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Newton throws 2 TDs to lead Panthers past 49ers 23-3

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) While Cam Newton shakes off some rust following offseason shoulder surgery, the Carolina Panthers still have their dominant defense to carry them.

Newton overcame a sometimes shaky performance to throw a pair of touchdown passes following San Francisco turnovers and the Panthers shut down Kyle Shanahan's offense in his coaching debut, beating the 49ers 23-3 Sunday.

''The quarterback obviously is still working on his timing,'' coach Ron Rivera said. ''He missed a couple of throws. He knows it. He's upset with himself. I had to talk him off a ledge. He's focusing on what he needs to get done. The nice thing is all the other guys are rallying around him. They understand he's a little rusty.

Newton played only one series in the preseason following offseason surgery to repair a partially torn rotator cuff and looked like a player finding his game.

He completed 14 of 25 passes for 171 yards, and cost Carolina a touchdown when he missed a wide-open Ed Dickson in the end zone in the first half.

But he still managed to do enough to get the win as the Panthers try to rebound from a disappointing 6-10 season in 2016.

Newton threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Russell Shepard in the first half following a fumble by Brian Hoyer, then a 9-yard touchdown to Jonathan Stewart in the third quarter after Luke Kuechly intercepted Hoyer.

Kuechly looked like his usual self after missing the final six games last season with a concussion.

''Luke was back to being Luke today,'' linebacker Thomas Davis said. ''I was definitely excited to see him doing that. The communication that he has on the field, the things that he's able to see and understand before the play actually happens makes a world of difference for this defense, and I think it showed up today.''

The Niners didn't look much improved from last year's outfit that tied a franchise worst with 14 losses. That led to the firing of coach Chip Kelly and general manager Trent Baalke.

Shanahan and new GM John Lynch each got six-year contracts to oversee a massive rebuilding job . There is plenty of work to do as San Francisco was held scoreless in the first half of the opener for the first time in 40 years and lost the first game of the season for the first time since 2010. The Niners finished with just 217 yards of offense.

Hoyer had a rough debut for San Francisco, throwing for only 193 yards and committing the two turnovers.

''It was probably as disappointing as it could have been,'' Hoyer said. ''When you get it handed to you like that, you just have to go in figure out what's wrong, make the corrections and move on.''

MCCAFFREY'S DAY

Carolina first-round pick Christian McCaffrey had an up-and-down debut. The former Stanford star gained 45 yards on 13 carries and added five catches for 38 yards. He also lost a fumble in the fourth quarter.

''I didn't play as well as I would've liked to, but anytime you can get a win we're happy,'' McCaffrey said.

FOURTH-DOWN FOLLIES

Shanahan went twice on fourth down in the first half and failed. Hoyer was sacked by Thomas Davis on fourth-and-4 from the Carolina 44, and Kyle Juszczyk was stuffed by Star Lotulelei on a fourth-and-1 from the 45. The Panthers turned those short fields into a pair of field goals. San Francisco converted one of two fourth-down attempts in the second half.

UNDER PRESSURE

The Panthers put heavy pressure on Hoyer and had four sacks, including one by Wes Horton that forced a fumble by Hoyer. Carolina finished second in the NFL last season with 47 sacks.

ROLLER COASTER

San Francisco safety Jaquiski Tartt had a wild first half that included a missed tackle on Shepard's touchdown, a personal foul for unnecessary roughness, then an acrobatic interception near the goal line on a deep pass to Kelvin Benjamin.

INJURIES

Niners rookie linebacker Reuben Foster had an impressive debut cut short when he injured his right ankle late in the first quarter. Foster got hurt on a run by McCaffrey and was taken to the locker room on a cart. He returned to the field a few minutes later, but didn't get back in the game. Foster said he expects to play next week. Foster had three tackles and a pass breakup before the injury.

UP NEXT

Panthers: Host Buffalo next Sunday.

49ers: Visit Seattle next Sunday.

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Key Players
C. Newton 1 QB
171 YDs, 2 TDs, 1 INTs
P. Garcon 15 WR
81 YDs, 0 TDs
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:08
R.Gould 44 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-K.Nelson, Holder-B.Pinion.
10
plays
49
yds
3:03
pos
23
3
Field Goal 3:11
G.Gano 20 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.Jansen, Holder-M.Palardy.
11
plays
66
yds
6:53
pos
23
0
Point After TD 11:24
G.Gano extra point is GOOD, Center-J.Jansen, Holder-M.Palardy.
plays
yds
pos
20
0
Touchdown 11:24
C.Newton pass short right to J.Stewart for 9 yards, TOUCHDOWN. Caught at SF 11. 11-yds YAC
5
plays
28
yds
3:01
pos
19
0
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:00
G.Gano 36 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.Jansen, Holder-M.Palardy.
7
plays
37
yds
0:42
pos
13
0
Field Goal 3:23
G.Gano 39 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.Jansen, Holder-M.Palardy.
8
plays
27
yds
3:04
pos
10
0
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:00
G.Gano extra point is GOOD, Center-J.Jansen, Holder-M.Palardy.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 3:00
C.Newton pass deep left to R.Shepard for 40 yards, TOUCHDOWN. Caught at SF 21. 21-yds YAC
3
plays
42
yds
1:35
pos
6
0
Team Stats
Time of Pos 34:21 25:39
1st Downs 20 13
Rushing 9 2
Passing 8 10
Penalty 3 1
3rd Down Conv 7-13 2-11
4th Down Conv 0-0 1-4
Total Net Yards 287 217
Total Plays 63 54
Avg Gain 4.6 4.0
Net Yards Rushing 116 51
Rush Attempts 38 15
Avg Rush Yards 3.1 3.4
Net Yards Passing 171 166
Comp. - Att. 14-25 24-35
Yards Per Pass 6.8 4.7
Sacked - Yards Lost 0-0 4-27
Penalties - Yards 5-40 10-74
Touchdowns 2 0
Rushing TDs 0 0
Passing TDs 2 0
Other 0 0
Turnovers 2 2
Fumbles - Lost 2-1 1-1
Int. Thrown 1 1
Punts - Avg 3-51.7 4-40.8
Return Yards 30 46
Punts - Returns 3-7 1-9
Kickoffs - Returns 0-0 0-0
Int. - Returns 1-23 1-37
Kicking 5/5 1/1
Extra Points 2/2 0/0
Field Goals 3/3 1/1
Red Zone Eff. 1-3 -33% 0-1 -0%
Goal to Go Eff. 1-2 -50% 0-1 -0%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Panthers 1-0 7610023
49ers 0-1 00303
171 PASS YDS 166
116 RUSH YDS 51
287 TOTAL YDS 217
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
C. Newton 1 QB
16
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
56% 171 2 1 87.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
56% 171 2 1 87.3
C. Newton 14/25 171 2 1 16
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
J. Stewart 28 RB
13
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
18 65 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
18 65 0
J. Stewart 18 65 0 10 13
C. McCaffrey 22 RB
5
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 47 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
13 47 0
C. McCaffrey 13 47 0 11 5
C. Newton 1 QB
16
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 3 0
C. Newton 6 3 0 5 16
F. Whittaker 43 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
F. Whittaker 1 1 0 1 0
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
R. Shepard 19 WR
11
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 53 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 53 1
R. Shepard 2 2 53 1 40 11
C. McCaffrey 22 RB
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 5 38 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 5 38 0
C. McCaffrey 7 5 38 0 16 5
K. Benjamin 13 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 1 25 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 25 0
K. Benjamin 5 1 25 0 25 2
D. Funchess 17 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 20 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 20 0
D. Funchess 2 2 20 0 16 2
G. Olsen 88 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 2 18 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 18 0
G. Olsen 4 2 18 0 17 1
J. Stewart 28 RB
13
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 17 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 17 1
J. Stewart 2 2 17 1 9 13
E. Dickson 84 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 0 0 0
E. Dickson 1 0 0 0 0 0
D. Byrd 18 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 0 0 0
D. Byrd 1 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
T. Davis 58 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 1.0
T. Davis 7-0 1.0 0 0
K. Coleman 20 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
K. Coleman 6-0 0.0 0 0
L. Kuechly 59 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-2 1 0.0
L. Kuechly 5-2 0.0 1 0
J. Bradberry 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
J. Bradberry 5-1 0.0 0 0
D. Worley 26 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
D. Worley 4-0 0.0 0 0
M. Adams 29 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
M. Adams 4-0 0.0 0 0
S. Green-Thompson 54 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
S. Green-Thompson 2-0 1.0 0 0
K. Short 99 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
K. Short 2-0 0.0 0 0
M. Addison 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
M. Addison 2-0 0.0 0 0
E. Dickson 84 TE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
E. Dickson 1-0 0.0 0 0
K. Love 93 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
K. Love 1-0 0.0 0 0
S. Lotulelei 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.5
S. Lotulelei 1-2 0.5 0 0
W. Horton 96 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.0
W. Horton 1-1 1.0 0 1
F. Whittaker 43 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
F. Whittaker 1-0 0.0 0 0
C. Newton 1 QB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
C. Newton 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Peppers 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
J. Peppers 0-1 0.5 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
G. Gano 9 K
0
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
3/3 2/2
SEASON FG XP
3/3 2/2
G. Gano 3/3 39 2/2 11
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. Palardy 5 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 51.7 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
3 51.7 1
M. Palardy 3 51.7 1 58
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. McCaffrey 22 RB
5
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 2.3 4 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 2.3 4 0
C. McCaffrey 3 2.3 4 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
B. Hoyer 2 QB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
68.6% 193 0 1 70.3
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
68.6% 193 0 1 70.3
B. Hoyer 24/35 193 0 1 3
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
C. Hyde 28 RB
7
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 45 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
9 45 0
C. Hyde 9 45 0 18 7
M. Breida 22 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 11 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 11 0
M. Breida 4 11 0 5 1
K. Juszczyk 44 FB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 0 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 0 0
K. Juszczyk 1 0 0 0 1
B. Hoyer 2 QB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 -5 0
B. Hoyer 1 -5 0 -5 3
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
P. Garcon 15 WR
8
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
10 6 81 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 81 0
P. Garcon 10 6 81 0 22 8
C. Hyde 28 RB
7
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 6 32 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 32 0
C. Hyde 6 6 32 0 10 7
G. Kittle 85 TE
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 5 27 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 5 27 0
G. Kittle 6 5 27 0 13 2
M. Goodwin 11 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 3 21 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 21 0
M. Goodwin 6 3 21 0 14 2
K. Juszczyk 44 FB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 2 17 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 17 0
K. Juszczyk 4 2 17 0 12 1
T. Taylor 81 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 8 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 8 0
T. Taylor 1 1 8 0 8 0
A. Robinson 19 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 7 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 7 0
A. Robinson 2 1 7 0 7 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
J. Tartt 29 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 1 0.0
J. Tartt 7-0 0.0 1 0
R. Armstrong 54 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
R. Armstrong 5-1 0.0 0 0
D. Buckner 99 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
D. Buckner 5-1 0.0 0 0
N. Bowman 53 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
N. Bowman 3-2 0.0 0 0
E. Reid 35 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
E. Reid 3-2 0.0 0 0
A. Armstead 91 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
A. Armstead 3-0 0.0 0 0
R. Foster 56 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
R. Foster 3-0 0.0 0 0
R. Robinson 33 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
R. Robinson 2-2 0.0 0 1
E. Harold 57 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
E. Harold 2-0 0.0 0 0
D. Johnson 36 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
D. Johnson 2-0 0.0 0 0
S. Thomas 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
S. Thomas 2-0 0.0 0 0
T. Carradine 95 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
T. Carradine 1-1 0.0 0 0
D. Kilgore 67 C
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Kilgore 1-0 0.0 0 0
X. Cooper 96 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
X. Cooper 1-0 0.0 0 0
B. Coyle 50 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
B. Coyle 1-0 0.0 0 0
B. Hoyer 2 QB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
B. Hoyer 1-0 0.0 0 0
E. Mitchell 90 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
E. Mitchell 1-1 0.0 0 0
R. Mostert 31 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
R. Mostert 1-0 0.0 0 0
K. Williams 24 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
K. Williams 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Jones 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Jones 1-0 0.0 0 0
A. Colbert 38 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
A. Colbert 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Watson 97 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
D. Watson 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
R. Gould 9 K
0
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 0/0
SEASON FG XP
1/1 0/0
R. Gould 1/1 44 0/0 3
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
B. Pinion 5 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 40.8 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
4 40.8 1
B. Pinion 4 40.8 1 49
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Taylor 81 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 9.0 9 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 9.0 9 0
T. Taylor 1 9.0 9 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 CAR 25 2:58 6 13 Punt
7:47 CAR 14 1:43 3 4 Punt
4:35 SF 42 1:35 3 42 TD
0:45 CAR 22 1:38 3 7 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:14 CAR 25 2:28 4 30 INT
6:27 SF 48 3:04 8 27 FG
0:42 CAR 45 0:42 7 37 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:25 SF 28 3:01 5 28 TD
10:04 CAR 32 6:53 11 66 FG
0:08 CAR 25 1:31 3 8 Fumble
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
8:48 CAR 1 8:48 13 47 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:02 SF 18 4:15 6 36 Punt
6:04 SF 24 1:29 4 18 Fumble
3:00 SF 25 2:15 4 7 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:07 SF 27 1:53 3 -11 Punt
9:46 SF 38 3:19 7 10 Downs
3:23 SF 25 2:41 6 30 Downs
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 SF 25 0:35 2 14 INT
11:24 SF 25 1:20 3 4 Punt
3:11 SF 25 3:03 10 49 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:37 CAR 31 4:49 10 30 Downs