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Carolina Panthers Lead the Tennessee Titans 14-10 at Halftime

Even with a career half from Cam Newton, the Carolina Panthers only took a 14-10 lead into halftime over the Tennessee Titans.

  • The Carolina Panthers have led for most of the game but the Tennessee Titans have done a good job of answering back almost immediately after a Panthers' score. The Titans started with the ball but the Panthers' were able to force a three and out and Jonathan Stewart started the scoring with a 16-yard run for a touchdown. The Titans responded back with their own rushing touchdown on the next drive by Dexter McCluster to tie the game up at seven. The Panthers were able to respond with a touchdown, this time a pass from Cam Newton to Ed Dickson, after only nine plays to take the lead. The Titans came back with a scoring drive of their own, this time a field goal, and the Panthers were able to take a 14-10 lead into halftime.
  • The Panthers lead could have been much more as Ted Ginn Jr. returned a punt 87 yards for a touchdown. However, the touchdown was called back as Joe Webb was called for a block in the back on the play.  
  • Cam Newton had a career start to this game completing his first 11 passes, majority of which went to the team's tight ends, and at halftime has completed 12 of 13 passes for 126 yards and one touchdown. Newton completed all nine attempts to his tight ends with Greg Olsen catching six for 51 yards and Ed Dickson catching three for 31 yards as well as the touchdown pass.
  • One concern for this team going into halftime is the health of Jonathan Stewart, who was slammed at the end of the first half. He was able to walk off the field but if he is not able to play in the second half, the team will turn to Fozzy Whittaker and Mike Tolbert to keep this run game going. However, neither running back has carried the ball much this year, 30 times to be exact, compared to Stewart's 147 rushing attempts.
  • On the defensive side of the ball, the Panthers have struggled to get off the field and force three and outs. The Titans are four for seven on third down conversions in this game and have only been able to force one three and out, which came on their first drive. One of the reasons they have been able to do this is because of Marcus Mariota's ability to scramble and pick up yards with his feet. In the first half he has run four times for 24 yards, including one run of 10 yards. In the second half, the defense is going to need off the field and not allow the Titans to extend drives. 

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