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Breaking Down Games of Common Opponents Between the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos

The Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos have not faced each other this season. However they did face two similar teams and actually faced them in consecutive weeks. This is a breakdown of those games from the regular season.

Indianapolis Colts

Week 8: Carolina Panthers 29, Indianapolis Colts 26 (OT)

This was the first game that became a trend for the Panthers as they nearly blew a second half lead after holding a 23-6 lead and saw the Colts score 17 straight points, including a field goal by Adam Vinatieri as time expired.

The Colts then when on to a score a field goal on their opening drive of overtime but Graham Gano was the hero with two straight field goals, including a 52-yarder to end the game.

The Panthers had an excellent game running the ball with 140 rushing yards, with Jonathan Stewart leading the way with 82 yards and one touchdown. The defense was the story in this game as they forced a fumble and interception on the Colts' first two drives. Andrew Luck finished the game with three interceptions, one by Kurt ColemanCharles Tillman and Luke Kuechly.

Week 9: Indianapolis Colts 27, Denver Broncos 24

The Colts jumped out to a big 17-point lead halfway through the second quarter but the Broncos were able to tie it up in the fourth quarter at 24. Adam Vinatieri was asked to make another late-game field goal and the Colts were able to hold on and beat their former franchise quarterback, Peyton Manning. The Broncos' quarterback finished the game with 281 passing yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

This would mark the first loss of the season for the Broncos. The offense struggled to establish the run in the game, finishing with only 35 rushing yards on the ground, due in part to falling behind early in this game. The defense meanwhile couldn't get to Andrew Luck, who was sacked only once and didn't have a single turnover.

This game was the start of a stretch where the Broncos lost four of their next seven games and this was the last regular season game that Manning played the entire game. The Broncos' quarterback would be pulled the following week for Brock Osweiler, who finished out the regular season as the starting quarterback, except for the second half of the season finale.

Green Bay Packers

Week 8: Denver Broncos 29, Green Bay Packers 10

The Green Bay Packers started the year very well, winning their first six games, and entered Week 8 undefeated, as did the Denver Broncos. However, the Broncos didn't make it much of a game by jumping out to a 17-point lead and winning 29-10.

Peyton Manning had one of his best games of the season even though he did not throw a touchdown pass. He finished with a season-high 340 passing yards, completing over 72% of his passes and was not sacked once.

The Broncos' run game was the key to the offense as Ronnie Hillman and C.J. Anderson combined for 161 rushing yards and three touchdowns.

On the other side of the ball, the defense was able to shut down Aaron Rodgers, who only had 77 passing yards and was sacked three times. The Broncos have done an excellent job getting pressure on the quarterback from the linebacker position and this game was no different as DeMarcus Ware and Von Miller each had a sack.

Week 9: Carolina Panthers 37, Green Bay Packers 29

The Packers' quarterback had a much better game with 369 passing yards and four touchdowns, however the end result was the same as the Panthers beat the Packers 37-29. This was the second straight week that the Panthers nearly blew a big second half lead.

Cam Newton matched Rodgers with four touchdowns of his own (3 passing, 1 rushing) however he almost had a costly mistake at the end of the game. The Packers had just scored to cut the lead to eight points and on the first play Newton had his pass intercepted. However, Thomas Davis made the game saving play with an interception on 4th-and-Goal from the four-yard line with about two minutes left in the game. 

Similar to the Broncos, the Panthers dominated on the ground with 130 rushing yards were able to put pressure on Rodgers with five sacks.

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