In a hard-fought game that was considered a "must win" for both teams, the Cowboys were able to pull off a decisive victory with a final score of 19-14. On their first drive in the second quarter, the Cowboys were able to put some points on the board with a 19-yard field goal from kicker Dan Bailey. Carolina's next offensive drive ended when Cam Newton's attempted touchdown pass was intercepted in the Cowboys end zone. It wasn't long before the Cowboys returned the favor however, as Panthers LB Thomas Davis stripped the Cowboys of the ball and Luke Kuechly recovered the fumble, late in the second quarter. During the same play, Cowboys center Phil Costa was injured and had to be helped off the field. After a missed pass to RB Jonathan Stewart and with 16 seconds left in the first half, Panthers QB Cam Newton was finally able to connect with WR Brandon LaFell in the Cowboys end zone. The extra point was successful and the Panthers took the lead at halftime with a score of 3-7.The next Panthers or Cowboys game you watch could be in person if you own a Carolina Panthers PSL or Dallas Cowboys PSL, both of which are available from PSL Source.
Both the Cowboys and Panthers initial third-quarter drives were stalled and ended with each team punting. With about eight minutes left in the third quarter, QB Tony Romo started a successful Cowboys offensive drive with a long pass to WR Miles Austin, followed by another short 26-yard touchdown pass to Austin again. This returned the lead to Dallas with a score of 10-7. After another Dallas field goal from 49 yards, the Panthers had possession and another opportunity to build momentum. Pressure in the pocket forced Newton to try to run the ball, but he was brought down a few yards short of a first down. At the end of the third quarter, the Panthers punted for 56 yards, giving the Cowboys possession at their own 12 yard line. At the beginning of the fourth quarter the Panthers missed a turnover opportunity when LB James Anderson almost intercepted a Romo pass, but bobbled and dropped it. After the Cowboys punted, it was the Panthers turn to make offensive progress. Newton started with a 9-yard pass to Steve Smith, followed by a 21-yard rushing burst from Jonathan Stewart, his longest drive of the season. An 9-yard outside pass to Panthers TE Greg Olsen was short of a Panthers first down, but a Cowboys personal foul put the Panthers at 1st & goal. After an out-of-bounds pass that was caught by WR Louis Murphy, a 3rd & goal pass from Newton hit the ground in the end zone. Fortunately for the Panthers, Cowboys CB Brandon Carr was called for holding, giving the Panthers the another opportunity to retake the lead, which they did with a short run by FB Mike Tolbert into the end zone. This put the Panthers ahead of the Cowboys at 13-14, with about 11 minutes left in the game. The Cowboys almost achieved another touchdown with 3:39 left when Romo attempted a pass to WR Dez Bryant in the end zone, but Bryant dropped the ball. After the Cowboys drive stalled, they settled for another Bailey field goal, this one from 28 yards. With the field goal, the Cowboys retook the lead at 14-16 and about 3:25 left on the clock. A final Cowboys field goal sealed their victory at 14-19. The Panthers attempted a final comeback drive with less than a minute on the clock, but were shut down when Newton was sacked by Cowboys OLB Anthony Spencer. With this loss, the Panthers drop to the bottom of their division, with a record of 1-5. The Cowboys rise to 3-3. Looking for tickets to the next big game? Find great deals on Carolina Panthers vs. Chicago Bears tickets, as well as Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants tickets at Maxim Tickets, the online discount ticket marketplace.