The Carolina Panthers scored the first points of the game on Sunday afternoon, but after that, it was all Broncos. Denver scored the next 29 points and finished with a 36-14 victory at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, improving to a 6-3 record.
Each unit for the Broncos – the offense, the defense and special teams – scored a touchdown in the first three quarters.
After Carolina jumped out to a 7-0 lead, Denver responded with a touchdown of its own as quarterback Peyton Manning connected with wide receiver Brandon Stokley for a 10-yard touchdown.
A few minutes later, wide receiver Trindon Holliday scored on a 76-yard punt return touchdown, his second return for a touchdown in as many games.
Early in the third quarter, cornerback Tony Carter scored his second defensive touchdown of the year as he intercepted Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and returned it 40 yards for a touchdown. That gave the Broncos a 24-7 lead, but the defense wasn’t finished.
In the fourth quarter, safety Mike Adams sacked Newton in the end zone for a safety, increasing the Denver lead to 29-7.
Rookie running back Ronnie Hillman capped it off for the Broncos with his first career touchdown on a 5-yard rush.
The defense sacked Newton a season-high seven times. Defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson led the way with two sacks and linebacker Von Miller recorded six tackles, including his 10th sack of the year and a forced fumble.
Manning finished with 27-of-38 passing, 301 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas led the way offensively with nine catches for a game-high 135 yards.