Though the offense had a few remarkable plays and sustained two long, record setting drives it was the Panther defense that won this game. It was the first time in franchise history the Panthers sustained two TD drives of 90 plus yards in the same game. The defense held the NFL's 6th leading offense to 13 points and RG3 to 174 yards passing. Redskin RB Alfred Morris did have some success but the defense was able to come up big on 3rd or 4th down.
The 1st half was devoid of big offensive plays and instead was highlighted by 3 and outs and long drives. The difference in the 1st half score was the Panthers were able to score TDs on their two sustained drives. The Redskins on the other hand settled for a FG on one and then was stuffed at the 3rd yard line after going for it on 4th down on a great play by CB Josh Thomas.
While suffering through a painful cut on his throwing hand, Newton ignored the pain enough to hit Steve Smith for a 19 yard TD. Newton has had a nice 1st half running the ball too, converted a couple 1st downs on 6 carries for 31 yards. DeAngelo Williams opened the Panthers scoring with a sweet 30 yard rushing TD where he tip-toed down the right sideline.
The defense came out in the 2nd half and amped up the pressure on RG3 getting 4 sacks, 2 from Charles Johnson and 1.5 from Greg Hardy. Hardy gets special recognition for playing the 2nd half with a gimpy shoulder but he continued to tough it out and make plays.
Newton shook off the criticism and outplayed the much-hyped RG3 in a battle of the past two Heisman winners. The most amazing play was easily the 82 yard pass to Armanti Edwards that led to the Panthers final score. Newton found Edwards wide open streaking down the left sideline.
Overall just a nice performance by the Panthers against a tough running defense and a dynamic QB.
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