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The Carolina Panthers are hosting the St. Louis Rams today at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.
Carolina wins toss, defers to second half. St. Louis receives ball to start the game.
On the first play from scrimmage, Rams quarterback Sam Bradford is intercepted by Panthers safety Captain Munnerlyn, who returns it 45 yards for a touchdown. Panthers lead 7-0 less than 15 seconds into today's contest.
Rams go three-and-out on their second possession. Panthers take over at their own 26.
On the Panthers first offensive possession, they get a 1-yard loss by Williams, Newton is sacked and Steve Smith catches a short pass. Rams take over at their own 24.
Rams with their 1st first down of the game with a 13-yard pass from Bradford to tight end Jared Cook. Bradford starting to get into a groove, finding Zac Stacy on a 25-yard screen play and hitting former Appalachian State standout Brian Quick on 24-yard pass play.
On 4th and goal at the 1, the Panther stop the Rams. Bradford incomplete to Cook.
Panthers running back Mike Tolbert stopped in the end zone by Rams defensive end Eugene Sims. St. Louis gets a safety to make it 7-2 with 5:23 left in the first quarter.
Rams get a punt to start after the safety. Stacy with a long 21-yard run on the first play of scrimmage. On 2nd down and 10, Tavon Austin fumbles, which is forced by Mike Mitchell and recovered by Munnerlyn.
Panthers with two first downs out of the gate, including a long pass to Smith and a run by Tolbert. Carolina in St. Louis territory and marching.
Newton sacked just before the quarter comes to a close with Carolina leading 7-2.
Panthers get 12 yards on a pass from Newton to Smith on 3rd and 19. Gano makes a 37-yard field goal to make it a 10-2 Carolina lead.
Rams start their first drive of the second quarter at their own 20 after a touchback on the kickoff. After a quick first down, the Rams have a 63-yard touchdown pass from Bradford to Austin negated by a tripping penalty on tackle Jake Long.
St. Louis converting a pair of third downs to keep their drive going. Rams inside the Panthers red zone. St. Louis stopped at their own 10 and settle for a 28-yard field goal by Greg Zuerlien.
Panthers try to score just before the half with 5:25 left on the clock. Newton with two big pass plays to start the drive â€” a 19-yard dump pass to Williams and a 25-yard strike to Greg Olsen.
Newton with a pretty 13-yard run to get his team down to the St. Louis 22. A 22-yard pass from Newton puts the Panthers down at their own 1, where they plunge it in with Mike Tolbert. Carolina ahead 17-5 with 1:05 left until halftime.
Johnson sacks Bradford for a loss of seven yards. Rams with a timeout. Panthers try to capitalize late with the ball, but run out of time. Carolina leading at the break.
HALFTIME: Carolina 17, St. Louis 5
Panthers receive ball to start the half. They take over at their own 26.
Panthers get a defensive holding penalty against St. Louis to get a first down on opening drive.
A long pass play from Newton to Smith moves the ball near midfield. Newton shaken up on a hit after hand off from Quinn. Derek Anderson going in at QB for at least one play. Newton standing on sidelines.
HUGE scuffle on the field. Punches thrown and helmets removed. Rams DE Chris Long ejected for throwing a punch. After the mayhem, Carolina takes over at the Rams 17.
Newton to Smith for 16 yards. He appeared to cross the goal line, but ruled down at 1. Rivera throws challenge flag.
Panthers lose challenge. Ball ruled down at the 1-yard line. Carolina looking to pound this one in for a 19-point lead.
Emotions running high. Tolbert flagged for a personal foul. Play essentially costs Carolina a TD. Gano converts on a 31-yard field goal. Panthers lead Rams, 20-5.
Bradford comes out blazing from a TV timeout. Bradford finds Quick on a 73-yard pass play to the Carolina 7. Rams complete the drive with a 4-yard pass to Stacy. St. Louis cuts deficit to 20-12 with 5:22 left in third quarter.
Panthers start at their own 28 with 5:15 left in the third quarter. Carolina moving the ball through the air. Newton finding LaFell for 8 yards and Williams for 12 yards.
Steve Smith's 800th career reception is a special on â€” a 19-yard touchdown grab from Newton. Panthers lead 27-12 as quarter comes to a close.
Rams continuing to hurt themselves with penalties. Two plays of negative yards. A personal foul penalty and unnecessary roughness penalty on St. Louis. Rams backed up real deep in their own territory and are forced to punt.
Carolina takes over at its own 48 after a holding penalty on the ensuing punt. Panthers move ball, but unable to get a touchdown. Gano's 50-yard field goal puts Carolina ahead 30-12 with 11:32 left in the game.
Rams start at their own 20 after a touchback on the kickoff. Two play into the drive, and St. Louis is already in Carolina territory.
Bradford comes out firing on the next Rams possession. Drive almost stalls in Carolina territory, but hands to the face penalty extends it.
Rams come up short on 3rd and 7 when Quick drops a near touchdown pass in the end zone. Zuerlien converts on a 42-yard field goal. Rams trail 30-15 with 9:09 left in game.
Carolina starts at its own 20, trying to eat some clock. Williams takes back-to-back rushes and Newton dumps a pass off to Olsen. Panthers punt 53 yards, but Austin returns it to the Rams 41. There is 6:57 left in the game.
Rams get three quick passes, but look to come up short of a first down. However, Greg Hardy called for a late hit on Bradford.
Bradford scrambles and goes down on the sideline. Players scuffling in the wake of injury. Rams flagged for a personal foul.
Kellin Clemmons goes in at quarter, but throws an incomplete pass on 3rd down. Rams elect to punt with less than five minutes to go in the game.
Carolina gets a first down to run off valuable time on the clock. Panthers punt to the Rams 16-yard line.
Two-minute warning. Rams at their own 18 trailing 30-15. Clemmons fumbles - forced by Greg Hardy and recovered by Kawaan Short. A couple of kneel downs, and the Panthers have won their third game of the season.
FINAL SCORE: Carolina 30, St. Louis 15