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November 04, 2012

Halftime blog: Panthers 14, Redskins 3

LANDOVER, Md. – The Panthers' defense came up with a goal-line stand in the second quarter to preserve a halftime lead Sunday over Washington at FedEx Field.

After the defensive stop, Cam Newton drove the offense 98 yards and hit Steve Smith on a 19-yard touchdown pass to give Carolina a 14-3 lead at the break.

It was the first touchdown catch of the season for Smith, who beat Josh Wilson on the fade route.

The Panthers were holding a 7-3 lead when the Redskins opted against a Kai Forbath field goal and went for the end zone.

The Redskins, who lead the league in fourth-down conversions, had already converted two fourth downs on the drive when they kept the offense on the field for a fourth-and-goal from the 2.

Rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III ran right, but was forced out of bounds by safety Charles Godfrey and backup cornerback Josh Thomas for no gain with 5:13 left before halftime.

The Redskins held the ball for 16 plays and more than 10 minutes on the drive, but came away with no points.

On their ensuing possession, the Panthers took advantage of a couple of Washington penalties to move into scoring position. After two incompletions, Newton threw a perfect pass to Smith for the 11-point lead.

Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams, the subject of trade talks leading to last week's deadline, gave the Panthers a 7-3 lead with a 30-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.

Posted by Observer Sports on November 4, 2012 at 02:26 PM | Permalink

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