The Denver defense never gave Newton a chance to complete passes and sacked the Panthers quarterback six times including once for a safety. It was not until late in the fourth quarter that Newton topped 200 yards passing.
Newton and Carolina scored first in the contest with a four yard pass to tight end Greg Olsen. With 1:39 left in the first quarter Manning found a familiar target in Brandon Stokley for a ten yard touchdown pass.
Broncos return man Trindon Holliday ran back a 76-yard punt to give Denver a 14-7 lead. A 53-yard field goal by Matt Prater would extend Denver’s lead to 17-7. It would stay that way going into half time.
Tony Carter picked off Newton in the third quarter and returned a 40 yard interception in the third quarter. Prater added another field goal and Denver later sacked Newton in the end-zone.
With 5:09 left in the fourth Newton again found Olsen but it was too little too late. Olsen finished the day with a career best 9 catches for 102 yards and two touchdo...