Panthers Vs Cowboys Highlights: Panthers Beat Cowboys To Remain Undefeated
Panthers Vs Cowboys: The undefeated Carolina Panthers (11-0) used a national Thanksgiving Day stage to showcase their mettle in a convincing 33-14 victory over the Dallas Cowboys (3-8).Advertisement
Panthers forced Cowboys QB Tony Romo into three first-half interceptions – including two returned for touchdowns – and knocked the 35-year-old veteran out of the game in the third quarter with another injury to his left clavicle, the same injury that sidelined him for seven games.
MVP frontrunner, Cam Newton, received a massive boost from his team’s outstanding defense as the Panthers ran to their NFL-best winning streak to 15 regular-season games.
Just moments before Romo’s injury, Newton got Carolina’s lone offensive touchdown on a 4-yard run for a 30-6 lead. Newton finished with 183 yards passing with key third-down conversions and another 45 yards rushing. “Well, we got a lot of help from our defense. Defense went out there and brought their A-game and made our job a lot easier,” Newton said while crediting his team’s defense.
Ron Rivera, the Panthers coach, praised his team’s intensity on defense. “The defense set the tempo right off the bat. I really like the way we are playing on the defensive side right now … They are playing at a high level,” said Rivera, a frontrunner for Coach of the Year.
Rivera said the 11-0 Panthers are just getting started. “It’s nice (to be undefeated). There’s still a lot of things to accomplish … It’s nice to be in our situation. I’m excited about where we are.”
Entering the game, oddsmakers gave Cowboys a better shot at victory because of Romo’s recent form. “To come into this game as underdogs is a true sign of disrespect,” Thomas Davis, the Panthers linebacker, said after the crushing victory.
The Panthers, virtually guaranteed a top spot in the NFL playoffs, have made a drastic turnaround since last season when they finished the NFC South with a 7-8-1 record. Newton & Co have a relatively easy schedule going forward, with games against New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers – teams they have already beaten this season. If they can defeat the Atlanta Falcons twice, the Panthers could be entertaining hopes of a history making 16-0 record.