Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Panthers Roll Again, Rally Past Dolphins

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Panthers Roll Again, Rally Past Dolphins

Article excerpt

Cam Newton angrily slapped his hands together and stared into the end-zone stands, watching Miami Dolphins fans celebrate the interception he had just thrown.

His mistake helped put the Carolina Panthers in a deep hole Sunday, but Newton knew how to get out.

He led a late comeback for the second time in a week, converting a fourth-and-10 situation at his 20 with a completion to keep alive the Panthers' final possession, and their touchdown with 43 seconds left beat Miami, 20-16.

The Panthers (8-3) overcame a 16-3 first-half deficit to extend their winning streak to seven games, their longest since 2003.

"We didn't play our best early on," Newton said. "We couldn't get it going. But we just find ways to win."

Newton hit Greg Olsen with a 1-yard pass for the winning score to cap a 12-play drive. Carolina also rallied past the New England Patriots with a late drive last Monday.

The Dolphins (5-6) fell to 2-2 since tackle Jonathan Martin left the team and the team's bullying scandal began to mushroom.

"We've got to make plays at the end when it counts," receiver Mike Wallace said. "We've got to have a killer instinct. I don't think we have it that well right now. We've got to do a better job of putting teams away."

The Panthers trailed, 16-13, when their winning drive began at their own 20 with 4:13 left. With only one timeout remaining, they went for it on fourth down, and Newton threaded a pass between two defenders to Steve Smith for a 19-yard gain.

A backbreaker for Miami?

"I'm not sure there's any other word to describe that," defensive lineman Jared Odrick said.

"That's when the tide shifted in our favor," Newton said.

Carolina then converted two third downs before Newton hit Olsen for the winning score.

Ryan Tannehill nearly connected with Wallace for a 60-yard score in the final seconds, but the pass fell incomplete at the goal line. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.