Panthers win 20-9 in season opener against Jacksonville

The Panthers beat the Jacksonville Jaguars in the season opener.

In the first quarter, Jonathan Stewart had a strong run, which led to a field goal and a 3-0 lead. In the second quarter, Jerricho Cotcherry had a 7-yard touchdown reception from Cam Newton, which put the Panthers back in the lead, 10-3.

In the second half, Josh Norman turned defense into offense with a 30-yard interception for a touchdown, which put the score at 17-9 Panthers. A later field goal would put the score at 20-9.

"We kicked too many field goals," Panthers coach Ron Rivera said after the game. "That's disappointing. We had some opportunities to put the ball in the end zone and we didn't do that. Defensively we gave up a couple of big plays. We got bad with our initial read. We missed a couple of tackles and gave them a chance."

Star linebacker Luke Kuechly had to leave the game early after he suffered a concussion in the first half. Kuechly wobbled to the ground Sunday after tackling Jacksonville Jaguars running back T.J. Yeldon late in the first half. Kuechly tried to stand up but dropped to the ground again. He was immediately taken into the locker room, and the team later said he would not return. Shaq Thompson replaced him. More on this story from FOX Sports.

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