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October 28, 2012

Panthers sack Cutler six times, lead 13-7 at half

CHICAGO – After an emotional week that included the firing of ex-general manager Marty Hurney, the Panthers used a strong defensive effort Sunday to build a 13-7 halftime lead over the Bears on Sunday.

The Panthers got after Bears quarterback Jay Cutler in the first half, sacking him six times and forcing him to fumble twice – once deep in Bears' territory to set up a score.

With the Bears' facing a third-and-21 from their 32, defensive end Charles Johnson came free from Cutler's blind side, hit him and stripped him of the ball. Panthers' rookie end Frank Alexander recovered at the Bears' 16 with 33 seconds left in the first quarter.

Three plays later – on third-and-3 – quarterback Cam Newton scrambled and was headed for the end zone when safety Major Wright dislodged the ball.

Wideout Louis Murphy recovered in the end zone to give the Panthers a 10-7 lead.

On their next possession, the Panthers held the ball for 8 minutes, 19 seconds, driving 58 yards on 17 carries before settling for a Justin Medlock field goal from 31 yards that put them up 13-7.

It was the second field goal for Medlock, who had attempted only two field goals before Sunday.

The Bears had minus-20 net passing yards in the first half, and were outgained 226-44 in total yardage.

Greg Hardy had three of the six sacks, which are one short of a team record for a game.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on October 28, 2012 at 02:36 PM | Permalink


Whats wrong with trying a 51 yard field goal at the end of half

Posted by: panther2kfan | Oct 28, 2012 2:37:40 PM

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