NFL Game Summary - Washington at Carolina|
(Sunday, October 23rd)
Final Score: Carolina 33, Washington 20
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Cam Newton threw for 256 yards and a score,
and added 59 yards and a touchdown on the ground, as the Carolina Panthers
defeated the Washington Redskins, 33-20.
"Once he (Newton) got in a rhythm in the second half, he really was able to
get the ball downfield," Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said.
Steve Smith continued his career resurgence with 143 receiving yards on seven
catches for Carolina (2-5), which snapped its three-game losing skid.
"I can't say enough what he's (Smith) done either. He's made some great
catches, some clutch catches," Rivera said.
Jonathan Stewart ran for 68 yards and a score, while DeAngelo Williams added
35 yards rushing.
John Beck made his first career start for the Redskins and became the 21st
different Washington starting quarterback in the last 19 years. He was 22-
of-37 for 279 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
"I think John, overall, played very well," Redskins head coach Mike Shannahan.
"First time out, he's always going to have some growing pains, that's the
nature of the business once you start playing. But I think you could see his
athleticism, his quick release."
Tim Hightower had a fine day before exiting in the third quarter with a knee
injury. He finished with 88 yards on 17 carries for the Redskins (3-3),
who've lost two straight and three of their last four.
After a sluggish first half by both teams, Carolina's offense exploded for 24
Jabar Gaffney hauled in a 32-yard reception on the first offensive play of the
second half, but James Anderson sacked Beck on 4th-and-2 later in the drive
and Carolina took over at its own 47-yard line.
Newton found Brandon LaFell for a 37-yard gain down the left sideline, and
then scored from 16 yards out to give Carolina a 16-6 advantage early in the
Beck found a rhythm on Washington's second drive of the half. He concluded the
seven-play, 82-yard march with a four-yard touchdown run to pull the Redskins
within three midway through the third. Beck completed all four of his pass
attempts for 81 yards on the possession. He had just 53 yards passing in the
Smith hauled in passes of 33 and 15 yards before Stewart finished the drive
with a two-yard score to make it a 23-13 game late in the third.
Carolina's offense was at it again after a Washington three-and-out. Smith
made an amazing 36-yard catch in double coverage to set up a 1st-and-goal, and
Newton found LaFell in the end zone for a two-yard score. The 12-play, 65-yard
drive took 8:26 off the clock as the Panthers took a commanding 30-13 lead
with 8:13 remaining in the game.
Fred Davis had a seven-yard touchdown reception for Washington, and Olindo
Mare added a 40-yard field goal to make it 33-20 with 1:56 to go.
Newton made several tacklers miss on an electrifying 25-yard run on a 3rd-
and-9 on the opening drive of the game. The run led to a 20-yard field goal by
Mare to give the Panthers a quick 3-0 advantage. Newton had 34 yards rushing
on the 13-play, 78-yard drive.
Panthers defensive end Antwan Applewhite came flying off the left edge and
forced Beck to fumble and the Panthers recovered at the Washington 48-yard
line on the Redskins' first drive. But Carolina was held to a three-and-out.
The Redskins got the run game going on their second possession and Graham
Gano connected on a 31-yard field goal to tie the game early in the second
quarter. Hightower carried the ball eight times for 48 yards on the drive.
Washington attempted just one pass on the 12-play march, an incompletion on
Smith made catches of 17 and 21 yards, while Stewart added a 29-yard run to
highlight Carolina's ensuing drive. Mare split the uprights from 45 yards out
to give the Panthers a 6-3 lead with 5:02 remaining in the second quarter.
The Redskins again answered with a field goal as Gano booted it through from
49 yards to tie the contest with 1:02 to go until halftime. Beck picked up a
key 3rd-and-9 with an 18-yard completion to Gaffney.
After a Panthers three-and-out, the Redskins took over at their own 31-yard
line with 36 seconds left in the half. But Gaffney coughed the ball up on
second down to give Carolina the ball at the Redskins' 34-yard line with 21
seconds to go. Mare nailed a 45-yard field goal right before the half to give
Carolina a 9-6 lead.
Beck's last start came in a December 9 game against the Bills in 2007..With
his seventh rushing touchdown of the season, Newton tied Vince Young for the
most rushing scores by a rookie quarterback. New England's Steve Grogan holds
the all-time quarterback rushing touchdown record with 12 scores in
1976...Santana Moss left Sunday's game with a left hand injury, and did not
10/23 18:46:52 ET