NFL Game Summary - Tennessee at Carolina|
(Sunday, November 13th)
Final Score: Tennessee 30, Carolina 3
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Chris Johnson gained a season-high 130 yards
on 27 carries and ran for a touchdown, as the Tennessee Titans pounded the
Carolina Panthers, 30-3, at Bank of America Stadium.
Matt Hasselbeck connected on 15-of-27 throws and finished with 219 yards, one
touchdown and one interception for Tennessee (5-4), which has won two of its
last three games.
Rookie Cam Newton was limited to 212 yards on 23-of-40 passing for the
Panthers (2-7) in defeat. He also threw one interception.
"We just got outplayed today," Newton said.
The Titans defense forced the Panthers to go three-and-out to open the game
and Marc Mariani returned the ensuing punt 79 yards for a touchdown. It was
the third punt return for a TD allowed by Carolina this season.
"We talked about starting fast. We've talked about that a lot, but doing
it is another thing. Our special teams the last three weeks have really been
playing well and they just took it to the next level, scoring a touchdown,"
Carolina's second drive looked promising as the team marched deep into
Tennessee territory, but it did not end well. Greg Olsen fumbled a catch from
Newton, giving the Titans the ball at their own eight-yard line.
Hasselbeck then completed passes of 18 and 29 yards to Jared Cook and Johnson,
respectively, before Damian Williams scored a touchdown on a 43-yard catch-
Rob Bironas kicked a 38-yard field goal seven seconds into the second quarter
to put Tennessee up 17-0.
Chris Gamble picked off Hasselbeck and Olindo Mare, who missed from 50 yards
away on the final play of the first half, drilled a 29-yard field goal to put
the Panthers on the board in the third quarter. But Tennessee extended its
lead to 23-3 on two more Bironas field goals (36 and 49 yards), the latter
coming with 10:41 to play in the fourth quarter.
Johnson added a one-yard TD run -- only his second of the season -- late in
Johnson scored his 36th career rushing touchdown, tying Steve McNair for third
place in franchise history...Williams had 107 yards on five
receptions...Newton added 55 yards on the ground...Carolina's Legedu Naanee
caught a game-high eight passes for 75 yards...The Panthers closed out a
three-game stretch at home on Sunday.
11/13 18:44:55 ET