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Lions rally falls short, Panthers win 27-24
Monday Oct 09, 2017 12:00am

(DETROIT) – Cam Newton showed he was very focused on football, throwing three touchdowns to help the Carolina Panthers build a lead big enough to hold off the Detroit Lions for a 27-24 win Sunday. The Panthers (4-1) scored 24 straight points after trailing the Lions 10-3 early in the second quarter. Detroit rallied, but could not stop Newton on his last drive to get the ball back. He was 26 of 33 for a season-high 335 yards. On perhaps the game's key play, he converted a third and 19 from the Carolina 24 with a sharp, 17 yard pass to Kelvin Benjamin with 2:00 left while clinging to a three-point lead against a team out of timeouts. Newton threw a 6 yard TD pass to rookie Christian McCaffrey to pull the Panthers into a 10-10 tie early in the second quarter and a 10-yard pass to Devin Funchess for a tiebreaking score with 48 seconds left in the first half. With a perfectly lofted 31-yard pass to Benjamin, the 2015 NFL MVP put Carolina up 24-10 early in the third. Detroit (3-2) struggled to move the ball in the air and on the ground until late in the game. Matthew Stafford, limping after being sacked several times and hit on other plays, threw a 4 yard TD pass to Darren Fells with 5:56 left and a 20 yard pass for a score to the former professional basketball player with 3:22 to go. Stafford finished the day 23 of 35 for 229 yards and 2 touchdowns. Zach Zenner rushed for a touchdown, but the Lions running game was held to 50 yards between Zenner, Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick. Fells grabbed both TD passes from Stafford.

Cincinnati 20 – Buffalo 16
NY Jets 17 – Cleveland 14
Indianapolis 26 – San Francisco 23 (OT)
Miami 16 – Tennessee 10
LA Chargers 27 – NY Giants 22
Philadelphia 34 – Arizona 7
Jacksonville 30 – Pittsburgh 9
Baltimore 30 – Oakland 17
Seattle 16 – LA Rams 10
Kansas City 42 – Houston 34

NY Rangers 2 – Montreal 0

Zach Zenner scores a TD for the Lions against the Carolina Panthers (photo courtesy of DFP)
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