The Panthers made a small dent in Cincinnati's lead on their first possession of the third quarter, getting a 42-yard field goal from Olino Mare to slice the Bengals' lead to 24-10.
The field-goal drive came on the Panthers' first possession of the third quarter. Trent Guy had a 49-yard kickoff return from deep in the end zone to get things started. Cam Newton hit Jeremy Shockey for two big plays -- a 15-yarder and then a six-yard gain on a fourth-and-2. But the drive stalled after Newton couldn't connect with Jonathan Stewart on a third-and-4 pass.
Newton is really trying to get the ball to Steve Smith but with little success. He has targeted Smith six times with passes, but Smith has caught only one (most weren't catchable) for nine yards.
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