Panthers defeat Cowboys in home opener

- The Carolina Panthers took on the Dallas Cowboys in their first home game of the season on Sunday, and they dominated. 

It was a quiet first quarter with neither team scoring, but the game quickly heated up once they entered the second quarter. It did, however, start on a somber note as tight end Greg Olsen was taken off of the field for a foot injury-- likely related to the fracture he sustained last season. 

After losing Olsen, the team rallied, scoring the first touchdown of the game. Who ran it in, you ask? None other than Cam Newton himself, slipping around the Cowboys' defense while they looked for him to pass the ball. 

After a fumble by Kelvin Benjamin Dallas recovered the ball, but they didn't keep it for long. The Panthers picked back up and scored a field goal, leaving the score at 10-0 at the half. 

A botched field goal by Dallas left the score at 10-0 through the third quarter, leaving the team hungry to score in the fourth. 

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Carolina's Alex Armah scored again in the opening of the fourth, but a bad snap resulted in a the team missing their extra point, leaving the score at 16-0.

The Cowboys had some luck when Ezequiel Elliot scored their first touchdown of the game, and their successful two point conversion brought it to a one-score game at 16-8. 

Injury struck Carolina again, however, with offensive lineman Daryl Williams being carted off of the field with a knee injury, and linebacker Luke Kuechly, who also suffered a knee injury, left the field. Luckily, Kuechly returned to field later on, happily joining in on the team's victory. 

For a more in depth breakdown of the game, check out this week's 4th and Goal

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