CAROLINA COACHES PLAY FOR A WIN CAROLINAS COACHER MATT GARFIELD FOOTBALL NEWS article CARSON, Calif.
— The Carolina Panthers have made a habit of losing games in their own backyard, a fate they can control, especially when the opposition is the defending NFC champion.
That’s not the case in Sunday’s 34-23 victory over the Dallas Cowboys, who have lost five straight to the Panthers and seven in a row overall.
Carolina’s offensive woes have been a theme for the past two seasons, with quarterbacks Cam Newton (13-13) and Matt Ryan (12-10) both struggling with accuracy in recent weeks.
The Panthers went 5 for 12 in Sunday night’s 31-17 loss at Denver.
The Broncos, though, came out firing late.
“I’ve never been in a situation where we have two quarterbacks who are struggling to play at a high level,” coach Ron Rivera said.
“We’ve got two really good quarterbacks who can make plays.
You can’t be in a game and play that way.” “
The turnovers, the sacks, the penalties, we got away from each other.
You can’t be in a game and play that way.”
The Panthers were up 21-7 with 6:24 left in the fourth quarter when Dallas rookie receiver Dez Bryant found him with a 22-yard touchdown catch on a slant from rookie quarterback Dak Prescott.
It was Prescott’s first catch of the season, his first in two games.
The two had been on the field together for most of the game, but Prescott had thrown two interceptions and had been sacked twice.
Romo then threw a pass to Bryant for a touchdown, then Prescott had another interception on the next play, but Bryant’s touchdown came on a third-and-goal from the 10.
Prescott had been pressured twice all game.
The Cowboys took a 14-3 lead into the halftime break and scored on a 17-yard field goal by Dak Prescott with 1:04 remaining.
After Prescott’s interception, the Panthers scored on their first drive of the second half, when Bryant ran a short slant for a 31-yard score.
The first-quarter scoring drought lasted 11 plays, as Prescott completed a 26-yard pass to Jordan Reed for a 5-yard gain.
Prescott completed just 5 of 19 passes for 51 yards and three interceptions in the second quarter, and Romo completed only 6 of 22 passes for 69 yards and two interceptions.
“He did an unbelievable job in this game,” Prescott said.
The teams have met three times this season, each time Carolina won.
“It’s a big difference,” Prescott added.
“They’re one of the best teams in the NFL.
They were able to score three points on us, but I thought we were able as a team to stop that.” “
That was a big step forward.
They were able to score three points on us, but I thought we were able as a team to stop that.”
Prescott was sacked twice, and both of his interceptions came on third-down plays.
The third-year quarterback finished 5 of 10 for 44 yards.
“Our offense did not come out and do the things that we were looking for it, which is really tough,” Prescott, the No. 3 overall pick in last year’s draft, said.
Prescott, however, was able to finish with 11 completions for 109 yards.
Romo, the first quarterback drafted by the Cowboys since 1995, completed just 8 of 27 passes for 93 yards.
Dak Prescott has made a big impact at quarterback for Dallas.
AP Photo/David Zalubowski The Cowboys scored a touchdown in the third quarter on a 10-play, 68-yard drive.
Prescott made a 20-yard catch-and, run-after-catch pass from Carson Wentz to tight end Jason Witten, who then caught a 13-yard TD pass from Romo on the first play of the fourth.
Romo had been 3 for 11 for 26 yards.
Prescott then had an interception on third down, a fumble, and a pass defensed by Tony Romo.
“As a team, we were just out of rhythm,” Prescott.
“This team just kept coming out and getting the job done.
It’s just hard to win a game like that, but we’re excited about it.”
The Cowboys led 27-0 at halftime and never trailed.
Prescott led the way with his 14-yard completion to Witten on the opening drive of Dallas’ second drive of a three-and -out.
Witten was the Cowboys’ only receiver for the first time in two weeks.
Prescott’s completion to Reed on third and 5 was a go-ahead score with 6 seconds left.
Dak’s pass to Prescott was a short, 14-play drive that included a 17, 11-yard rush, a 26 yard pass to Witherspoon, a 3-yard run and a 1-yard rushing touchdown.
Prescott also had a touchdown pass to Ryan.
On the next drive, Prescott