ARIZONA CARDINALS

Early Cardinals blunders set up 2 touchdowns for Panthers’ Cam Newton

Nov 14, 2021, 2:45 PM | Updated: 8:42 pm
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) leaps over Arizona Cardinals inside linebacker Isaiah ...

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) leaps over Arizona Cardinals inside linebacker Isaiah Simmons, left, to score a touchdown during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 14, 2021, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)

(AP Photo/Ralph Freso)

Sunday afternoon did not start out the way the Arizona Cardinals would have envisioned it as Arizona fell to the Carolina Panthers, 34-10.

Two early blunders by the Cardinals put Arizona down 14-0 inside the opening seven minutes of the first quarter

The Panthers’ first two touchdowns came on a Cam Newton two-yard rush and a two-yard passing score after he signed with the team on Thursday.

However, Carolina started each of their first two drives on Arizona’s side of the field after former Cardinal Haason Reddick caused a strip-sack fumble that was recovered by the Panthers inside the red zone on just the third snap of the game.

Five plays later, Newton scampered in for the two-yard rushing score and let the world know that he was back with a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty.

And on the ensuing Cardinals possession, QB Colt McCoy was stuffed on 4th-and-1 to give the ball to the Panthers on the Arizona 41-yard line.

Carolina cashed in on its second short field of the game four plays later, as Newton hit Robby Anderson on a two-yard pass.

Former Arizona State Sun Devils and Cardinals kicker Zane Gonzalez made all seven of his kicks in his return to the Valley.

He hit three PATs and four field goals from 27, 44, 48 and 49 yards out to outscore his former team by himself, 15-10.

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