Panthers coach Ron Rivera praised offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski for some terrific halftime adjustments Sunday that led to three touchdown drives to start the second half.
"He felt that we could run the ball a little bit on them which we did in the second half," Rivera said after Carolina's 33-20 win over Washington. "I thought that was a little bit of an adjustment. But also, we really were trying to figure out how they wanted to attack us. Once he got the rhythm of that, he was able to get going."
Cam Newton was sacked four times in the first half, but he wasn't caught in the second half.
"I also think it helped our offensive line a little bit in terms of seeing the different looks they had given in the first half," Rivera said. "I think some of the protections we changed, we got better with in terms of what (offensive line) coach John Matsko did with the offensive line.
"In the first half, we blew a couple protections and Cam got hit. It's disappointing. It's stuff that we were able to correct and get going in the second half."