Sunday was a great step forward for the Panthers. Newton's weird attitude was still evident on the field, but was markedly improved in the presser. By any objective measure, he did not play great or even good football, though. He wasn't downright brutal and the Panthers are getting to the point where they can win games with a pedestrian quarterback. A closer look at Carolina's final drive:
1st and 10 at CAR 20 D.Williams left end to CAR 21 for 1 yard (N.Collins). 2nd and 9 at CAR 21 (Shotgun) C.Newton pass incomplete short middle to S.Smith [I.Idonije]. PENALTY on CHI-I.Idonije, Roughing the Passer, 15 yards, enforced at CAR 21 - No Play. 1st and 10 at CAR 36 C.Newton pass short right to G.Barnidge pushed ob at CAR 43 for 7 yards (L.Briggs). 2nd and 3 at CAR 43 J.Stewart left tackle to CAR 45 for 2 yards (C.Tillman). 3rd and 1 at CAR 45 C.Newton right end pushed ob at CHI 39 for 16 yards (C.Tillman). 1st and 10 at CHI 39 D.Williams left guard to CHI 31 for 8 yards (I.Idonije; C.Conte). 2nd and 2 at CHI 31 (No Huddle) D.Williams left tackle to CHI 32 for -1 yards (I.Idonije). 3rd and 3 at CHI 32 (Shotgun) M.Tolbert right guard to CHI 29 for 3 yards (H.Melton). 1st and 10 at CHI 29 (Shotgun) J.Stewart left guard to CHI 27 for 2 yards (C.Conte). Timeout #2 by CHI at 02:43. 2nd and 8 at CHI 27 C.Newton pass incomplete deep left to S.Smith. 3rd and 8 at CHI 27 (Shotgun) C.Newton pass incomplete short right. 4th and 8 at CHI 27 (Field Goal formation) J.Medlock 45 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.Jansen, Holder-B.Nortman.
I don't know about Newton "marching the Panthers down the field", though.
He was 1 of 3 for 7 yards on the drive. Everything else was on the ground.
The biggest play of the drive was his 16 yard bootleg on 3rd and 1 on a fantastic call by "complete idiot" OC Chudzinski.
Pretty good drive by the worst offensive line in the universe if you ask me.
Sorry about the copy and paste job on the play by play...
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