The Panthers trimmed the Denver lead to 27-14 with a 10-play, 77-yard drive.
Taking over at its own 23-yard line, Carolina mounted a scoring drive that started with a 9-yard run by running back Jonathan Stewart. The Panthers moved into Denver territory on back-to-back completions of 13 and 8 yards from quarterback Cam Newton to tight end Greg Olsen. Two plays later, Newton found Olsen once again, this time for a gain of 18.
The Panthers moved inside the Denver red zone on a 9-yard completion to wide receiver Armanti Edwards that was followed by a 3-yard run by fullback Mike Tolbert.
The drive culminated in a 5-yard scoring strike from Newton to Olsen that made it 27-14 with 5:09 to play.