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December 23, 2012

Newton TD rush makes it 14-3 heading into halftime

Score: Panthers 14, Oakland 3

Scoring play: A 3-yard touchdown rush by Cam Newton.

Drive: 4 plays, 29 yards, 1:04

Key play: An interception by Luke Kuechly on 3-and-10. Kuechly read Matt Leinart's eyes and caught the underthrown pass intended for Denarius Moore. Kuechly returned it 25 yards to the Oakland 29 with 1:21 left.

Time of game: 0:17 in the second quarter.

Worth mentioning: Newton's touchdown rush was his eighth of the season. He now has 27 total touchdowns this season. In the past five-plus games, he has accounted for 15 touchdowns and zero interceptions.

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Score: Panthers 7, Raiders 3

Scoring play: A 21-yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski.

Drive: 11 plays, 73 yards, 6:07.

Key play: A 20-yard pass from Matt Leinart to Darius Heyward-Bey on the second play of the drive. Leinart found Heyward-Bey open in the middle of the field as Josh Thomas and Luke Kuechly began to collapse. Kuechly was called for a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty that helped get the Raiders deeper into Carolina territory.

Time of game: 6:25 in the second quarter.

Worth mentioning: The penalty on Kuechly has him playing with seemingly more passion than all season. He came back after the flag to make two big tackles, including stopping Terrelle Pryor on a keeper inside the 10.

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Score: Panthers 7, Raiders 0

Scoring play: A 23-yard touchdown pass from Cam Newton to Steve Smith.

Drive: 8 plays, 88 yards, 5:02.

Key play: A 29-yard run by Newton. On 2-and-3 from the Carolina 28, Newton stepped up in the pocket and scrambled up the far sideline for 29 yards before being tackled at the Oakland 43.

Time of game: 3:12 in the first quarter.

Worth mentioning: For the third consecutive game, the Panthers are on the board first. Kansas City scored first in Week 13, but Carolina went up early against Atlanta and San Diego.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on December 23, 2012 at 01:27 PM | Permalink

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