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Panthers go up 7-6 on Steve Smith touchdown

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The Panthers avoided red zone problems, by avoiding the red zone.

Cam Newton just hit Steve Smith for a 31-yard touchdown pass, giving the Panthers a 7-6 lead over the 49ers in the second quarter.

The 49ers had just stifled the Panthers, hanging onto their 6-0 lead with an incredible defensive stop at the goal line.

They were able to stop both Newton and fullback Mike Tolbert on short-yardage runs, and drilled Newton in the backfield short of converting a fourth-and-inches attempt on the first play of the second quarter.

But the Panthers held, forcing a three-and-out (which included a near pic-six by Quintin Mikell) , and used a 24-yard punt return by Ted Ginn to get back into position.

Then Newton dropped a perfect pass in to Smith, who worried people this week with the condition of his knee. Smith now has three catches for 65 yards, which should establish that he’s OK.

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28 Responses to “Panthers go up 7-6 on Steve Smith touchdown”
  1. droyer85 says: Jan 12, 2014 1:58 PM

    I hope Kaeptain Munnerlyn picks off Kaepernick

  2. nflfollower says: Jan 12, 2014 2:01 PM

    Going for it on 4th down was a great call. It’s called trusting your defense.

  3. beastmode5150 says: Jan 12, 2014 2:02 PM

    Kap is so bad, one read QB.

  4. winninaintsinnin says: Jan 12, 2014 2:03 PM

    And it wasn’t even called back via penalty…

    Amazing.

  5. winninaintsinnin says: Jan 12, 2014 2:05 PM

    Funny, after every San Fran vs GB game, Kapernick is anointed as the top young QB out there.

    But then he faces a real defense and…

    Not so much.

  6. fanofevilempire says: Jan 12, 2014 2:07 PM

    this game is not over, keep your dirty draws on fellas.

  7. winninaintsinnin says: Jan 12, 2014 2:07 PM

    Only way SF wins is with the help of the refs.

  8. tarkentin says: Jan 12, 2014 2:08 PM

    SF is not a very physical team. Carolina is smashing them in the face….Steve Smith is having a field day. Kaepernick looks like he wishes they’d lost last week.

  9. winninaintsinnin says: Jan 12, 2014 2:11 PM

    Brooks threw a punch. Why is he still in the game?

  10. polapea says: Jan 12, 2014 2:14 PM

    Some of the worst playcalling at the goal line I’ve seen. It’s obvious they are stacking the A-gap. How about a fake dive w/ a bootleg? Have the TE block down then release. Forces the contain man to decide to play Newton or Olsen.

  11. juiceonfire says: Jan 12, 2014 2:15 PM

    How are they not a physical team when they have two goal line stops

  12. winninaintsinnin says: Jan 12, 2014 2:19 PM

    If SF wins, Kapernick will be terrible in Seattle.

  13. The League's Crusade Against The Steelers Continues says: Jan 12, 2014 2:21 PM

    Kaepernick is bad.

  14. norcarquestfor6 says: Jan 12, 2014 2:22 PM

    Lol. 49ers are the better team, look out 13/10 halftime lead

  15. gbfanforever says: Jan 12, 2014 2:28 PM

    I don’t care who wins but it really seems like something is up with a couple refs having a pro San Francisco agenda. It’s absurd!

  16. russellwilsonismymvp says: Jan 12, 2014 2:28 PM

    So it’s ok for niners players to headbutt after a play…just not the panther players…got it.

  17. FinFan68 says: Jan 12, 2014 2:30 PM

    winninaintsinnin says:
    Jan 12, 2014 2:07 PM
    Only way SF wins is with the help of the refs.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    So far, that’s exactly what they are getting. It’s starting to look like the NFL wants an NFC West showdown in the championship game.

  18. classyjacklambert says: Jan 12, 2014 2:30 PM

    I don’t have a dog in this fight but Carolina is getting hosed on the penalty front. The Carolina db bumps heads with kaepernick and draws a 15 yard penalty and Boldin head butts a db the next drive and nothing…

  19. beastmode5150 says: Jan 12, 2014 2:32 PM

    Niners whining apparently works, they get literally every call.

  20. aljack88 says: Jan 12, 2014 2:33 PM

    one team can get away with headbutts after the play, the other team gets called.

    but they finally call Harbaugh

  21. thelionsrgreat says: Jan 12, 2014 2:40 PM

    It’s totally obvious the panthers are going to have to beat the officials today too. Worst first officiating half to date in the playoffs. Wonder how much Jim and john pooled together to grease the zebras.

  22. lovetohate12 says: Jan 12, 2014 2:42 PM

    Boo Hoo Kitty Cats!

  23. pgilbert2013 says: Jan 12, 2014 2:42 PM

    Wow the Panthers D are acting like petulant college kids. If you guys lose buy 6 or less, you can blame the stupid Antics of your Defense.

    Big boys don’t need to talk the talk…they walk the walk! Go Niners!!!

  24. lovetohate12 says: Jan 12, 2014 2:43 PM

    I think they call the Coach of the Panthers Riverboat Ron because thats how he and his entire illegal alien roach family came into this county, the MS river.

  25. doe22us says: Jan 12, 2014 2:43 PM

    The refs are not even hiding their agenda anymore its kinda sad really. Refs 13- Panthers-10, Panthers just have to run through this because they wont get any help from the refs…

  26. lovetohate12 says: Jan 12, 2014 2:47 PM

    as if either one of these teams is going to go to Seattle and beat the Seahawks. Get real.

  27. rick359 says: Jan 12, 2014 2:54 PM

    Hairball is the worst most WHINEY NFL coach EVER!

    He looks like he has perpetual collick

  28. bradytoanybody says: Jan 12, 2014 4:00 PM

    LOL @ the panthers fans that beat their chests prematurely and please save it about the refs. Looking forward to playing the 49ers in the Superbowl. Go Pats!!!

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