Olindo Mare just hit his second field goal of the game, a 38-yarder, as Carolina cut Cincinnati's lead to 24-13 midway through the third quarter.
The Panthers' drive was only 12 yards and was set up by a fumble recovery. Cam Newton tried to throw to Steve Smith on two straight plays but both were incomplete -- he has now targeted Smith eight times, and seven were incompletions.
Cincinnati played rookie QB Andy Dalton only for the first half, but for now Newton remains in the game for Carolina. (UPDATE: Jimmy Clausen entered the game just before the fourth quarter began, with the Panthers still down 24-13).
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