1:00 PM ET, September 25, 2011
Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
Cam Newton wins battle of rookie QBs as Panthers drop Blaine Gabbert's Jags
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Cam Newton overthrew receivers. He spent much of Sunday fighting to keep his grip on the football amid a torrential downpour that slowed the game to a crawl.There were few of the big passing plays he made look so easy in his first two games, even fewer scoring chances, and more than enough reasons to get frustrated.Instead, the No. 1 overall draft pick by Carolina ignored it all and led the clutch drive that secured his first NFL victory, 16-10 over Jacksonville.
Carolina cornerback Chris Gamble left the game in the second quarter with an unspecified injury. He did not return. ... Jacksonville running back Montell Owens left the game with a knee injury on a third-quarter kickoff return. ... Jacksonville played without defensive ends Aaron Kampman (knee) and Matt Roth (neck), and receiver Kassim Osgood (hamstring). ... Carolina S Charles Godfrey (concussion) was also inactive.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||4.5||4.3|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||0-0||1-4|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||0||0|
|SF||7:39||Blaine Gabbert Sacked By Greg Hardy In End Zone For -7 Yards|
Drive info: 3 plays, -10 yds, 1:42
|FG||14:17||Olindo Mare 35 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 7 plays, 32 yds, 3:11
|FG||7:45||Josh Scobee 53 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 12 plays, 45 yds, 6:31
|TD||0:06||Mike Thomas 36 Yard Pass From Blaine Gabbert (Josh Scobee Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 77 yds, 0:53
|FG||2:25||Olindo Mare 32 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 7 plays, 24 yds, 4:07
|TD||4:27||Greg Olsen 16 Yard Pass From Cam Newton (Cam Newton Pass to Greg Olsen For Two-Point Conversion is Good)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 55 yds, 2:24
The Panthers called 25 pass plays for Newton in the first half (68 percent of their total play calls). However, after Newton averaged 3.1 yards per attempt on 23 first-half pass attempts, Carolina shifted gears, calling a run play on 54 percent of its second half plays.
NEXT LEVEL: Cam Newton was inaccurate on throws more than 15 yards downfield, failing to complete a pass on six attempts, including five overthrown passes. Newton entered Sunday's game with 14 completions on throws of that distance, most in the NFL.
ESPN Stats & Information