJon | Oct 2, 2011 2:38:39 PM

*Great game, special teams*

Posted by: braman5thflo | Oct 2, 2011 2:59:14 PM

how about that bs pass interference call against shockey. i see one of these every game it seems. officiating is terrible.

Posted by: ryan | Oct 2, 2011 3:15:34 PM

That fourth and one kick said it all to me. I didn't think Rivera would manage the game well at all from that point on. In previous games, he could have won a challenge our more if he'd tried. I understand he's new and going to be conservative but man, get a little closer to the edge.

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Posted by: Damp proofing | Oct 3, 2011 12:19:12 PM

PJ: Newton can't pad his stats and validate them for picking him at #1 if we actually use the best parts of our offense.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Oct 3, 2011 3:45:00 PM

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