Fourth Quarter (:00)--Game is over. Carolina makes a statement in a game they were an underdog in.
Fourth Quarter (1:48)--Gano's fifth field goal attempt of the day BLOCKED! Sean Lee takes it into Carolina territory at the 45.
Fourth Quarter (2:00)--Panthers are just running out the clock now.
Fourth Quarter (4:17)--Panthers recover the onside kick. On first down Stewart takes it to the Dallas 31 yard line.
Fourth Quarter (4:23)--Beasley is into the end zone for a TOUCHDOWN! Darren McFadden catches the two point conversion to cut the deficit to 19.
Fourth Quarter (5:23)--Cole Beasley is leading the drive for Dallas, now in the red zone.
Fourth Quarter (6:46)--Dallas is driving, but this game seems all but over.
Fourth Quarter (10:00)--Dallas has 38 yards of offense since the first quarter.
Fourth Quarter (12:11)--Gano tacks on another field goal, which makes it 4/4 for him. Just icing on the cake now.
Third Quarter (:00)--The third comes to a close and Romo is sacked by Thomas Davis. To make matters worse, Romo didn't get up for several moments as he was favoring the collarbone that he had broken. That might be the last we see of him this season.
Third Quarter (:14)--We finally have an offensive touchdown as Cam Newton runs it in for the TOUCHDOWN! It's Newton's seventh rushing touchdown of the year.
Third Quarter (1:04)--Carolina converts on another third and long, gets it to the four for a first and goal.
Third Quarter (2:31)--Byron Jones called for leaping on the attempt, penalty gives Carolina a first down. Panthers will take the points off the board after the Gano make.
Third Quarter (2:35)--Dallas holds on a third and three, will force a field goal attempt.
Third Quarter (3:29)--Carolina is moving the ball, now in Dallas territory.
Third Quarter (9:03)--Dallas gets three more on a Dan Bailey field goal.
Third Quarter (10:15)--Bryant makes his first catch of the day for the Cowboys and takes it to the Carolina 35
Third Quarter (12:01)--It'll be fourth and forever for Carolina. A penalty and a sack forces a punt from the one. Good punt by Brad Nortman, but Dallas still has good field position out near midfield.
Third Quarter (15:00)--Carolina will start at the 20 after a touchback.
HALFTIME! It's 23-3 Panthers, with 13 unanswered points in the last three and a half minutes by Carolina. Three interceptions led to 17 Carolina points. Neither offense is really doing much in this game. Dallas had one good drive and Carolina has been unable to finish drives. The Panthers will get the ball first in the second half.
Second Quarter (:03)--Carolina throws it three times in a row and cannot get into the end zone. They have to settle for a 25 yard field goal by Gano.
Second Quarter (:07)--Carolina has a third and goal from inside the Dallas five.
Second Quarter (1:24)-- Luke Kuechly with another INTERCEPTION! Sets up the Panthers at the Dallas 18.
Second Quarter (2:45)--Luke Kuechly INTERCEPTS Romo and scores from 32 yards out! It's Carolina's second pick six of the game!
Second Quarter (3:27)--Carolina has to settle for a field goal, Graham Gano puts it down the middle from 45 yards.
Second Quarter (6:28)--Carolina converts on a third and one, now on the Dallas 29.
Second Quarter (9:35)--Dallas stopped and will punt.
Second Quarter (11:40)--Carolina forced to punt, Dallas takes over at their own 15 yard line.
Second Quarter (13:13)--Brenton Bersin gets back into Dallas territory with a 12 yard catch.
Second Quarter (13:39)--A holding call moves the Panthers back into their own territory. First penalty of the game.
First Quarter (:00)--We've come to the end of the first, Carolina is on the move again around midfield.
First Quarter (1:42)--Carolina holds, Dallas gets a field goal from Dan Bailey.
First Quarter (2:00)--It's third and goal for Dallas.
First Quarter (4:37)--Romo finds McFadden on third and eight for a first down.
First Quarter (5:59)--Dallas has picked up their second first down of the drive and are now in Carolina territory.
First Quarter (8:09)--Carolina settles for a field goal on their first drive.
First Quarter (10:45)--Newton hits Jerricho Cotchery for a 24 yard gain on third down.
First Quarter (12:05)--Jonathan Stewart runs for five on the first offensive play for Carolina.
First Quarter (12:35)--Carolina forces a three and out by Dallas.
First Quarter (14:01)--On third and six Romo is INTERCEPTED by Kurt Coleman, who returns it 45 yards for a TOUCHDOWN! It's Coleman's fifth pick of the year.
First Quarter (14:15)--On the second play of the game Romo goes deep to Bryant, but Norman breaks it up
First Quarter (15:00)--Opening kickoff is through the end zone. Dallas starts on the 20.
The difference between these two defenses has been the ability to force turnovers. The Panthers have intercepted 15 passes this season while Dallas has just six. The team that makes the crucial turnover is going to win this game. This Dallas team isn't one to take lightly now that Romo is back in the lineup. That said, despite being 3-0 as a starter the three teams he has beaten are the 5-5 Giants, 4-6 Eagles and 4-6 Dolphins. This Panthers team will present a far greater challenge than any of those teams. Should be a good one.
It'll be interesting to see if Dallas tries to keep Newton in the pocket more or turn up the heat with blitzes. The other player to watch on the Dallas defense is Sean Lee. He is Dallas' best run defending linebacker, but he has always been undersized and is smaller than each of Carolina's three factor backs. If Dallas can disrupt Newton and slow down the run, they will have a chance to win.
Of course, this game spotlights one of the most despised players in the league. Greg Hardy was with the Panthers for the first four years of his career, which included a Pro Bowl season in 2013 with 15 sacks. From 2012-2013 he had 26 sacks. After being on the commissioner's exempt list last season and suspended the first four games of this season, he came back against the New England Patriots. In his first game back he got to Tom Brady twice, and has 4.5 sacks in six games so far this season. He has 18 total tackles and one forced fumble as well as an interception this season, and there's no doubt he wants to bring his best effort against his former team.
The matchup to watch is going to be Josh Norman vs. Dez Bryant. We all know how good Bryant can be, but many folks around the country are just now hearing about Norman. Going back to last season he was among the best cover corners in the league, holding down the likes of Julio Jones and other top receivers. Teams have been foolish enough to continue throwing his way and Norman has made them pay for it. He has four interceptions and two pick-sixes. After his two pick day against the Buccaneers teams have avoided throwing his way. He hasn't recorded an interception in six games and has only six passes defended in that time frame.
With the running attacks being what they are, this game will come down to who can get their passing game going. Carolina is 28th in the league in passing yards, but Dallas is not much better right now at 26th. Granted, Tony Romo has only started three games this season. He, like Newton, has not lost a game he has started this season. To make matters more complicated for these two signal callers is that these two defenses are top five in passing touchdowns allowed. Dallas is fourth with 11 and Carolina fifth with 12. The Cowboys are 10th in yards allowed while the Panthers are eighth.
The Cowboys had the top runner in the league last year in DeMarco Murray, but even without him this year Dallas has still managed to put together a fairly good ground attack. Darren McFadden has looked good in recent weeks, and they've shuffled some guys in that have ran well. Last week Robert Turbin had some good runs against the Dolphins. Dallas is eighth in the league in rushing yards but they have only found the end zone six times.
Through the air Newton is going to be looking for Greg Olsen, his leading receiver with 48 catches, 718 yards and six touchdowns this season. Ted Ginn is the guy he looks for over the top for the big play, and Devin Funchess has come on in recent weeks with two touchdowns in his last three games. He will need to step up in the absence of Corey Brown.
Assisting Newton in producing the top rushing attack in the league is Jonathan Stewart, who is fifth in the NFL in rushing yards with 764. He, Newton and Mike Tolbert are quite a load out of the backfield. Not only do they all have speed but they are big and powerful runners as well. Only Seattle, Tampa Bay and Minnesota are averaging more yards on the ground than the Panthers this season. Their 11 rushing touchdowns is also tied for fourth in the league. That said, the Panthers are just tied for 13th in the league in yards per attempt at 4.1.
It's Thanksgiving and that means football! Welcome to VAVEL USA's LIVE coverage of Carolina Panthers - Dallas Cowboys. Along with the Detroit Lions there is one other team that always hosts a game on Turkey Day—the Dallas Cowboys. This year the Cowboys are hosting another bona fide opponent in the undefeated Carolina Panthers. This season Cam Newton has played like an MVP candidate as he's led the team despite the loss of #1 receiver Kelvin Benjamin in the offseason. He already has produced 26 touchdowns combined through the air and on the ground, putting him on pace to break his old career high 35, set during his rookie year. These two teams last played in 2012.