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article imageNFL: Newton gets first NFL victory with win over Jaguars 16-10

By Austin Tyler     Sep 26, 2011 in Sports
Charlotte - Cam Newton has been putting up some great numbers, but both of those games ended in a loss. This time Carolina QB Newton looked normal in a game, and pulled off a win. The Jags were looking for a boost from their rookie too, but this game was not the one.
The Carolina Panthers (1-2) hosted the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-2) for a matchup that puts two of this past years NFL draftees’ against one another. Cam Newton was taken number one overall by the Panthers, and Blaine Gabbert was taken tenth overall by the Jaguars. After a bad game from Luke McCown last week, the Jags look to the rookie to take over this week.
The game started off ugly as the Panthers struggled to move the ball on 11 plays as they were only able to gain 35-yards. The Jaguars had their own trouble as during their opening drive Blaine Gabbert (12/21, 139, 1 TD, 1 Int) was sacked for a safety giving the Panthers a 2-0 lead.
Both of the rookies struggled as they lead their offenses nowhere until the 2:23 mark in the first quarter when Newton led the Panthers on a 32-yard drive. Newton made a few passes on this drive, but they were not able to get into the endzone. Olindo Mare came on to make a 35-yard field-goal which made the game look like a baseball score 5-0.
Gabbert answered the drive with a drive of his own as he took the Jags 45-yards on his drive. Gabbert hit Maurice Jones-Drew (3 receptions, 45 yards) 24-yard catch to give them a first-down. The drive then stalled and Josh Scobee came on and made a 53-yard field-goal. The goal made it a 5-3 game and it really looked like a baseball score now.
At the 2:07 mark the Jags took over again, but it did not last long as Gabbert threw an interception that gave the ball back to the Panthers. Sherrod Martin picked off the ball and returned it 15-yards before he was tackled. The Panthers could not capitalize on the turnover, and was forced to punt the ball away.
With .53 seconds left in the half Gabbert took over after the punt and he moved the Jags 78 yards in just 3 plays. Gabbert hit Jones-Drew again for a big gain of 39-yards before they called a timeout. Gabbert then hit Mike Thomas (4 receptions, 55 yards, 1 TD) for a 36-yard touchdown that put them ahead 10-5 before the half was over.
The second half began and both teams struggled until the 6:31 mark when Newton moved the Panthers 25-yards on their drive. The Panthers had Mare come on and kick a 32-yard field-goal. The Panthers got within two-points as the score was 10-8.
The Jags could not respond to the score as both teams punted the ball back and forth for the rest of the quarter. When the fourth quarter began the Jags had the ball and punted it away back to the Panthers.
The teams traded punts on their next possessions and then the Panthers were able to get something going. Newton (18/34, 158, 1 TD) moved the ball down the field with his arm and legs. Newton hit Steve Smith (2 receptions, 15 yards) for a 13-yard catch and then scrabbled for seven yards on the next play. He finished the drive by hitting Greg Olsen (7 receptions, 57 yards, 1 TD) 16-yard touchdown pass. The Panthers then went for two and Newton hooked up with Olsen again to give them a 16-10 lead.
The game was over after that as the Jags struggled to get into scoring range or even move the ball for that matter as they lost two-yards on the ensuing drive before punting the ball away. The Panthers tired to run out the clock as they Jags called all their timeouts during the drive leaving them 1:02 left in the game.
Gabbert got in shotgun as he tried to move the Jags down the field, but with a minute left and no timeouts the clock ran out. The Jags moved the ball 44-yards, but game ended when Gabbert threw a incomplete pass giving Newton his first career win.
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