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December 18, 2011

First quarter blog: Panthers 7, Texans 0

HOUSTON

The Panthers led 7-0 and were driving at the end of the first quarter Sunday against the Texans.

The Panthers got on the scoreboard early following a fumble by Houston running back Arian Foster on the second play from scrimmage.

Linebackers Jordan Senn and James Anderson hit Foster after a short gain, jarring the ball loose. Anderson recovered at the Texans' 26-yard line.

Four plays later, Cam Newton hit Steve Smith down the right sideline for a 26-yard touchdown pass, giving the Panthers a 7-0 lead with 12:02 left. Smith beat cornerback Johnathan Joseph on the play.

The Panthers' defense did a good job getting off the field on the Texans' next two possessions, holding on third-down completions that came up short of the first-down marker.

Neil Rackers tried a 49-yard field goal with 2:12 left in the first quarter, but pushed it right by a wide margin and the Panthers retained their 7-0 lead.

Jordan Gross was back at left tackle for the Panthers after missing last week's loss to Atlanta with a sprained ankle. Gross did not practice last week, and was listed as questionable for the game.

Posted by Observer Sports on December 18, 2011 at 01:41 PM | Permalink

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