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Offensive explosion fuels Panthers blowout win over Dolphins

Offensive explosion fuels Panthers blowout win over Dolphins Offensive explosion fuels Panthers blowout win over Dolphins
Kristopher Love | 14 November, 2017, 07:50

This marked the first time in franchise history Carolina has run for 200-plus yards in back-to-back games - last week the Panthers ran for 201 yards against Atlanta. Quarterback Jay Cutler threw for 311 yards and three touchdowns in the losing effort.

- Panthers fans swarmed uptown on Monday, ahead of the 8:30 p.m. game against the Miami Dolphins.

Newton led a high-powered performance from an offense that had largely struggled this season.

Running back Jonathan Stewart picked up a season-high 110 rushing yards on 17 attempts.

The Dolphins' run defense, which entered the game allowing just 94 yards per game, 10th-fewest in the National Football League, was trampled for a season-worst 294 yards, besting the previous worst (174 by Baltimore) by a sizeable margin. This was the first of Newton's four touchdown passes on the night.

The Dolphins showed life when Kenyan Drake went 66 yards for a touchdown on a third-down run.

Then came the game-clincher, a 12-yard dash by running back Cameron Artis-Payne with 7:15 remaining in the third quarter that gave the Panthers a 31-7 lead. Miami was never able to make the game competitive after that point. Carolina racked up 548 yards of total offense, besting their season average by over 230 yards.

The third-year receiver from MI finished with five receptions for 92 yards and a 32-yard touchdown early in in the fourth quarter that put the game out of reach.

Miami forced a punt and took over at its own 20-yard line with 47 seconds left, but Cutler's pass was intercepted by linebacker Luke Kuechly.

Carolina capitalized on the turnover a short time later, when quarterback Cam Newton found tight end Ed Dickson for a seven-yard touchdown. It completed an 11-play, 42-yard drive.