The Panthers’ 2011-2012 season got off to a quick start on Saturday when they defeated the New York Giants 20-10 in Charlotte. Cam Newton made his debut for the Panthers in the second quarter of the matchup, and the Panthers showed a side that fans haven’t seen for a while: a promising one.
Jimmy Clausen, Cam Newton and Derek Anderson all had strong nights passing for the Panthers, combining for 240 yards and two touchdowns with one interception.
Clausen started the night on a familiar note, to the dismay of Panthers fans. He threw a pass in the general direction of DeAngelo Williams, which was promptly picked off and returned for a touchdown. Williams, of course, wasn’t even facing the ball when the pass was thrown.
Clausen, however, rebounded quickly– brushing off the boos coming from the stands– and engineered a scoring drive for the Panthers, which culminated in a touchdown on a pass to newly-acquired tight-end Greg Olsen.
Newton then made his debut in the second quarter for the Panthers, in which he engineered two scoring drives– both scores field goals– to get off to a quick start. However, Newton had a couple of opportunities to score that were missed, as a handful of drives stalled in the redzone. Newton also looked a little shaky under pressure, when he tried forcing throws or made a couple of bad decisions. However, none of the plays ended in an interception, which is a welcome change for the Panthers.
Derek Anderson also had a strong showing for the Panthers. Anderson made a nice throw to Pilares for 35 yards on a drive in which he went 3/3 in pass attempts with 71 total yards.
The Panthers’ next game is Friday against the Miami Dolphins.