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December 04, 2011

First quarter blog: Panthers 14, Bucs 3


The Panthers led Tampa Bay 14-3 after the first quarter on a pair of short touchdown runs.

The Panthers marched 83 yards on seven plays for a touchdown on their first drive. Jonathan Stewart had two carries for 50 yards on the drive, while backfield mate DeAngelo Williams gained 9 yards on third-and-1 on the Panthers' lone third-down conversion on the drive.

Cam Newton capped it with a 1-yard touchdown leap. It was his 11th rushing touchdown of the season, leaving him one behind Steve Grogan's NFL record for quarterbacks, a mark that has stood for 35 years.

The Panthers got a touchdown on their second drive, as well, helped by a trick play from offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski.

Newton threw a lateral pass to wideout Legedu Naanee on the right side. Naanee threw back across the field to a wide-open Newton, who followed his blockers for a 27-yard gain to the 1. Jonathan Stewart's 1-yard touchdown run put the Panthers up 14-0.

The Bucs took advantage of a broken coverage by the Panthers on their only scoring drive of the first quarter. Josh Johnson, who replaced the injured Josh Freeman, hit Arrelious Benn on a 38-yard completion to set up Connor Barth's 50-yard field goal.

Posted by Observer Sports on December 4, 2011 at 01:43 PM | Permalink


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