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October 21, 2012

Cowboys 19, Panthers 14, final

By Ron Green Jr.


   The Panthers disappointing season took another bitter turn Sunday.

   Dan Bailey kicked two late field goals to give Dallas a 19-14 victory over the Panthers in Bank of America Stadium, dropping Carolina to 1-5 with a trip to Chicago looming next week.

   "Truth of the matter, we just have to keep going," Panthers coach Ron Rivera said after his team's fourth straight loss. "No one said it was going to be easy. It's not. We know that."

   Trailing 16-14, the Panthers' late attempt to drive for a winning score was thwarted twice on fourth down by the Cowboys.

   Facing a fourth-and-two at their own 39-yard line, the Panthers appeared to get the first down on a completion from Cam Newton to Greg Olsen but officials nullified the play, saying the Cowboys had called timeout before it began.

   After the timeout, Newton threw an incompletion to Louis Murphy who was hit by Dallas defender Morris Claiborne. Murphy and the Panthers thought it was pass interference but no call was made, turning the ball over to the Cowboys at the Carolina 39-yard line. 

   It led to a 38-yard Bailey field goal with 53 seconds remaining.

   The Panthers got one more shot in the final 50 seconds but couldn't get past midfield.

   Cam Newton completed 21 of 37 passes for 233 yards and one touchdown. He also led the team with 64 rushing yards.

   "Someone said deja vu and that's what it is," offensive lineman Jordan Gross said. "It's a different team but the same scenario."

   After a sluggish third quarter offensively, the Panthers found a spark late in the third quarter and turned it into a 75-yard drive that culminated with a two-yard touchdown run by Mike Tolbert that put the Panthers ahead 14-13 with 11:38 remaining.

   The Panthers started the drive with a no-huddle offense. Jonathan Stewart broke a 20-yard gain then Louis Murphy caught a 26-yard pass from Newton to move the Panthers to the Dallas 19-yard line. 

   Two penalties against the Cowboys, an unnecessary roughness and a holding call, helped the Panthers keep the drive alive.

   The Cowboys took a 10-7 lead on a 26-yard touchdown pass from Tony Romo to Miles Austin midway through the third quarter. Romo threw a beautiful pass to the back corner of the end zone where Austin was defended by Panthers rookie Josh Norman.

   One play earlier, Austin and Romo had connected on a 36-yard pass to move the Cowboys into Carolina territory.

   Romo completed 24 of 34 passes for 227 yards and one touchdown.

   Dallas stretched its advantage to 13-7 on a 49-yard Dan Bailey field goal with 2:13 remaining in the third quarter.

   After wasting some earlier opportunities, the Panthers got a five-yard touchdown pass from  Newton to Brandon LaFell with 14 seconds remaining in the second quarter to take a halftime 7-3 lead.

   The possession started with a takeaway when Thomas Davis knocked the ball free from Cowboys receiver Thomas Davis and it was recovered by linebacker Luke Kuechly, giving the Panthers possession at the Dallas 20-yard line after an illegal block penalty against Charles Godfrey.

   The Panthers squandered good field position in the first quarter, failing to score after starting their first two possessions at the 40 and 45-yard line, respectively.

   The Cowboys used a grinding 18-play, 91-yard drive to take a 3-0 early in the second quarter on a Bailey field goal. Dallas chewed up 10 minutes, 10 seconds with the possession. The Cowboys converted four third-downs on the drive before stalling at the Carolina 1-yard line.

   The Panthers finally mounted a drive of their own behind Newton's running and throwing. 

   Newton had a 24-yard scramble on third down to keep the drive alive at the Dallas 30-yard line. Two plays later, Newton kept the ball on a designed play and rumbled 21 yards to the Cowboys' 7-yard line. 

   But the drive died suddenly when Newton was intercepted in the end zone by Cowboys rookie Morris Claiborne. Newton was looking for receiver Louis Murphy in the end zone when he was hit as began his throw. The pass came up well short and Claiborne made a diving catch to end the Carolina threat.

   The Panthers were without starting middle linebacker Jon Beason and cornerback Chris Gamble, both inactive due to injuries. It was also their first game since losing Pro Bowl center Ryan Kalil to a season-ending foot injury.

Posted by Observer Sports on October 21, 2012 at 04:10 PM | Permalink


Cam holds the ball forever....offensive line sucks...DB are brutal....I can't see another win this year, so lets talk about who we can get with the first pick.....fire gurney and the rest of the idiots running this team...bring in cowher or chunky gruden to fire up this sorry ass team

Posted by: Panthers suck | Oct 21, 2012 4:24:06 PM

What are the odds that Gamble and Beason end up on IR tomorrow? Definitely a higher chance than the team makes the playoffs.

Posted by: Phillip | Oct 21, 2012 4:25:40 PM

Bring in gruden.......fire Rivera hurney and the rest of the losers....

Posted by: Panthers suck | Oct 21, 2012 4:39:32 PM

Same old stuff, it's mind blowing that we have about an $80 millon backfield, Williams, Stewart, and now Tolbert, yet Cam leads the team in rushing.
Chud looked creative and smart last year, now they looked lost with no idea of how they want to play offense.

Posted by: Kenny | Oct 21, 2012 4:39:45 PM

Extremely Bad coaching, No good running backs (it's really bad when your QB has more or a better average than the RB's), QB has lost his mojo, defense suuuuuuucks....

Posted by: Lost Confidence | Oct 21, 2012 4:40:35 PM

It is time the front office do something about the horrible OL & DL. Cam has no time to accurately throw and the DB's don't have any help up front. People who critize the RB's are clueless. There isn't any RB who can have success without decent blocking.

Posted by: Striktly | Oct 21, 2012 4:46:52 PM

Gruden and cowher are ready to take over fire hurney and river a and gets some real football people in the office not newspaper writers.....bad management.

Posted by: Panthers suck | Oct 21, 2012 4:58:32 PM

Bring back Bill Polian!

Posted by: joe cool | Oct 21, 2012 8:31:00 PM

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