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article imageNFL: Cam Newton leads Panthers to a 33-20 win over Redskins

By Austin Tyler     Oct 24, 2011 in Sports
Charlotte - The thing about Cam Newton is he has been putting up big numbers, but cannot keep the wins rolling in. The Washington Redskins took a tough loss last week, and decided to go with a new quarterback and that did not work out.
The Carolina Panthers (2-5) hosted the Washington Redskins (3-3) in a Week 7 matchup that could have went either way with the Redskins brining in John Beck to take over for Rex Grossman. The Panthers have been having a tough go of it getting wins this season, but this was a game that looked winnable with change at quarterback.
Carolina got the ball to start the game and Cam Newton (10 carries, 59 yards, 1 TD) got the offense going with a 25-yard run. Newton (18/23, 256, 1 TD) hit Jerome Felton with his only catch of the game for 17-yards to keep the drive rolling. Jonathan Stewart (14 carries, 68 yards, 1 TD) then broke a 14-yard run to get the Panthers another first-down. Olindo Mare came on and kicked a 20-yard field-goal to give them a 3-0 lead and cap the 83-yard drive.
Beck and Washington got the ball on the ensuing drive and Tim Hightower (17 carries, 88 yards) got it going on the ground. Hightower had three carries for 23-yards as he was the workhorse on the drive. John Beck (22/37, 279 yards, 1 TD, 1 Int) dropped back to pass on 3rd and 15 and was hit by Antwan Applewhite who forced him to fumble. Terrell McClain recovered it for the Panthers giving them the ball back.
Newton came back on the field with the Panthers, but could not convert on the turnover and was forced to go three and out and punt the ball away. The Redskins got the ball back and went right back to Hightower who had three runs with one that went 17-yards. Beck had the chance to pass the ball, but penalties were off-setting and they had to replay the down. After that Hightower took back over and got the ball moving. The drive later stalled and Graham Gano came on to make a 31-yard field-goal to make it a 3-3 game.
The Panthers got the ball and moved it 82-yards on this drive. Stewart had a 29-yard run to spark the drive. Newton then connected with Steve Smith (7 receptions, 143 yards) on a 17 and 21-yard passes. Newton then hit Jeremy Shockey (4 receptions, 32 yards) with a 12-yard pass for a first-down. The drive then stalled and Mare had to kick three field-goals in a row as they two penalties that backed them up 15-yards. Mare finally made a 45-yard field-goal that made it 6-3.
The Redskins got the ball and moved it 41-yards on this drive. Hightower was the man again on this drive as Beck threw an 18-yard pass to Jabar Gaffney (4 receptions, 68-yards). Washington could not keep the drive going as they had to settle for a Gano field-goal. Gano made a 49-yard field-goal that tied the game up at 6-points apiece.
Carolina got the ball back with .17 seconds left after a fumble. Beck had hit Gaffney with another pass, but Captain Munnerlyn hit him and forced him to fumble. James Anderson recovered the ball for the Panthers giving them great field position. The Panthers could only move the ball seven yards before kicking in the 45-yard field-goal that gave them a 9-6 lead going into halftime.
Washington came out and took over to begin the third quarter. Beck started the drive with a 32-yard pass to Gaffney. Higtower than had a 6-yard run to make it 2nd and four. Ryan Torain (2 carries, -5 yards) then had a 2-yard run to make it 4th and 2. The Redskins tried to go for it, but Beck was sacked for a 7-yard loss.
Newton came out and hit Brandon LaFell (2 receptions, 39 yards, 1 TD) with a 37-yard pass. On the next play Newton ran the ball in from 16-yards out to score the first touchdown of the game, and make it a 16-6 Panther lead.
Beck came out and moved the Redskins 82-yards on this drive. Beck connected with Fred Davis (6 receptions, 80 yards, 1 TD) with a 22-yard pass. Beck then connected with Logan Paulsen (2 receptions, 48 yards) for a 24-yard pass. Beck did most of the damage through the air and he finished the drive with a 4-yard run for a touchdown. The score was now 16-13 with the Panthers leading.
The Panthers got the ball on the ensuing drive and Newton connected with Smith on a 33-yard pass to get things rolling. Smith later caught a 15-yard pass to get another first-down. The Panthers moved the ball 79-yards on ten plays and Stewart got the ball for a 2-yard touchdown run. Carolina took a 23-13 lead after the touchdown and extra-point.
With 1:39 left in the third quarter the Panthers got the ball back and carried it over into the fourth quarter. Newton connected with Smith on an 18-yard pass and catch to get a first down to start the fourth quarter. The Panthers moved the ball 66-yards as they used a good mix of run and pass to move down the field. Newton finished the drive with a pass to LaFell for a 2-yard touchdown, and makes it a 30-13 score.
The Redskins opened there drive with Beck connecting with Niles Paul (2 receptions, 25 yards) for a 14-yard pass. Beck then threw the ball on the next three plays connecting on all of them for ten plus yards. Beck connected with Paul again for a 11-yard pass and finished the drive with a 7-yard pass to Davis to a touchdown. The Redskins where now down by 10-points 30-20 with 5.05 left in the game.
Washington got the ball back with a 3:51 left in the game after the Panthers were forced to punt the ball away. Beck came out passing again, but on 2nd and 15 he tried to keep the drive going but was picked off. Chris Gamble intercepted the pass and returned it 19-yards to give the Panthers good field-position.
The Panthers used the run game to finish the game, but they could not get a first-down so they had to settle for a Mare field-goal. Mare made it a 13-point game with a 40-yard field-goal to make it 33-20. The Redskins could not answer on the ensuing drive and was forced to four and out as they tried to go for it on fourth down.
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