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December 16, 2012

Newton to Williams makes it 21-0 Panthers

Score: Panthers 21, Chargers 0

Scoring play: A 45-yard touchdown pass from Cam Newton to DeAngelo Williams.

Drive: 6 plays, 72 yards, 2:47.

Key play: Steve Smith started the drive with a 15-yard pickup on the ground. The Panthers showed the Wildcat formation and the direct snap went to Williams. Williams then flipped it to Smith on a reverse and he cut upfield for 15.

Time of game: 0:58 in the first quarter.

Worth mentioning: Cam Newton entered the game with 119 consecutive passes without an interception, easily his longest of his career. He's thrown 10 so far, with two close calls. His touchdown pass was tipped, and the play before he was hit as he threw and the ball fluttered in the air before falling to the ground.

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Score: Panthers 14, Chargers 0

Scoring play: A 1-yard touchdown rush by Mike Tolbert.

Drive: 4 plays, 21 yards, 1:36.

Key play: The Panthers got the ball on the San Diego 21 after Philip Rivers fumbled for the 12th time this season, which leads all players in the NFL. Nate Chandler came away with the ball in the pile that saw Greg Hardy get into it with Chargers' FB Ryan Mathews. 

Time of game: 4:54 in the first quarter.

Worth mentioning: The Panthers have six plays inside San Diego's 5-yard line. The Chargers have six plays in the game so far.

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Score: Panthers 7, Chargers 0

Scoring play: A 1-yard touchdown rush by Mike Tolbert.

Drive: 13 plays, 80 yards, 6:31.

Key play: A 1-yard rush by quarterback Cam Newton on fourth down. On the Chargers' 2-yard line, the Panthers were in a 4-and-1 situation and head coach Ron Rivera declined to settle for a field goal. Newton picked up the one yard for the first down to set up Tolbert's leap into the end zone.

Time of game: 8:29 in the first quarter.

Worth mentioning: With an 8-yard catch in the first series, Steve Smith now has 1,007 receiving yards this season. It's his seventh season in his career in which he's tallied more than 1,000 yards receiving, and his second consectuive season doing so.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on December 16, 2012 at 04:18 PM | Permalink

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