How do you throw for 90 yards on an 85-yard touchdown drive?
It isn't easy, but Carolina rookie quarterback Cam Newton managed the feat on the Panthers' first offensive series Sunday
Newton could hardly have been hotter for the game's first 5:40, directing the Panthers almost exclusively through the air. The drive ended with Newton lobbing a 3-yard fade pass to Brandon LaFell to score.
The big targets on the drive were Jeremy Shockey, who caught a 23-yard pass on the game's first play from scrimmage, and Steve Smith. An earlier TD pass to Greg Olsen was overturned because the Panthers had an illegal shift on the play, but Newton then hit Jonathan Stewart for a 19-yard screen pass to get inside the Green Bay 5.
The Panthers then recovered the ensuring kickoff when Randall Cobb fumbled. Sean Considine recovered for the Panthers, who couldn't manage a TD drive this time, stalling at the Green Bay 2. Olindo Mare's 20-yard field goal made it 10-0, Carolina, with 6:32 left in the first quarter.
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