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November 20, 2011

Halftime blog: Panthers 27, Lions 14

DETROIT

Kealoha Pilares' record-setting 101-yard kickoff return highlighted a big second quarter for the Panthers, who built their biggest lead of the season and took a 27-14 lead into halftime.

Pilares' return was the Panthers' first kickoff return for a touchdown in eight years and was the team's longest, breaking the record shared by Rod Smart and Michael Bates, both of whom had 100 yards returns.

Pilares' longest return prior to his touchdown was 27 yards. But Ron Rivera stuck with the rookie from Hawaii. Pilares replaced Mike Goodson as the Panthers' kick returner in Week 5.

Cam Newton gave the Panthers a 24-7 lead – their largest of the season – with an 11-yard touchdown run with 9:32 remaining in the second quarter. DeAngelo Williams set up the score with a 26-yard run, and had 57 yards on five first-half carries.

It was Newton's eighth rushing touchdown of the season, breaking the rookie record held by Vince Young since 2006.

The Lions pulled within two scores when Matthew Stafford hit Titus Young for a 3-yard touchdown pass with 2:57 left before the half, capping an 80-yard drive.

Stafford was 8-of-9 passing for 79 yards on the drive, getting most of his completions on underneath routes against the Panthers' zone.

The Panthers added a 31-yard field goal by Olindo Mare as time expired after nice execution of their two-minute offense.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on November 20, 2011 at 02:33 PM | Permalink

Comments

This team gets a lead and then folds like a cheap suit!

Posted by: PantherJon | Nov 20, 2011 3:12:31 PM

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