Cincinnati just took what is likely an insurmountable lead, given Carolina's offensive problems. With 8:11 to go in the fourth quarter, Cincinnati leads, 20-7, following a short touchdown pass from Carson Palmer to Cedric Benson.
That score was set up by Jonathan Stewart's lost fumble -- the Panthers' fourth turnover of the game. Cincinnati started with the ball on Carolina's 37 because of the turnover.
The Panthers' defense looked poor on the drive, giving up those 37 yards in three plays. They once again had trouble guarding Cincy tight end Jermaine Gresham, who has given them fits for much of the game on short screens and flare-outs.
On the plus side for Carolina, the Panthers finally have a sack by a defensive lineman (Charles Johnson) and a catch by Steve Smith (although it took more than 50 minutes in this game for him to get it).
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