So much for the stats.
Carolina hadn't scored a first-quarter TD all year. Cleveland's defense hadn't given up a TD on the opposing offense's first possession for 23 games -- the longest streak in the NFL.
But after five minutes Sunday, the Panthers led 7-0 after one of their most impressive drives of the year -- a nine-play, 81-yard march keyed mostly by the running of Mike Goodson.
Goodson finished the march with a 26-yard burst to score standing up. It was his first career TD. Jimmy Clausen also had a big third-down conversion pass to Steve Smith (and was roughed on the play, tacking on 15 more yards) and Jonathan Stewart -- who is the No.2 back today behind Goodson -- had a couple of nice runs, too.
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