Third-and-4 from the Carolina 38: On the Panthers’ first drive of the game, linebacker Von Miller burst into the backfield and brought down Cam Newton for a 6-yard loss. That play set the tone for a Denver defense that totaled seven sacks in the win.
Third-and-8 from the Carolina 9: Under heavy pressure, Newton heaved a pass down the right sideline for Louis Murphy, who was covered closely by Tony Carter. The pass sailed incomplete forcing the Panthers to punt from deep in their own territory. The Broncos converted the ensuing strong field position into a 10-yard touchdown strike from Peyton Manning to Brandon Stokley that tied the game 7-7.
Third-and-4 from the Carolina 26: Another third down resulted in more pressure from the Denver front four as defensive end Elvis Dumervil got to Newton and forced his league-leading fifth fumble. Newton recovered the loose ball, which turned out to work in the Broncos’ favor as on the next play, Trindon Holliday returned a punt 76 yards for a touchdown, giving Denver a lead that it would not relinquish.
Third-and-8 from the Carolina 24: It looked like the Panthers had made a big play to recapture momentum when Newton hit Murphy for a 34-yard gain, but the play was called back due to offensive pass interference and Carolina was forced to punt.
1st-and-10 from the Carolina 28: The Broncos’ drive came to a halt when Manning was sacked and fumbled the football, which was recovered by the Panthers. Again, a Carolina fumble recovery proved favorable for the Broncos when on the next play, Carter stepped in front of Newton’s pass and returned it 40 yards for a score to give Denver a 24-7 lead.
Third-and-10 from the Carolina 35: Another third down, another Broncos sack. This time it was cornerback Chris Harris who came on a blitz and brought down Newton for a 3-yard loss to force a punt.
2nd-and-7 from the Carolina 14: Defense End Robert Ayers, who was filling in for an injured Dumervil sacked Newton for a 12-yard loss at the Carolina 2-yard line. On the next play, safety Mike Adams brought down Newton in an end zone for the Broncos’ second safety of the season.