New­ton-led Pan­thers roll past Red­skins

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Cam New­ton passed for 300 yards and two touch­downs, Jonathan Ste­wart rushed for 132 yards and the Carolina Pan­thers de­feated the Wash­ing­ton Red­skins 26-15 Mon­day night at FedEx Field.

New­ton com­pleted 21 of 37 passes and tight end Greg Olsen had six catches for 85 yards for Carolina, which scored 10 points in the third quar­ter to go up by 14. Gra­ham Gano kicked four field goals as the Pan­thers held on for its sec­ond straight win.

The loss leaves the Red­skins (7-6-1) now on the out­side look­ing in at the play­offs with two games re­main­ing. Carolina (6-8) mean­while, keeps its very slim play­off hopes alive.

Kirk Cousins passed for 316 yards on 32 of 47 pass­ing with one in­ter­cep­tion. DeSean Jackson caught seven passes for 111 yards. The Red­skins were held to 29 yards rush­ing.

The Pan­thers have won five straight ver­sus Wash­ing­ton, which fell to 2-16 in Mon­day night games at FedEx Field.

Red­skins cor­ner­back Josh Nor­man played his first game against his for­mer team, who let him leave af­ter four sea­sons when they re­scinded his fran­chise tag in the spring. Nor­man nearly had an in­ter­cep­tion when he broke up a third-quar­ter New­ton pass in the end zone.

Af­ter Gano missed a 38-yard field-goal at­tempt with 5:37 left and Carolina up 23-12, Cousins and Jackson con­nected twice — once on an in­com­plete call that was re­versed af­ter a chal­lenge-and Dustin Hop­kins’ 34yard field goal pulled Wash­ing­ton within eight points with 3:44 re­main­ing.

On the next pos­ses­sion, Ste­wart ripped off a 34-yard gain on first down and Gano’s 41-yarder with 1:12 left sealed the win for the Pan­thers, who didn’t have a turnover.

Wash­ing­ton’s Will Black­mon fielded the sec­ond-half kick­off three yards deep and brought it out, but only to the 15. On the next play, Pan­thers de­fen­sive end Wes Hor­ton hit Cousins, re­cov­ered the en­su­ing fum­ble and was brought down at the 1. New­ton hit Mike Tol­bert and it was 20-3 while fans were still re­turn­ing to their seats.

Gano’s 23-yarder with 5:07 left in the third quar­ter in­creased the lead to 23-9.

Thanks in part to a 17-yard side­line catch by Jackson that was orig­i­nally ruled in­com­plete be­fore the Red­skins chal­lenged it, Wash­ing­ton drove to the Carolina 10. On the last play of the quar­ter, run­ning back Rob Kelly lost two yards and tight end Jor­dan Reed was ejected for punch­ing a Carolina player af­ter the play.

Pushed back 15 yards, the Red­skins ul­ti­mately set­tled for a field goal, cut­ting the deficit to 23-12 with 14:08 left.

The teams traded field goals early and Carolina took a 10-3 lead af­ter go­ing 84 yards in eight plays. New­ton capped the drive when he found Ted Ginn, Jr. wide open in the end zone from 30 yards out with 1:50 re­main­ing in the first quar­ter.

Three plays from scrim­mage later, Carolina safety Kurt Cole­man in­ter­cepted Cousins and re­turned it 27 yards to the Red­skins 24. The Pan­thers drove in­side the five, but set­tled for a 23-yard Gano field goal to make it 13-3 early in the sec­ond quar­ter.

A New­ton penalty cost the Pan­thers a chance for three more. He slid af­ter pick­ing up a yard on third-and-9 at the Red­skins 27, and Trent Mur­phy dove at New­ton and ap­peared to hit his head. Mur­phy wasn’t flagged, but New­ton lobbed the ball at him and got a 15-yard taunt­ing penalty that pushed Carolina out of field-goal range.

Cousins made the Pan­thers pay, lead­ing a seven play, 89-yard drive. Kelly caught passes of 17 and 22 yards, then bulled in from the 5yard line with 3:43 left in the sec­ond quar­ter. Dustin Hop­kins missed the ex­tra point and Wash­ing­ton trailed 13-9. — Reuters

LANDOVER: Wide re­ceiver Jami­son Crow­der #80 of the Wash­ing­ton Red­skins fum­bles the ball against cor­ner­back James Brad­berry #24 and free safety Tre Bos­ton #33 of the Carolina Pan­thers in the fourth quar­ter at FedExField on Mon­day, in Landover, Mary­land. — AFP

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