Broncos 36

(6-3, 3-2 away)

Panthers 14

(2-7, 1-4 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, November 11, 2012

Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC 

1 2 3 4 T
DEN 7 10 7 1236
CAR 7 0 0 714

Top Performers

Passing: P. Manning (DEN) - 301 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: W. McGahee (DEN) - 14 CAR, 56 YDS

Receiving: D. Thomas (DEN) - 9 REC, 135 YDS

Peyton Manning leads Broncos, John Fox to win at Carolina

Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Moments after the Denver Broncos gave the Carolina Panthers a good old-fashioned shellacking Sunday, they gave coach John Fox a game ball.

"There were a lot of motivating factors to help us win this game, and Coach Fox was the biggest one," Von Miller said.

Peyton Manning made sure Fox's return to Carolina was successful, throwing for 301 yards and a touchdown, and the defense turned in a dominating performance to lead the Broncos to a 36-14 rout.

Manning threw his 420th touchdown pass to move into a tie for second place on the NFL's list with his childhood hero Dan Marino. He trails only Brett Favre (508).

"I have never felt comfortable kind of being mentioned with him," Manning said.

Manning had plenty of help from his teammates.

Linebacker Miller harassed Cam Newton all day and Trindon Holliday returned a punt 76 yards for a touchdown as the Broncos (6-3) won for the fifth time in six weeks. The Broncos sacked Newton seven times, including once for a safety, and Miller pressured him into an interception Tony Carter returned 40 yards for a score.

Fox spent nine seasons in Carolina before his relationship with owner Jerry Richardson dramatically deteriorated when the organization failed to offer him a contract extension.

So Sunday's win was a taste of revenge, although Fox took the high road after the game.

"You just feel good to win," Fox said. "You put a lot into these things. It is seven days of hard work and countless hours. It's all for naught if you don't win."

Miller was all over the field and finished with a sack, a forced fumble and four tackles for a loss.

"We want to be feared and respected for a relentless pursuit for the ball," Miller said.

Denver's defense put on a show, pressuring Newton all day and forcing him to make quick decisions that often resulted in mistakes.

"We changed up our protections, did a couple of things differently, and they were still able to break through," Panthers coach Ron Rivera said.

After a strong start, Newton finished 21 of 36 for 241 yards with two touchdown passes to tight end Greg Olsen. He threw two interceptions.

By the end of the game Newton looked tired, discouraged and a little beat up.

Despite spending most of the day on his back, Newton wouldn't pass blame on his offensive line.

"This is the same offensive line that did an excellent job a lot of times today, so I'm not thrashing them." Newton said. "... I think personally I have to do a better job of getting the football out, getting it to my outlets."

Miller, selected No. 2 in the 2011 NFL draft, one spot behind Newton, was a disruptive force right from the start. He sacked Newton on the second series and celebrated by imitating Newton's Superman routine, pretending to rip open his shirt.

The Panthers (2-7) appeared ready to give the Broncos a challenge early while playing in all-black uniforms, jumping to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on a 4-yard pass from Newton to Olsen.

But it was all Broncos after that as they'd score 29 straight points.

After a slow start, Manning started to pick apart Carolina's defense and was 16 of 20 for 135 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Stokley. With the game tied at 7, Holliday put the Broncos ahead with a nifty punt return for a controversial touchdown.

As Holliday sprinted the final 25 yards to the end zone alone and untouched, television replays appeared to show him flip the ball out of his hand in celebration about a yard before he reached the end zone.

In a pool report, NFL referee Al Riveron said, "The entire scoring play is reviewed" and that it was confirmed it was indeed a touchdown.

Added Holliday: "We had that problem last week, but I thought I got the ball across the goal line. I'll have to go back and look."

Prater later made it 17-7 on a 53-yard field goal.

Early in the third quarter, Charles Johnson sacked Manning and forced a fumble that Greg Hardy recovered.

But on the next play Miller grabbed Newton's ankle in the backfield as he was trying to throw and Carter stepped in front of the pass near the sideline and returned it for a touchdown and a 24-7 lead. Prater added another field goal and Mike Adams sacked Newton for a safety to make it 29-7.

"I should have thrown it out of bounds," Newton said. "I have to be more mature than that. It's better to be second-and-10 than have a pick-six."

Manning said after the game he was honored to be in the same company with Marino, who was his favorite playing growing up.

"Dan Marino, after my dad retired, was my favorite quarterback growing up," Manning said, "so it is pretty much documented through the years when I have been asked about Dan Marino how I feel about him."

Game notes

Broncos DE Elvis Dumervil left the game with a shoulder injury in the second quarter and did not return. ... Panthers TE Greg Olsen posted his first career 100-yard receiving game in six seasons. ... The Panthers have not won back-to-back games this season under Rivera.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1819
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays6164
Total Yards360250
Yards per play5.93.9
Total Drives1615
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-00-0
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs20

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

carTD6:55Greg Olsen 4 Yard Pass From Cam Newton (Justin Medlock Kick is Good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 77 yds, 3:04
denTD1:39Brandon Stokley 10 Yard Pass From Peyton Manning (Matt Prater Kick is Good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 59 yds, 2:16
denTD15:00Trindon Holliday 76 Yard Punt Return (Matt Prater Kick is Good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 76 yds, 0:00
denFG10:17Matt Prater 53 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 6 plays, 20 yds, 3:26
denTD10:12Tony Carter 40 Yard Interception Return (Matt Prater Kick is Good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 40 yds, 0:00
denFG14:20Matt Prater 27 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 9 plays, 62 yds, 3:25
denSF10:39Cam Newton Sacked By Mike Adams In End Zone For -2 Yards
Drive info: 3 plays, -11 yds, 1:53
carTD5:14Greg Olsen 5 Yard Pass From Cam Newton (Justin Medlock Kick is Good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 77 yds, 4:22
denTD3:30Ronnie Hillman 5 Yard Run (Matt Prater Kick is Good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 54 yds, 1:46

Research Notes

Peyton Manning was 19 of 24 for 172 yards and a touchdown when the Broncos were within 10 points of the Panthers. Entering the game, Manning led the league in completion percentage (72.0), yards per attempt (8.7) and Total QBR (91.7) when the game is within 10 points.
Peyton Manning has found his go-to guy in Demaryius Thomas. Thomas caught nine of the 11 passes Manning threw his way on Sunday, continuing a trend that started in Week 5 against the Patriots.
Cam Newton was put under duress, hit or sacked on 19 of his 45 dropbacks (42.2 pct) in Sunday's game. That's the highest single-game percentage and total for Newton this season, and the highest number of dropbacks under pressure the Broncos defense has forced in a game this season. Newton was sacked seven times, tied for fourth most in a game this season, and finished 1-of-9 for 8 yards and an interception when under duress.
Peyton Manning now has 147 wins, tying Dan Marino for the 3rd-most all-time as a starting QB.
The Panthers were 0-12 on 3rd down conversions today vs the Broncos. The only other team to go without a 3rd down conversion this season was the Jaguars (0-9 in Week 2 vs the Texans). The Panthers are the first team to go 0-12 or worse on 3rd down since the Bills went 0-12 against the Dolphins (Week 11 in 2011)
Peyton Manning's first touchdown pass of the day was the 420th of his career. That ties Dan Marino for the second-most in NFL history.

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