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GamePage: Panthers Beat Lions, 24-7

[vc_row_inner no_margin=”true” padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px” border=”none”][custom_headline type=”center” level=”h3″ looks_like=”h3″]Newton Does Everything in Debut[/custom_headline][gap size=”2.913em”]Screen Shot 2014-09-14 at 8.18.25 PMCam Newton was back where he belonged, playing the way he has to. After cracked ribs forced him to be a spectator in Week 1, the Panthers quarterback totaled 300 yards in Sunday’s win over the Lions.


[custom_headline type=”center” level=”h3″ looks_like=”h3″]Panthers Front Line Wears Down Lions[/custom_headline][gap size=”2.913em”]Screen Shot 2014-09-14 at 8.14.41 PMAfter the Panthers surprisingly deactivated Greg Hardy shortly before Sunday’s home opener with the Lions, it was Mario Addison’s opportunity to prove the system is just that — one that doesn’t hinge on just a single player.


[custom_headline type=”center” level=”h3″ looks_like=”h3″]How Carolina Contained Calvin Johnson[/custom_headline][gap size=”2.913em”]Screen Shot 2014-09-14 at 2.54.28 PMThe Panthers didn’t shut down Calvin Johnson, but they held the four-time Pro Bowler in check, with help from a front seven that did its part pressuring quarterback Matthew Stafford.


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[custom_headline type=”center” level=”h3″ looks_like=”h3″]Panthers, Public Guilty of Bad Timing[/custom_headline][gap size=”2.913em”]Screen Shot 2014-09-14 at 8.19.31 PMWe weren’t enraged until we actually saw Ray Rice punch a woman. And while no publicly-viewable evidence exists of what Greg Hardy is accused of doing to his ex-girlfriend in May, the Panthers were going to let “the legal process play out” before disciplining their star defensive end. Everything changed Monday.


[custom_headline type=”center” level=”h3″ looks_like=”h3″]Newton Addresses “Donkey Kong Situation”[/custom_headline][gap size=”2.913em”]“The initial statement came with me jokingly making a reference to him. It’s sad that in this day and age we still bring up racism. That was not my initial reason.” — quarterback Cam Newton


[gap size=”2.913em”][custom_headline type=”center” level=”h3″ looks_like=”h3″]Six Questions and Answers[/custom_headline][gap size=”2.913em”]Remember when Cam Newton couldn’t make his team rise to another level?

Even though he’s not 100 percent, he outplayed Matthew Stafford, going 22 of 34 for 281 yards and a touchdown. He did not throw an interception.


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  • QB Cam Newton threw for 281 yards in his season debut, which was more than his totals in all but one game in 2013 (308 vs. Arizona).
  • Running back Jonathan Stewart’s 2-yard touchdown in the four quarter was his first score since 11/18/12 against Tampa Bay.
  • The Panthers are 2-0 for the first time since 2008 and for just the fourth time in 20 seasons (’03, ’02, ’96).
  • Head coach Ron Rivera came into this season with a 3-8 record in September, winning one game during the month in each of his first three seasons.
  • The Panthers, who have no turnovers in 2014, forced three turnovers for the second straight game.

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[gap size=”2.913em”]CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Cam Newton showed he has no intention of changing the way he plays the game.The fourth-year quarterback shook off some early rust and returned to his fearless style of play, helping Carolina defeat the Detroit Lions 24-7 on Sunday, capping a distraction-filled week for the Panthers.


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