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August 17, 2012

Panthers rolling Dolphins at halftime, 20-7

The Carolina Panthers had their way with the Miami Dolphins in the first half of Friday's preseason game at Bank of America Stadium.

Led by quarterback Cam Newton, Carolina put up 296 yards of total offense compared to Miami's 94 to lead 20-7 at halftime.

Newton only played the first quarter and finished the night with a line of 8-for-11 for 119 yards and one touchdown. Justin Medlock nailed a 49-yarder (and then some) for the first points of the game. Jonathan Stewart followed it up with a two-yard touchdown and DeAngelo Williams caught a nine-yard touchdown.

The Panthers' defense carried a successful week of practice to the game, also. The defense held the Dolphins to just 94 yards of offense and sacked QB Ryan Tannehill three times.

Stewart left the game in the second quarter with a left calf injury that he suffered on a one-yard pass from Newton with 3:30 left in the first quarter. A team spokesman said it is not believed to be serious.

Steve Smith and Miami cornerback Vontae Davis got tangled up on two occasions. Smith and Davis jawed back and forth early in the game, then, two plays later, the two went to the ground in a tussle that resulted in Davis being flagged for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. 

As the two teams broke for the locker room, Smith went to Davis and shook hands, appearing to have made amends.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on August 17, 2012 at 09:47 PM | Permalink


Don't mess with our Frisbee Pitbull, he will bite your...

Posted by: Sports don | Aug 18, 2012 12:20:26 AM

That is too funny Sports Don. True so true.
I didn't panic last week for a pre-season game, I won't get overjoyed about this weeks pre-season game. Teams aren't game planning and it is basic football. While I am happy it is a "W" I still would feel we did alright had Miami punched it in, in the last few seconds. Should have been 4 for 4 on the first 4 drives had Tolbert not fumbled. Once again, not going to get overjoyed Miami isn't Houston.

Posted by: davethepanther | Aug 18, 2012 1:17:00 AM

Tannehill looked like a rookie, so encouraged but not elated about the defense. Offense was great.

Posted by: Ben | Aug 18, 2012 3:12:51 AM

who is Jonathan Jones?

fyi Jonathan, the Dolphins may not win 1 game this year. acting like the Defense is suddenly something great is silly. i shouldn't have to tell you this...

also, do the people at the Observer only work 1/2 the game? how about telling us how horrible #19 looked and how great Louis Murphy was?

Posted by: Frank | Aug 18, 2012 12:30:30 PM

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