Panthers hold off Jets, move to 8-3

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The Panthers offense was having a tough time making things happen in the second half of Sunday’s game against the Jets, so the defense and special teams came up with big plays to lift the team to a win.

Wes Horton‘s pressure forced a fumble by Jets quarterback Josh McCown and linebacker Luke Kuechly scooped the ball up for a 34-yard touchdown. Cam Newton ran the ball in for a two-point conversion, giving the Panthers a 26-20 lead that grew a few minutes later. The Panthers forced a three-and-out and Kaelin Clay returned the punt 60 yards for a score.

The Panthers would give up a touchdown later in the fourth quarter, but Newton and company were able to run the clock out on a 35-27 victory with the help of a roughing the passer penalty on Jets defensive lineman Mike Pennel. That penalty joined linebacker Jordan Jenkins jumping offside on the list of blunders that will burn the Jets as the loss knocked them to 4-7 without any realistic hope of sneaking into the playoffs.

Newton ran for a touchdown and had a key completion to Ed Dickson while running out the clock, but it wasn’t a good day overall for the quarterback. He had a run of nine straight incompletions bridging the second and third quarter that helped the Jets survive after falling behind by nine points in the first quarter. There were some drops mixed in, but it was a choppy outing for the offense.

The same could be said of the defense, which got strafed by Josh McCown for three touchdowns. It could have been four if replay didn’t find tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins had controlled a pass on his way out of bounds in the end zone, but Robby Anderson‘s 146 receiving yards and two touchdowns show there’s work to do on pass defense in Carolina.

That choppiness didn’t stop them from moving to 8-3 on the year and they’ll be in New Orleans next Sunday for a game against the Saints that will go a long way toward determining who wins the NFC South whether the Saints beat the Rams later in Week 12 or not.

11 responses to “Panthers hold off Jets, move to 8-3

  1. Anyone see that very very very late reaction by the ref on that roughing the passer call on Newton? The way he reacted it says to me personal agenda or NFL office agenda. It was a good seven seconds after the hit.

  2. I hate pointing fingers at the officiating after a loss but the NFL front office and the zebras are runing this league. ASJ had both hands on the ball, knee in bounds; was there a tiny bit of movement, yeah but he had firm control. The play was called TD, nothing definitive to overturn it. This is the 2nd time. There’s no way I can be alone when I say I am beyond sick of every single TD becoming a nerve racking, multi angle, too-much-time consuming annoyance instead of a time to celebrate. It’s ruining the game. Godell needs to go and the way the game is (over) officiated needs an overhall.

    PS- since someone mentioned the roughing the passer call where Jenkins was pushed into Cam, how about the end when Jets got them off thef field on 3rd down and that incompetent moron throws a flag for an obvious flop by Newton. Pennel should not have even grazed him with his forearm, but take a look at the play and tell me im wrong….

  3. I hate pointing fingers at the officiating after a loss but the NFL front office and the zebras are destroying this league. ASJ had both hands on the ball, knee in bounds; was there a tiny bit of movement, yeah but he had firm control. The play was called TD, nothing definitive to overturn it. This is the 2nd time. There’s no way I can be alone when I say I am beyond sick of every single TD becoming a nerve racking, multi angle, too-much-time consuming annoyance instead of a time to celebrate. It’s ruining the game. Godell needs to go and the way the game is (over) officiated needs an overhall.

    PS- since someone mentioned the roughing the passer call where Jenkins was pushed into Cam, how about the end when Jets got them off thef field on 3rd down and that incompetent moron throws a flag for an obvious flop by Newton. Pennel should not have even grazed him with his forearm, but take a look at the play and tell me im wrong….

  4. Sloppy game for the Panthers on both sides of the ball and they were lucky to get the win. if they do this against the Saints next week in New Orleans, then it is going to be a long day for the Cats. Lots to work on this week.

  5. You guys are wrong on the ROUGHING THE PASSER call. He wouldn’t have been flagged for just bumping into him but when he gave an unnecessary SHOVE the flag needed to come out and it did. As for the overturning of ASJ touchdown (again) this is getting ridiculous. It was a catch, perhaps with some slight movement, but c’mon you can’t overturn that. Even DEAN BLANDINO, who gets paid for his opinion said there wasn’t enough evidence to change the call.

  6. lol funny how no one cared last yr when he never got calls & this yr he gets a few AS A PANTHER FAN LETS BE CLEAR the JETS beat themselves with help from panthers defense and special teams the ROUGHING THE PASSER had little to do with it

  7. Panthers are lucky they have the #1 D, just like the 49ers with Kaepernick. It’s eerie how similar these two teams are. The 2012-13 49ers Defense was a D of memory, and Kaep was riding high on the pistol offense that the league was about to wake up to, and shut him down, and the D couldn’t carry him anymore. The 49ers D, just like the Panthers are carrying a remedial QB, just like the 49ers the Panthers will fail because of Cam. and save the hate stuff, i’d like to see Mccaffrey do some amazing things, but that’s just further proof of a poor QB

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