Newton-led Panthers roll past Redskins

Tue Dec 20, 2016 12:51am EST
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(The Sports Xchange) - 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cornerback Josh Norman played his first game against his former team, who let him leave after four seasons when they rescinded his franchise tag in the spring.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' 34-yard 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.   Continued...

Dec 19, 2016; Landover, MD, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) throws the ball as Washington Redskins defensive end Ricky Jean Francois (99) defends in the third quarter at FedEx Field. The Panthers won 26-15. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports