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November 04, 2012

Panthers defeat Redskins 21-13

By Ron Green Jr.

rgreenjr@charlotteobserver.com

LANDOVER, Md. -- The Carolina Panthers found Armanti Edwards and they found a victory.

Keyed by a long fourth-quarter reception by Edwards, the Panthers ended a five-game losing streak, beating the Washington Redskins 21-13 Sunday at FedEx Field.

 "It's good to have some breaks and things go our way and to make some plays, especially in a clutch situation," head coach Ron Rivera said.

"Our players have been very resilient the last five weeks. There's been a lot of ups and downs. This came at a good time for us. Our guys deserved it.

"We did things we really needed to do to give ourselves a chance to win."

Nursing a 14-6 lead and backed up at their own 9-yard line early in the fourth quarter, the Panthers suddenly flipped the game on one play. Edwards, in due to injuries to Brandon LaFell and Kealoha Pilares, broke open just short of midfield and Cam Newton found him.

Edwards went 82 yards -- from one 9-yard line to the other -- setting up a 1-yard Newton scoring run two plays later as the Panthers built their lead to 21-6.

Until Sunday, Edwards had produced a total of 24 total offense yards in two-plus seasons. But it all changed with one quick strike.

"It was a play that's kind of been a base pass for us," Newton said. "It was just me going through all my options. My first read was Smitty and they rolled the coverage to him and took him away. Armanti seized the moment. He had an opportunity to make a big play for us and he did."

The play overshadowed what was expected to be a duel between Newton and Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III. Griffin completed 22 of 38 passes for 224 yards while rushing 11 times for 53 yards. Newton, meanwhile, completed 13 of 23 passes for 201 yards. He also gained 37 yards rushing on 11 carries.

Washington cut the Panthers' lead to 21-13 with 1:28 remaining on a two-yard Evan Royster touchdown.

The Panthers' defense came up with a goal-line stand in the second quarter and the offense turned it into a 98-yard scoring drive that gave the Panthers a 14-3 half-time lead. Newton 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. Griffin 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 a couple of completions, 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 04:15 PM | Permalink

Comments

This defense is starting to take a nice shape. 30, 59, 58, 76, 90 and 95 are playing all. Hitting. The young corners are getting it as well.

Posted by: cmo | Nov 4, 2012 4:58:23 PM

amazing..is all i can say for edwards and his catch..god win panthers..lets build off this hopefully

Posted by: pantherworld | Nov 4, 2012 5:12:23 PM

Jimmy going bye-bye this weeks unless someone goes on IR when Gettis gets activated!

Posted by: joe cool | Nov 4, 2012 7:50:52 PM

Finally, both D's showed up. Dwill and the Defense. Now that we have figured out how the game go, we can win at least 5 more games. I have faith im this team, I know we are a much better team than we have demonstrated thus far this season. The team just does not show me much commuincation as a team. As i stated before, no one man can win a game/lose a game alone. Lets go PANTHERS.

Posted by: Brenda Leigh | Nov 4, 2012 11:07:35 PM

^ someone is a little butt hurt this morning

Posted by: Season Ticket Holder | Nov 5, 2012 9:23:01 AM

Clearly, it's a good idea not to drink and post.

Posted by: Tony B | Nov 5, 2012 9:47:34 AM

Has anyone seen a man wearing a Redskins cap? He escaped around 6:30 AM November 5.

Posted by: Mental Institute Press Release | Nov 5, 2012 2:03:20 PM

Congratulations to the Panthers.They entered the game with their season fading fast after four consecutive losses by a combined 12 points. There were questions about whether the team had any leaders and whether Cam Newton had the makeup to assume such a role.

Now, at least for a week, such questions get a hiatus.

Posted by: Black--Panther | Nov 5, 2012 2:46:16 PM

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