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