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Porterville Recorder - - SPORTS - MC­CAF­FREY STARTS MC­DON­ALD RE­TURNS DRAKE’S BIG RUN NEW­TON’S NUM­BERS

Jay Cut­ler had 213 yards pass­ing with two touch­downs and one in­ter­cep­tion for the Dol­phins (4-5), who have lost three straight.

The game turned with 41 sec­onds left in the first half, when Luke Kuechly in­ter­cepted Jay Cut­ler with Carolina lead­ing 10-7.

Four plays later, New­ton con­nected with Ed Dick­son on a 7-yard touch­down pass. That opened the flood­gates as the Pan­thers scored touch­downs on five straight drives.

The Pan­thers gave Mc­caf­frey the start at run­ning back over Ste­wart, who fum­bled twice last week against the Fal­cons. Mc­caf­frey didn’t let them down, com­bin­ing for 50 yards and two scores,

in­clud­ing a nifty 4-yard touch­down run where he faked out two Mi­ami de­fend­ers.

Dol­phins safety T.J. Mc­don­ald re­turned to the start­ing lineup af­ter serv­ing an eight-game sus­pen­sion for vi­o­lat­ing the league’s sub­stance abuse pol­icy, but it didn’t help the strug­gling Dol­phins de­fense.

Kenyan Drake pro­vided the big play for the Dol­phins, break­ing free for a 66-yard touch­down run in the third quar­ter.

New­ton passes Dan Marino for the third­most to­tal yards (pass­ing and rush­ing) in a quar­ter­back’s first seven sea­sons. New­ton trails only Pey­ton Man­ning and Matt Ryan in that cat­e­gory.

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