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Newton, defense lead Panthers past Cowboys 16-8

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Panthers defensive tackle Kawann Short stood smiling at his locker sporting a new black golf shirt with three letters stitched on that read: G2X.

It was a present to the defensive linemen from new coordinator Eric Washington - a reminder of the motto of this year's unit.

''Getting to the spot, man; getting to the quarterback,'' Short said. ''It's the mentality for everybody on defense.''

The Panthers' defense did plenty of that Sunday, sacking quarterback Dak Prescott six times and limiting Dallas to 232 yards in a 16-8 victory over the Cowboys in the season opener.

Cam Newton ran for 58 yards and a touchdown, and Luke Kuechly had 13 tackles to lead the Panthers. Short had two sacks and Mario Addison added a game-clinching strip-sack of the Cowboys quarterback with 1:23 left.

''They're great,'' Prescott said of Carolina's defense. ''Luke Kuechly is the quarterback of that defense and does a great job of putting them in good position. And they are a sure-tackling team.''

The Cowboys, who entered the season looking to replace Dez Bryant and Jason Witten, couldn't do much against a stingy Carolina defense in the first half. The Panthers limited the Cowboys to 60 yards and four first downs to take a 10-0 lead into the locker room.

Prescott finished with just 170 yards passing and Ezekiel Elliott was held to 69 yards rushing and didn't score until the fourth quarter. Dallas' leading receiver was Cole Beasley, who had seven catches for 73 yards.

Prescott refused to blame the team's struggles on adjusting to new players - or on the offense's lack of reps together in preseason.

''We have a lot of great players on this team,'' Prescott said. ''We're not talking about guys we used to have or guys that are missing. It's about the guys on the field and we gave it our all. I promise we will have a better performance next week.''

The Panthers seemed in complete control when fullback Alex Armah scored on a 1-yard run early in the fourth quarter to make it 16-0. But Carolina botched the extra point, keeping it a two-possession game and turning the momentum to the Cowboys.

Elliott scored on a 4-yard touchdown run on the next drive and Prescott added the 2-point conversion to cut the lead in half.

But Carolina stopped Dallas on its final two drives and Addison - who had 11 sacks last season - stripped Prescott of the ball and Captain Munnerlyn recovered.

''Kawann can't get a sack without me; I can't get a sack without him, can't get one without (Julius) Peppers,'' Addison said. ''Everybody's got to do their job.''

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said the Cowboys did a better job of spreading the Panthers out late in the game, but added that penalties were a killer. Dallas was penalized 10 times for 85 yards.

OLSEN DOWN AGAIN: Panthers tight end Greg Olsen left in the first half with a foot injury and did not return. He was on the sideline in the second half on crutches with his right foot in the boot.

It's the same foot Olsen broke last season, costing him nine games. Rivera offered no other updates on how long the three-time Pro Bowl selection might be out.

NEWTON RUNNING: Just as he did last season, Newton led the Panthers in rushing. He had 52 yards on four carries on the game's opening drive, but Christian McCaffrey fumbled near the goal line.

Newton said new offensive coordinator Norv Turner told him when he arrived that, ''I'm going to let you be you, baby.''

''They challenge you in so many different ways,'' Garrett said. ''The quarterback runs in the first half were such huge plays for them, converting third downs, down in the red zone. He's been doing that his whole career. We knew that was something we'd have to somehow contain and control.''

GETTING HIS KICKS: Brett Maher, who replaced Dan Bailey - the second-most accurate kicker in NFL history - missed a 47-yard field goal in his first career attempt.

CHANGING TIMES: For the first time in franchise history, the Panthers painted their team logo at midfield.

New owner David Tepper made the decision after purchasing the team from Jerry Richardson in July. The Panthers have always had the NFL ''shield'' at midfield - per Richardson's orders - since coming into the league as an expansion franchise in 1995.

INJURIES

Cowboys: Defensive end Randy Gregory suffered a concussion in the first half and did not return.

Panthers: Along with Olsen, second-team All-Pro right tackle Daryl Williams went down with a knee injury in the fourth quarter and was carted off the field. Williams tore his MCL and dislocated his knee cap in the preseason, but Rivera said this is not the same injury. ... Kuechly injured his left knee in the fourth quarter but returned to the game.

UP NEXT

Cowboys: Host the Giants on Sunday night.

Panthers: Visit the Falcons on Sunday.

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Key Players
E. Elliott 21 RB
69 RuYds, RuTD, 17 ReYds, 3 RECs
13
FPTS
C. Newton 1 QB
161 PaYds, 58 RuYds, RuTD
17
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Two Point Conversion 8:51
TWO-POINT CONVERSION ATTEMPT. D.Prescott rushes up the middle. ATTEMPT SUCCEEDS.
plays
yds
pos
8
16
Touchdown 9:38
E.Elliott right end for 4 yards TOUCHDOWN.
10
plays
75
yds
5:21
pos
6
16
Missed Point After Touchdown 14:12
G.Gano extra point is No Good Center-J.Jansen Holder-M.Palardy.
plays
yds
pos
0
16
Touchdown 14:16
A.Silatolu reported in as eligible. A.Armah up the middle for 1 yard TOUCHDOWN.
6
plays
63
yds
3:25
pos
0
16
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:07
G.Gano 27 yard field goal is GOOD Center-J.Jansen Holder-M.Palardy.
0
plays
0
yds
0:00
pos
0
10
Point After TD 8:50
G.Gano extra point is GOOD Center-J.Jansen Holder-M.Palardy.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 8:54
C.Newton right tackle for 4 yards TOUCHDOWN.
7
plays
35
yds
3:28
pos
0
6
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Team Stats
Time of Pos 29:24 30:36
1st Downs 17 20
Rushing 4 9
Passing 10 9
Penalty 3 2
3rd Down Conv 2-11 4-12
4th Down Conv 0-1 0-0
Total Net Yards 232 293
Total Plays 57 61
Avg Gain 4.1 4.8
Net Yards Rushing 94 147
Rush Attempts 22 32
Avg Rush Yards 4.3 4.6
Net Yards Passing 138 146
Comp. - Att. 19-29 17-26
Yards Per Pass 4.8 5.6
Sacked - Yards Lost 6-32 3-15
Penalties - Yards 10-85 9-80
Touchdowns 1 2
Rushing TDs 1 2
Passing TDs 0 0
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 1
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 2-1
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 6-38.5 6-42.3
Return Yards 13 62
Punts - Returns 2-13 4-62
Kickoffs - Returns 0-0 0-0
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking 0/1 2/3
Extra Points 0/0 1/2
Field Goals 0/1 1/1
Red Zone Eff. 1-1 -100% 2-5 -40%
Goal to Go Eff. 0-0 -0% 2-2 -100%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Cowboys 0-1 00088
Panthers 1-0 0100616
138 PASS YDS 146
94 RUSH YDS 147
232 TOTAL YDS 293
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
D. Prescott 4 QB
7
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65.5% 170 0 0 81.1
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65.5% 340 0 0 81.1
D. Prescott 19/29 170 0 0 7
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
E. Elliott 21 RB
13
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
15 69 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
30 138 2
E. Elliott 15 69 1 17 13
D. Prescott 4 QB
7
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 19 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
10 38 0
D. Prescott 5 19 0 9 7
R. Smith 45 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 10 0
R. Smith 1 5 0 5 0
T. Austin 10 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 2 0
T. Austin 1 1 0 1 0
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
C. Beasley 11 WR
7
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 7 73 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 14 146 0
C. Beasley 8 7 73 0 17 7
D. Thompson 15 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 27 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 54 0
D. Thompson 5 3 27 0 13 2
A. Hurns 17 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 1 20 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 40 0
A. Hurns 3 1 20 0 20 2
G. Swaim 87 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 3 18 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 36 0
G. Swaim 4 3 18 0 11 1
E. Elliott 21 RB
13
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 3 17 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 34 0
E. Elliott 4 3 17 0 13 13
M. Gallup 13 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 9 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 18 0
M. Gallup 1 1 9 0 9 0
T. Williams 83 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 6 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 12 0
T. Williams 2 1 6 0 6 0
R. Smith 45 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 0 0 0
R. Smith 1 0 0 0 0 0
B. Jarwin 89 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 0 0 0
B. Jarwin 1 0 0 0 0 0
T. Austin 10 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 -3 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 -3 0
T. Austin 1 1 -3 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
D. Lawrence 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-2 0 2.0
D. Lawrence 6-1 1.0 0 0
B. Jones 31 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-0 0 0.0
B. Jones 5-0 0.0 0 0
J. Heath 38 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-2 0 0.0
J. Heath 5-1 0.0 0 0
K. Frazier 35 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-7 0 0.0
K. Frazier 4-3 0.0 0 0
C. Awuzie 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 0.0
C. Awuzie 4-0 0.0 0 1
J. Smith 54 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 2.0
J. Smith 3-1 1.0 0 0
L. Vander Esch 55 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
L. Vander Esch 2-1 0.0 0 0
A. Brown 30 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
A. Brown 2-1 0.0 0 0
T. Crawford 98 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
T. Crawford 2-1 0.0 0 0
T. Charlton 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-4 0 0.0
T. Charlton 1-2 0.0 0 0
D. Wilson 57 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
D. Wilson 1-0 0.0 0 0
A. Woods 99 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
A. Woods 1-1 0.0 0 0
S. Lee 50 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-6 0 0.0
S. Lee 1-3 0.0 0 0
M. Collins 96 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 2.0
M. Collins 1-0 1.0 0 0
D. Ross 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
D. Ross 1-1 0.0 0 1
J. Thomas 48 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
J. Thomas 0-1 0.0 0 0
D. Armstrong 92 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-4 0 0.0
D. Armstrong 0-2 0.0 0 0
J. March-Lillard 53 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
J. March-Lillard 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
B. Maher 2 K
0
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
0/1 0/0
SEASON FG XP
0/2 0/0
B. Maher 0/1 0 0/0 0
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
C. Jones 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 48.8 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
12 48.8 4
C. Jones 6 48.8 2 56
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Austin 10 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 6.5 15 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 6.5 15 0
T. Austin 2 6.5 15 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
C. Newton 1 QB
17
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65.4% 161 0 0 82.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65.4% 322 0 0 82.4
C. Newton 17/26 161 0 0 17
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
C. Newton 1 QB
17
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 58 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
26 116 2
C. Newton 13 58 1 29 17
C. McCaffrey 22 RB
7
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 50 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
20 100 0
C. McCaffrey 10 50 0 15 7
C. Anderson 20 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 35 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
14 70 0
C. Anderson 7 35 0 9 3
D. Moore 12 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 6 0
D. Moore 1 3 0 3 0
A. Armah 40 FB
6
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 1 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 2 2
A. Armah 1 1 1 1 6
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
C. McCaffrey 22 RB
7
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
9 6 45 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 12 90 0
C. McCaffrey 9 6 45 0 14 7
D. Funchess 17 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 41 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 82 0
D. Funchess 5 3 41 0 15 4
G. Olsen 88 TE
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 33 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 4 66 0
G. Olsen 2 2 33 0 19 3
J. Wright 13 WR
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 23 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 46 0
J. Wright 5 3 23 0 10 2
T. Smith 11 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 15 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 30 0
T. Smith 2 1 15 0 15 1
I. Thomas 80 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 4 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 4 8 0
I. Thomas 2 2 4 0 7 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
L. Kuechly 59 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
11-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
22-4 0 0.0
L. Kuechly 11-2 0.0 0 0
S. Green-Thompson 54 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-8 0 1.0
S. Green-Thompson 5-4 0.0 0 0
D. Jackson 26 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-2 0 0.0
D. Jackson 4-1 0.0 0 0
C. Munnerlyn 41 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
C. Munnerlyn 2-0 0.0 0 0
D. Searcy 21 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
D. Searcy 2-1 0.0 0 0
K. Short 99 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 4.0
K. Short 2-0 2.0 0 0
M. Adams 29 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-6 0 0.0
M. Adams 2-3 0.0 0 0
M. Addison 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 1.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-4 0 2.5
M. Addison 1-2 1.5 0 1
K. Love 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
K. Love 1-1 0.0 0 0
W. Horton 96 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 1.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-4 0 2.5
W. Horton 1-2 1.5 0 0
J. Bradberry 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
J. Bradberry 1-0 0.0 0 0
C. Jones 42 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
C. Jones 1-1 0.0 0 0
B. Cox 91 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
B. Cox 1-1 0.0 0 0
D. Mayo 55 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
D. Mayo 0-1 0.0 0 0
V. Butler 92 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-6 0 0.0
V. Butler 0-3 0.0 0 0
J. Peppers 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
J. Peppers 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
G. Gano 9 K
4
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 1/2
SEASON FG XP
2/2 2/3
G. Gano 1/1 27 1/2 4
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. Palardy 5 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 47.8 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
12 47.8 6
M. Palardy 6 47.8 3 52
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Byrd 18 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 15.7 30 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
6 15.7 30 0
D. Byrd 3 15.7 30 0
D. Moore 12 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 15.0 15 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 15.0 15 0
D. Moore 1 15.0 15 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 DAL 25 2:40 3 -12 Punt
6:42 DAL 10 4:24 7 35 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:08 DAL 14 1:43 3 0 Punt
8:50 DAL 25 1:43 3 -1 Punt
5:49 DAL 17 2:58 5 19 Punt
0:03 DAL 25 0:03 1 -1 Half
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:54 DAL 8 3:30 7 46 Punt
6:48 DAL 45 3:59 8 26 FG Miss
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:12 DAL 25 5:21 10 75 TD
5:04 DAL 21 2:39 8 31 Downs
2:00 DAL 20 0:24 3 -6 Fumble
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:26 CAR 32 5:44 9 63 Fumble
2:24 CAR 18 3:11 7 35 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:33 DAL 35 3:28 7 35 TD
7:20 CAR 30 1:25 3 3 Punt
2:55 CAR 38 2:41 11 53 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 CAR 25 3:14 5 17 Punt
8:23 CAR 15 1:40 3 5 Punt
2:44 CAR 37 3:25 6 63 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
8:51 CAR 25 3:59 5 0 Punt
2:18 CAR 48 0:22 3 0 Punt
1:39 DAL 14 1:27 3 -11 Game