Norman injured as Carolina lets one slip away in Buffalo

The Carolina Panthers lost three key pieces of the defensive secondary to injury, including Coastal Carolina alum Josh Norman, then suffered an even more painful loss to the Buffalo Bills.

Buffalo quarterback E.J. Manuel threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Stevie Johnson with 2 seconds left as the Bills (1-1) defeated the winless Panthers 24-23 at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday.

The Panthers lost Norman to a thigh injury, corner Josh Thomas to a concussion and free safety Charles Godfrey to an ankle injury. The Bills took advantage of the dinged-up defense to put together the game-winning TD drive in the final seconds.

Manuel was 27 of 39 for 296 yards and one touchdown. Bills running back and Clemson product C.J. Spiller rushed 16 times for 103 yards, while Johnson caught eight passes for 111 yards. Buffalo defensive end Mario Williams established a team record with 4.5 sacks.

Carolina’s Cam Newton completed 21 of 39 passes for 229 yards and two scores and was intercepted once. D’Angelo Williams rushed 22 times for 85 yards and Panthers tight end Greg Olsen caught seven passes for 84 yards and one touchdown.

The Bills went up 3-0 with 10:41 remaining in the half on a 55-yard field goal by Dan Carpenter. The score capped a 10-play, 43-yard drive that featured a 19-yard pass from Manuel to Stevie Johnson.

Newton struggled early, completing just seven of his first 17 attempts and throwing an interception. The Bills pressure obviously got to him, as defensive end Mario Williams sacked him three times.

It wasn’t until Carolina’s final drive of the half that Newton began to find his rhythm. He completed seven of eight passes for 70 yards as the Panthers drove 90 yards to take a 7-3 lead. Newton capped the march with a 13-yard touchdown pass to tight end Greg Olsen with 13 seconds left in the second quarter.

The Bills closed the gap to 7-6 with 10:49 left in the third quarter on a 20-yard field goal by Carpenter. Manuel completed passes of 15 and 28 yards to fellow rookie Robert Woods during the drive.

The Panthers increased their lead to eight points on their next possession as Newton rifled a 40-yard touchdown pass to Ted Ginn, Jr.

The Bills came back to tie the game on the next series on a 4-yard touchdown run by Fred Jackson and a two-point conversion pass from Manuel to Woods.

After forcing the Panthers to punt, the Bills gave the ball away late in the third quarter when Manuel was sacked and fumbled. Defensive tackle Dwan Edwards recovered at the Bills’ 16. The turnover resulted in a 27-yard field goal by Graham Gano that put the Panthers up 17-14.

Manuel was picked off on the Bills ensuing series, as linebacker Luke Kuechly stepped in front of T.J. Graham on a slant. That resulted in a 25-yard field goal by Gano that put the Panthers up by six.

Spiller broke free on a 46-yard run on Buffalo’s next possession, setting up a 48-yard Carpenter field goal with 7:13 left in the game that cut Carolina’s lead to 20-17.

Photo by Joel Beachum, Carolina Clicks Photos

Chiefs try to stay hungry, humble in title repeat bid

Chiefs try to stay hungry, humble in title repeat bidThe only thing harder than winning a state championship is [more]

Stormy weather big winner at CNB Kickoff Classic

Stormy weather big winner at CNB Kickoff ClassicTwo blowouts, a lightning delay and ultimately three of the [more]

Coast FA boys kick off fall season with strong outing

Coast FA boys kick off fall season with strong outingFive Coast FA boys teams entered the Charlotte Invitational over [more]

Hemingway follows family, teammates to Gamecocks

Hemingway follows family, teammates to GamecocksSix minutes after his youngest child had announced his college [more]

MB Track & Field Club set for cross country season

MB Track & Field Club set for cross country seasonBuilding on the success of the track and field season, [more]

Seahawks, Trojans, Chiefs in preseason football poll

Seahawks, Trojans, Chiefs in preseason football pollDefending state champion Myrtle Beach opened the 2019 preseason as [more]

Ten beach games that add fun to the sand, surf, sun

Ten beach games that add fun to the sand, surf, sunThe Grand Strand’s 60-mile strip of sand and surf is [more]

New blood infuses lineup for '19 Beach Ball Classic

New blood infuses lineup for '19 Beach Ball ClassicIt’s been quite some time since this much new blood [more]

Gray becomes first Chant to win SCGA Amateur title

Gray becomes first Chant to win SCGA Amateur titleCoastal Carolina rising sophomore Tyler Gray carded four-straight rounds of [more]

Renfrow comes full circle before making run at NFL

Renfrow comes full circle before making run at NFLThe past six months have been hectic ones for Hunter [more]

Surfoff makes waves for fun times, worthy cause

Surfoff makes waves for fun times, worthy causeThe water is a second home for August Powalie. The Myrtle [more]

Jordans go coast to coast for Junior Olympics meet

Jordans go coast to coast for Junior Olympics meetIt has been a long and winding trip to California [more]

Six former Pelicans make big-league leap to Cubs

Six former Pelicans make big-league leap to Cubs The distance from Myrtle Beach’s TicketReturn.com Stadium to Chicago’s Wrigley [more]

Local teams look ahead to 30th CNB Kickoff Classic

Local teams look ahead to 30th CNB Kickoff ClassicConway National Bank will sponsor the 30th annual CNB Kickoff [more]

CAC swimmers team up to capture six state titles

CAC swimmers team up to capture six state titlesSouth Carolina Swimming welcomed almost 800 swimmers from 25 Swim [more]

Surfers hang 10 for 20th Guy Daniels Memorial

Surfers hang 10 for 20th Guy Daniels MemorialAs surfers prepare to hit the South Strand this weekend [more]

Six MBTFC athletes make National Junior Olympics

Six MBTFC athletes make National Junior OlympicsThe Myrtle Beach Track & Field Club was represented by [more]

Beach volleyball growing on Grand Strand sand

Beach volleyball growing on Grand Strand sandWhat was once a leisurely pick-up game on the beach [more]

NMB boys hoops hopeful Walker in it for long haul

NMB boys hoops hopeful Walker in it for long haulNorth Myrtle Beach believes Ryan Walker is the person to [more]

Injury halts former Chant La Stella's All-Star debut

Injury halts former Chant La Stella's All-Star debut Former Coastal Carolina standout and Los Angeles Angels second baseman [more]

Pelicans well represented at All-Star Futures Game

Pelicans well represented at All-Star Futures GameMyrtle Beach Pelicans’ catcher Miguel Amaya has been selected to [more]

Baseball bonds all ages at Legends for Youth Clinic

Baseball bonds all ages at Legends for Youth ClinicEight former big leaguers - and about 60 aspiring ones [more]

Jordans lead MBTFC to wins at Junior Olympics

Jordans lead MBTFC to wins at Junior OlympicsThe Myrtle Beach Track & Field Club was represented by [more]

Hunter brings new energy to MB volleyball program

Hunter brings new energy to MB volleyball program New Myrtle Beach High volleyball coach Alyssa Hunter knows she [more]

Soccer Locker ready for final horn after 25 years

Soccer Locker ready for final horn after 25 yearsA child steps up to the counter to purchase his [more]

Chiefs try to stay hungry, humble in title repeat bid

Chiefs try to stay hungry, humble in title repeat bidThe only thing harder than winning a state championship is [more]

Stormy weather big winner at CNB Kickoff Classic

Stormy weather big winner at CNB Kickoff ClassicTwo blowouts, a lightning delay and ultimately three of the [more]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

© 2019 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach