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December 16, 2012

Panthers hold Chargers scoreless in first half, lead 24-0 at halftime

SAN DIEGO — For the second consecutive week, the Carolina Panthers have blanked their opponent in the first half.

Carolina leads San Diego 24-0 after two quarters of play at Qualcomm Stadium, where the home team has been unable to get any big plays against the Panthers’ defense.

The Panthers have outgained the Chargers 251 to 66 while San Diego has only five first downs.

Carolina got on the board after its first drive was capped off by a 1-yard touchdown leap by fullback and former Charger Mike Tolbert. He pounded another touchdown in after the Panthers recovered a Philip Rivers fumble deep in Charger territory.

Cam Newton hit DeAngelo Williams on a tipped checked down to the back that went 45 yards for the third score of the game. Newton is 14-for-27 today with 194 yards. Playing without starting center Geoff Hangartner, the Panthers have allowed Newton to be sacked twice.

Graham Gano tacked on a 33-yard field goal in the final seconds of the half to give Carolina its largest lead over any opponent this year.

Carolina led Atlanta 16-0 at halftime last week before going up 23-0 in the second half.

With 44 yards in the first half, Steve Smith now has 1,043 receiving yards this season. It’s his second consecutive year with at least 1,000 receiving yards and the seventh of his career.

San Diego will receive the ball to start the second half.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on December 16, 2012 at 05:39 PM | Permalink


Great job Panthers! I hope they run the ball a little more. Keep Pounding!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: irishfan | Dec 16, 2012 5:54:26 PM

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