Washington Spoils Cam Newton's Return to Carolina As They Beat The Panthers 27-21

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Washington Spoils Cam Newton's Return to Carolina As They Beat The Panthers 27-21

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Washington Spoils Cam Newton's Return to Carolina As They Beat The Panthers 27-21

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With a game filled with emotions, the fireworks started on the opening drive but sadly, it was not for Washington. Cam Newton led the Panthers down the field and connected with DJ Moore for a touchdown on his first drive back in Carolina. Washington responded with a three and out, which gave Carolina all the momentum to start the game.

Carolina could not keep the momentum going as Washington forced a three and out of their own. Washington was putting together a drive of their own until Antonio Gibson fumbled the ball at Carolina’s 10-yard line. Washington’s defense stepped up as they forced a three and out, which made the turnover hurt a little less. On the back of Terry McLaurin, Washington started putting together another good drive as the first quarter ended. 

The second quarter started off great for Washington as Taylor Heinicke found Cam Sims on a sidearm touchdown pass to even things up at seven. After exchanging punts, the Panthers scored behind the legs of Cam Newton after he scrambled for a 24-yard touchdown. Washington would put together a good drive before the half and end it with a touchdown pass to Terry McLaurin to tie things up before half. 

Halftime Score WAS 14 – CAR 14 

Washington opened up the second half by receiving the kick-off, and they looked to carry momentum over to this half, and they did just that. After riding the back of Antonio Gibson to the red zone, Taylor Heinicke connected with DeAndre Carter for a touchdown giving Washington a seven-point lead. 

Washington’s defense forced a punt giving the ball back to their offense looking to add to their 14 unanswered points. They could not keep things rolling as they punted to end the third. 

Christan McCaffrey started the fourth with a bang as Cam Newton found him for a 27 yard touchdown pass to even the score at 21. Washington decided to roll the dice and go for it on fourth and three and Heinicke worked some of his magic and found rookie John Bates to convert. Washington would then go on to kick a 36-yard field goal to go up three.

Carolina chose to go for it on fourth and three with just under three minutes left and Cameron Curl stopped Christan Mccaffrey just shy of the line to gain. Washington would get the ball back with a chance to ice the game.

Washington would come up short on third down and would settle for a field goal putting them up six. This gave Cam Newton a chance to lead a game-winning drive in his return to Carolina, but the Washington defense would sack Cam Newton on third down spoiling his return.

Washington has now picked up some momentum as they have won two straight and look to keep rolling next week at home against Seattle.

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