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December 04, 2011

Halftime blog: Panthers 24, Bucs 12

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Cam Newton did a nice job executing the two-minute offense at the end of the first half Sunday, getting the Panthers in position for Olindo Mare's 43-yard field goal that put Carolina up 24-12 on Tampa Bay as the half ended.

With 13 seconds left, Newton scrambled to his left and hit Brandon LaFell, who got out of bounds with three seconds left at the end of the 31-yard completion.

Newton was 7 of 13 for 125 yards with a touchdown in the first half, despite getting a lot of pressure from the Bucs' banged-up defensive line.

With the Bucs threatening to steal momentum and tighten up the game, Newton threw a laser to Legedu Naanee for a 19-yard touchdown pass with 7:04 left in the first half.

The Panthers faced a third-and-8 when Newton threw a seed down the right seam for Naanee, who held on despite a big hit from safety Sean Jones.

It was Naanee's first touchdown since signing with the Panthers in training camp. He celebrated by dunking the ball over the goal post, and the Panthers led 21-6.

But on the ensuing drive, Mike Williams got behind Panthers cornerback Darius Butler for a 42-yard reception to the Panthers' 31. Carolina then held, forcing Connor Barth's third field goal of the first half – a 46-yarder that made it 21-9 with 4:25 remaining in the half.

Barth later added a 44-yard boot.

 

Posted by Observer Sports on December 4, 2011 at 02:34 PM | Permalink

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