CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) – Whilst it might have felt surreal for football fans throughout the Carolinas to see Cam Newton and Ron Rivera back again alongside one another yet again on the similar soccer discipline and sharing the identical space at Lender of The usa Stadium, it didn’t price reduction the amount of exhilaration ahead of kickoff.
Coming out of the tunnel to a standing ovation from a raucous fanbase that welcomed the former NFL MVP back to the Queen Town for the 1st time since he was signed two weeks back, Newton and the Carolina Panthers came up brief slipping 27-21 to the Washington Soccer Staff (4-6).
The Panthers (5-6) permit the guide get absent in the 3rd quarter when the team’s previous quarterback Taylor Heinecke linked on a 4-yard pass with DeAndre Carter for a 21-14 direct. Carolina once more showed its chronic 3rd quarter challenges, not able to place up any details out of the locker room at halftime.
Professional Bowl RB Christian McCaffrey, back for his 2nd week immediately after a hamstring personal injury sidelined him for many months, caught an outstanding, acrobatic 27-property TD go from Newton with 10 minutes to play in the 4th quarter, tying things at 21-21.
A different previous essential Panthers participant who departed above the summer season, WFT’s kicker Joey Slye, set his group again on best 27-21 with a pair of late industry plans with beneath 5 minutes to perform in the sport.
A debilitating 15-garden keeping penalty in opposition to Panthers guard Taylor Moton established them back again on the following sequence of performs to a 1st and 21 at their personal 15-property line.
The Panthers would gamble massive time heading for it on 4th & 3 on the extremely very same push and a Newton move to McCaffrey arrived up a yard small of a very first down, offering Washington the ball back at the Panthers’ 32-yard line.
Newton retained the vitality and momentum heading from out of the tunnel to start out the sport feeding off of the standing ovation. He drove Carolina down the discipline and punctuated it with a 10-yard TD pass to receiver DJ Moore and a 7- lead. Heinecke would reply in the 2nd quarter threading a go in the red zone to Cam Simms.
Newton finished the video game with 189 yards on 21-of-27 passes with 2 TDs and no turnovers. PJ Walker did not engage in. Heinecke had an excellent working day finishing 16-of-22 passes for 206 yards with 3 TDs and no turnovers.
McCaffrey led the Panthers with 59 yards dashing and 60 obtaining yards.
The Panthers return to action upcoming Sunday and journey to facial area the Miami Dolphins (1 p.m., Fox 46 Charlotte).