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Panthers 16 Texans 10: The defense picks up the slack and leads the Panthers to an ugly win over the Texans

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It was an ugly win, but a win nonetheless.

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The Carolina Panthers came into Week 4 needing a win over the Houston Texans to even their season record at 2-2 and they got just that after a 16-10 final score in Houston.

The defense was lights out today, and they needed to be since the offense wasn’t firing on all cylinders today. Kyle Allen fumbled three times and didn’t look like the future franchise quarterback that led the Panthers to victory last week against the Arizona Cardinals, but he made some plays when he needed to and did just enough to give the Panthers a chance to win the game.

For a backup quarterback in spot duty for an injured franchise quarterback, he did all anyone could reasonably expect from him. I’d like to see more ball security from him, but I did admire his poise and his ability to shake those plays off to avoid breaking down when the offense needed him the most.

Eric Reid was huge on defense for the Panthers on several occasions, including a key fumble recovery that allowed Carolina to drain the clock and add an extra field goal at the end to force Houston into requiring a touchdown to tie (or win) the game. Bruce Irvin was also solid in his season debut. Mario Addison as almost unblockable. Vernon Butler came up huge as well by forcing the fumble that was recovered by Reid. Ross Cockrell played well in Donte Jackson’s absence, and Shaq Thompson and Luke Kuechly were monsters in the middle as usual.

Winning ugly is still winning, and while there’s plenty to nitpick about this game there’s also reason to celebrate — the Panthers have won two games in a row and are now back to .500 on the season. Hopefully they can keep on winning and give themselves a great chance to make the playoffs once Cam Newton is 100 percent healthy and back in the starting lineup.

We’re off to Jacksonville next week where the Panthers will try to go over .500 for the first time in 2019, but for now let’s celebrate a big win against a quality opponent.

Live updates

Final score: Panthers 16 Texans 10

The Panthers hang on for the win!

There are only four seconds left. The Texans will try the hail mary.

Shaq Thompson with a great tackle to keep the receiver in bounds. There are just 11 seconds left in the game.

FIELD GOAL PANTHERS: Slye’s attempt is good and the Panthers now lead by six. Panthers 16 Texans 10

On 4th and 6 the Panthers will send Slye out to try and add to the lead and make it 16-10. I’m sure this won’t come back to bite us.

The Panthers cannot run out the clock here but they can if they get a first down.

Two minute warning: Panthers 13 Texans 10

Allen’s knee was literally millimeters from being on the ground.

Allen somehow avoids being sacked and fires downfield to Wright for a huge first down.

Watt is limping to the sideline so this is not a good development for the Texans.

Key point to remember: The Texans have no timeouts.

TURNOVER: Vernon Butler forced Watson to fumble and Eric Reid recovers! The Panthers take over!

The Texans just used their last timeout, which could come back to haunt them in a close game. This also means they have no more challenges remaining.

Well the Panthers made a stop on third down but Cockrell committed pass interference to do it so it doesn’t count.

The Panthers can’t convert on third down and elect to punt instead of going for it on 4th and 4.

Curtis Samuel makes a great catch on the sideline to set up a manageable third down.

Allen finds Ol’ Reliable (Greg) for a big first down.

And the play stands. I have no idea why Bill O’Brien challenged that.

The Texans are challenging the play.

CMC just made a circus catch on third down to pick up the first. Wow.

Ray-Ray McCloud misjudges the punt and lets it go over his head where it’s downed by the Texans at the Carolina 15. Fortunately McCloud didn’t touch the ball.

And it’s fourth down after Shaq Thompson makes a great play to knock the pass down (he almost picked it, too).

The Texans pick up the first down but there’s an illegal shift penalty that wipes it out.

The defense sacks Watson for the fifth time today. Bruce Irvin and Gerald McCoy in on the play. (Irvin got away with a blatant facemask, somehow.)

FIELD GOAL PANTHERS: Slye nails the 55-yarder and the Panthers take the lead. Panthers 13 Texans 10

The Panthers will send Slye out for a 55-yard field goal attempt.

On 3rd and 4 Allen makes a bad throw that was forced downfield and it’s incomplete. He should have taken the checkdown that would have picked up a first down.

End of 3rd quarter: Panthers 10 Texans 10

Allen finds Wright down the sideline for another first down. The offense is now on the move.

On 3rd and 4, Allen stays in the pocket and fires a strike to DJ Moore for 15 yards and a big first down.

The Panthers committed two penalties on that punt return so that’s probably bad.

Brian Burns was in on that play so he must be okay after suffering a wrist injury earlier.

And they did exactly that. Watson was forced to throw early and it’s incomplete. It’s 4th down and the Texnas will have to punt.

It’s 3rd and 10 so this would be a great time for the defense to make a big play.

Palardy’s punt is downed at the Houston 10, so that’s good.

And the Panthers are back out to punt again.

The Texans are going to make Kyle Allen beat them with his arm. Let’s see how that goes.

Taylor Moton had to come out of the game, but fortunately it was only for one play.

Watson keeps it himself on 2nd and goal and the Texans have tied the game. Panthers 10 Texans 10

And now it’s 1st and goal from the Carolina two yard line.

Granted it was a nice play by Watt, but Allen’s ball security is not good y’all.

Kyle Allen just fumbled for the third time today. Yeah...

A screen to CMC is good enough for a first down.

The Panthers will get the ball back after forcing a punt.

And we’re back for the second half. The Panthers start out on defense.

Halftime: Panthers 10 Texans 3

And they check down to Duke Johnson and he doesn’t score so it’s halftime and the Panthers have the lead.

The Texans get an extra five yards on the punt after a penalty with 0:04 left in the half.

CMC almost picks up the first down, though. That was close. It’s 4th and 1.

And Allen’s pass to Olsen is incomplete and it’s now 3rd and 14. I don’t think they’re going to score here.

The Panthers just called a timeout to hand the ball off to CMC again. Why?

CMC picks up 12 yards and a first down, so maybe the Panthers might go for something here.

Anger’s punt travels 59 yards and the Panthers will have a long way to go if they want to score. They start at their own 10 yard line.

The Panthers have forced a fourth down with 0:48 left and have a chance to add to their lead before halftime.

The Texans almost tied the game but fortunately Watson overthrew Hopkins a bit.

TOUCHDOWN PANTHERS: CMC finds the end zone and the Panthers re-take the lead! Slye’s extra point is good. Panthers 10 Texans 3

Allen finds CMC who picks up a big chunk of yards and the Panthers now have 1st and goal inside the five yard line with 1:09 left in the half.

Jarius Wright just made an amazing catch for a first down. Wow.

Two minute warning: Panthers 3 Texans 3

TURNOVER: Ross Cockrell picks off a pass from DeAndre Hopkins and returns it to midfield. That works.

Aaaand another sack-fumble that is recoverd by the Texans. Welp.

Allen avoids getting sacked by J.J. Watt and finds CMC for a big gain. There’s a flag on the play but it’s defensive holding so the play will stand.

The Panthers are back on offense and have picked up a first down, so let’s see if they can put something together here.

And the 37-yard field goal is good. Panthers 3 Texans 3

It’s now fourth down so the Texans will try to tie the game with a field goal attempt.

Reid is back on the field for the Panthers.

(That should have been an interception, for what it’s worth.)

Ross Cockrell saves a touchdown by breaking up a pass in the end zone.

Brian Burns is questionable to return with a wrist injury, and Eric Reid is limping to the sideline, in case you needed more reasons to be upset.

And Duke Johnson follows that up with a 40-yard run. That’s not ideal.

Ugh. The Panthers had Watson dead to rights and he throws a screen over to Carlos Hyde and it turns into a huge play and a first down.

And James Bradberry gifts the Texans a first down by committing a holding penalty on DeAndre Hopkins.

The Texans pick up a first down but they do it while committing a holding penalty. That’s against the rules so the first down won’t count.

Addison just blew Watson up for his second sack of the day. My goodness.

The Panthers do nothing after getting the ball back and have to punt it away.

The Texans attempt a 52-yard field goal to tie the game and it’s no good, so the Panthers still lead 3-0.

End of 1st quarter: Panthers 3 Texans 0

Kenny Stills makes a first down catch but limps out of bounds. That’s not good for the Texans.

FIELD GOAL PANTHERS: The kick is good and the Panthers take the lead. Panthers 3 Texans 0

It’s fourth down and Joey Slye will come out for a 48-yard field goal.

The Panthers are at the Houston 35 after two solid plays.

The Panthers get a piece of Bryan Angers’ punt and it only travels 19 yards. That’s good for the Panthers, who will now have a shorter field to work with on offense.

And now Mario Addison is on the board with a sack to set up a fourth down!

Shaq Thompson sacks Deshaun Watson and abuses the right guard in the process. We need to see more of that.

Luke Kuechly just got called for holding when he barely touched the dude. That had to be a mixed up number.

Aaand there’s a strip sack and the Texans recover. Allen could have better ball security, imo.

Samuel cooked the DB at the snap, by the way.

Allen fires deep to Curtis Samuel on third down and it looks like the Panthers are going to get a pass interference call for a first down. That helps.

Kyle Allen dumps it off to Christian McCaffrey and the Panthers pick up 18 yards, and just like that the poor kickoff return doesn’t matter anymore.

The Panthers will start on offense at their own 15 yard line after a poor kickoff return.

Kickoff is just a few moments away!


The Carolina Panthers will hit the road again after a satisfying 38-20 win over the Arizona Cardinals to face off with the Houston Texans in Week 4 where they will try to even their record to 2-2 on the season.

Here’s the information you need to follow along with the action as it happens.

Game day information

What: Carolina Panthers at Houston Texans
When: Sunday, September 29 at 1 p.m. ET
Where: NRG Stadium (Houston, Texas)
TV: FOX; Kenny Albert, Ronde Barber (Coverage map)
Streaming: FuboTV, Fox Sports Go (tv login required), Yahoo! Sports, Panthers mobile app
Radio: Panthers radio (local); Mick Mixon, Jordan Gross
Spanish Radio: Panthers radio (local); Jaime Moreno, Luis Moreno Jr
Weather: 88° / AM Thunderstorms / 13 mph SE wind / 40% rain (Complete forecast)

Note: The weather forecast won’t affect the game because NRG Stadium has a retractable roof.

Miscellaneous information

Mobile app

You can download the official Panthers app to get live score updates during the game straight to your phone. Also, if you live in the N.C./S.C. market you can listen to the live radio broadcast of every game with the app. You can find the Panthers app in your phone’s app store or you can download the app here.

Online streaming

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Yahoo! Sports: You can stream live NFL games on Yahoo! Sports’ mobile app. You can stream all Panthers games on their website. (Note: This option is only available for in-market fans.)

NFL GamePass: You can stream all NFL regular season games on demand if you purchase NFL Game Pass*. It’s a little pricey at $99, but it also includes access to All-22 film. If you’re just desperate to watch the Panthers game there is a 7-day free trial, but sign up at your own risk if you’re one of those people who forgets to cancel before the free trial is over.

*Note: You cannot watch regular season games live with this option. You have to wait until after the games are over before you can stream them.

To find more ways to watch the Panthers, click here.

TV replays

NFL Network will air condensed replays of a selected group of regular season games throughout the week. To see if/when the Panthers’ game will be replayed, you can check NFL Network’s television schedule for more information.

Roaring Riot watch parties

If you’re unable to watch the game via live tv or streaming, or if you prefer to watch in the company of fellow Panthers fans, check out the Roaring Riot to see if there is a watch party in your area. Membership is not required to get in the door, but if you’re interested in purchasing a membership you can find all the information you need here.


The Panthers will wear white jerseys for this game.


If you’re into that sort of thing, you can find info on NFL game odds by clicking here.

Stay tuned for a live update thread when the game kicks off at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday!

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