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December 09, 2012

Panthers lead Falcons 16-0 at halftime

Score: Panthers 16, Falcons 0

Scoring play: A 31-yard field goal by Graham Gano.

Drive: 13 plays, 59 yards, 3:35.

Key play: A 21-yard scramble by Cam Newton on 3-and-7 at the start of the drive. Newton took off along the near sideline just before the 2-minute warning to get the Panthers on the Atlanta side of the field.

Time of game: End of the first half.

Worth mentioning: This is the largest halftime lead the Panthers have possessed all season. 

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Score: Panthers 13, Falcons 0

Scoring play: A 41-yard field goal by Graham Gano.

Drive: 7 plays, 52 yards, 3:41.

Key play: On 1-and-15 following a false start, Cam Newton found Steve Smith on what seemed to be his third option on that read. Smith went for 22 yards on that play and he now has 67 receiving yards on four catches today.

Time of game: 4:58 in the second quarter.

Worth mentioning: The Panthers seemed to get away from the run late in the drive, and that eventually stalled and forced Carolina to bring Gano onto the field. In those seven plays, not one was a rushing play. 

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Score: Panthers 10, Falcons 0

Scoring play: A 24-yard field goal by Graham Gano.

Drive: 17 plays, 72 yards, 9:17.

Key play: On 3-and-long from the Atlanta 37, Cam Newton looked to be sacked in the backfield by Corey Peters. He spun Newton around several times, but the quarterback refused to go down. He then rushed for 14 yards, using Mike Tolbert as the downfield blocker and made a nice open-field cut to dive for the first down.

Time of game: 10:55 in the second quarter.

Worth mentioning: The Panthers are owning time of possession in this contest. Carolina has had the ball for 16 minutes and 28 seconds while the Falcons have had it for only 2 minutes and 37 seconds. Carolina also has the edge in total yards: 149 to 9.

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Score: Panthers 7, Falcons 0

Scoring play: A 25-yard touchdown pass from Cam Newton to Greg Olsen.

Drive: 11 plays, 77 yards, 7:11

Key play: A key third-down pickup by fullback Mike Tolbert on 3-and-1. With the Panthers on the Atlanta 38, Tolbert ran over the left guard and stumbled behind the line of scrimmage but maintained control of his body and rushed for seven yards to pick up the first down.

Time of game: 7:49 in the first quarter

Worth mentioning: The Panthers won the coin toss for the first time all season. Carolina entered the game 0-12 on opening-game coin tosses and 0-13 overall on flips this season (the Panthers lost the overtime coin toss to Tampa Bay). 

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on December 9, 2012 at 01:14 PM | Permalink

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