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Week 11: Panthers Keep Pace in NFC South Race With Victory Over Redskins

Discussion in 'Game Summaries & Team News' started by LtJustice, Dec 29, 2012.

  1. LtJustice

    LtJustice QSF Commissioner

    Jul 22, 2010
    The Carolina Panthers and Washington Redskins came into this week's game, both desperately needing a win to keep pace in their respective divisions. With the surging New Orleans Saints in the NFC South and the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC East both securing victories earlier in the week, the Panthers and Redskins each needed a victory to stay tied atop their divisions. The Panthers, thanks in large part to a huge game from quarterback Cam Newton, would pull out the win by a score of 31-20 to maintain their position tied atop the NFC South.​
    After posting a season low 7 points in a loss to the Giants a week ago, the Panthers offense knew it was on them to put some points on the board this week if they wanted to come out with a victory.​

    1st Quarter

    The Redskins would take an early 3-0 lead on a 31 yard Joeckel field goal.

    2nd Quarter

    Following a Redskins punt that was downed for a touchback, the Panthers offense needed just one play to find the endzone. Cam Newton would continue to show great chemistry with rookie receiver Patrick Wilkerson as they hooked up for an 80 yard touchdown pass on a playaction fake to take a 7-3 lead.

    On the very next possession, Panthers safety Charles Godfrey would intercept Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III to once again give the Panthers offense the ball in Washington territory. The Redskins defense nearly got the ball back on back to back plays as they twice knocked the ball free from a Panthers runner, only to have Carolina recover both times. Newton would capitalize on the good fortune as he connected with tight end Greg Olsen on a 16 yard touchdown pass to take a 14-3 Carolina lead.

    The Redskins offense would rebound to answer right back as RGIII drove the offense down field and scored on a 27 yard touchdown to Pierre Garcon to cut the Carolina lead to 14-10 with just under 2 minutes to go in the half.

    On the ensuing possession, Newton would make an ill advised pitch that fell right into the hands of a Redskins defender. Washington would capitalize on the turnover to take the lead, as RGIII connected with Fred Davis for a 10 yard touchdown pass. Washington leads 17-14 with just over a minute to go in the half.

    Cam would immediately make up for his mistake, on the first play of the next possession. Newton found tight end Ben Watson down the middle of the field and squeezed the ball between a trio of closing defenders. Watson secured the catch and outran the defense for a 76yard touchdwon and a 21-17 Carolina lead.

    Washington would get close, but failed to put any points on the board, as they connected on a hail mary to the Carolina 9 yard line as time expired in the half.

    3rd Quarter

    Washington would add a 48 yard field goal to cut the Carolina lead to 21-20.

    4th Quarter

    The Panthers would put together a beautiful drive, only to see Newton over throw a wide open Wilkerson in the end zone on a 3rd down play from the Washington 11 yard line. Carolina would have to settle for a 28 yard field goal, to push their lead to 24-20 with just over 6 minutes to go in the game.

    On the ensuing possession, Washington would have a promising drive stall and were forced to punt.

    Carolina would put together a clock chewing drive that resulted in Newton and Wilkerson hooking up for a score for the 2nd time on the day. Wilkerson would catch a short pass on the outside, make the first man miss and run untouched to the endzone for a 38 yard touchdown and a 31-20 Carolina lead with just under 2 minutes to go in the game.

    RGIII would attempt to lead his team down field, but Panthers linebacker Jon Beason would make a leaping interception to put an end to the Washington comeback attempt.


    With the victory the Panthers improve to 8-2 on the season and are tied with the New orleans Saints atop the NFC South. The Panthers will host the high scoring San Diego Chargers next week at Bank of America Stadium.

    The Redskins fall to 4-6 on the season, a game behind the NFC East leading Philadelphia Eagles. The Skins travel to Philly next week to take on those Eagles. With the Redskins having already defeated the Eagles once this season, a Washington victory would not only even their records, but would also secure the tie breaker over the Eagles with the season sweep.


    GG Carl!
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