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Sunday, November 4, 2012
Halftime thoughts on the Panthers

By Pat Yasinskas

It looks as if the Carolina Panthers might have a chance to snap a five-game winning streak.

The Panthers hold a 14-3 lead over the Washington Redskins at halftime at FedEx Field.

Carolina scored its first touchdown on a 30-yard run by DeAngelo Williams, who tiptoed the sideline. The second touchdown came very late in the first half when Cam Newton hit Steve Smith with a 19-yard touchdown pass. That was Smith’s first touchdown of the season.

Carolina’s defense also had a very nice goal-line stand in which defensive end Charles Johnson and linebacker Thomas Davis each had big stops.

Snapping the losing streak would be great for a team that’s been through a brutal stretch. But it’s pretty clear the Panthers have to protect this lead and maybe even add onto it. Carolina doesn’t have a very good recent history in close games.

Since the start of the 2011 season, the Panthers are 1-10 in games decided by seven points or less. Maybe the best way around that is to keep the Redskins from getting within seven points.