FINAL SCORE: Pats shut down Darnold, Panthers, cruise to 24-6 victory
CHARLOTTE. N.C. (AP) — Mac Jones overcame two early turnovers and threw for 139 yards and a landing, J.C. Jackson returned a person of three Sam Darnold interceptions for an 88-property landing and the New England Patriots defeated the Carolina Panthers 24-6 on Sunday for their fourth gain in the previous five game titles.
Rookie managing back again Rhamondre Stevenson experienced 106 yards from scrimmage just before leaving the sport with a head injury and Damien Harris and Hunter Henry scored touchdowns as the Patriots (5-4) improved to 4- on the highway.
Darnold experienced an additional depressing outing for Carolina. He finished 16 of 33 for 172 yards with a few picks, two of them by Jackson following the Panthers (4-5) arrived at the crimson zone. Darnold has been intercepted nine instances and thrown only just one landing in 4 occupation online games against the Bill Belichick-coached Patriots.
Not like two months back, Panthers coach Matt Rhule did not bench Darnold irrespective of interceptions on 3 straight belongings in the 2nd 50 %. As has been the circumstance for most of the 12 months, Darnold put in most of the video game under hefty duress immediately after dropping setting up heart Matt Paradis and left tackle Cameron Erving to injuries in the to start with half.
Even the return of Christian McCaffrey from a 5-match absence could not assist Carolina’s offense. Christian McCaffrey had 14 carries for 52 yards and caught 4 passes for 54 yards in his return to the commencing lineup.
But Carolina’s only factors came courtesy of its defense, which pressured two Jones turnovers in New England territory in the very first 50 % — a person off Brian Burns’ sack-fumble and one more when previous Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore had an interception.
The Panthers trailed 14-6 at halftime immediately after getting just 65 yards in the 1st 50 percent.
The video game improved for fantastic in the 3rd quarter. The Panthers attained the Patriots 20, but Darnold rolled out of the pocket on a next down enjoy and overthrew restricted end Ian Thomas. Jackson intercepted the ball and raced 88 yards down the center of the discipline for a touchdown.
Points ongoing to unravel from there with Darnold picked off on his next two belongings as properly, including an additional by Jackson in the close zone. Just after that interception, vast receiver Robby Anderson adopted Darnold off the subject, threw his helmet towards the bench and proceeded to give the quarterback an earful as he handed by him two times on the sideline.
Patriots: Running backs Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson and wide receiver Gunner Olszewski remaining the activity with head injuries and did not return. Harris’ personal injury came in the fourth quarter with the sport out of hand. Restricted conclusion Jonnu Smith injured his shoulder in the 2nd half.
Panthers: Defensive close Brian Burns injured his right ankle late in the fourth quarter and did not return. Cornerback Rashaan Melvin wounded his hand. Melvin Paradis hurt his left knee on Carolina’s second engage in from scrimmage and was carted to the locker place. Erving hurt his calf afterwards in the first 50 % and did not return.
Patriots: Host Browns future Sunday.
Panthers: Visit Cardinals future Sunday.
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