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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Cam Newton made a successful return to the field, throwing for 281 yards and a touchdown in the Carolina Panthers' 24-7 victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday.
Newton, who missed the season opener with a rib injury, was 22 of 34 and overcame four sacks. Carolina started 2-0 for the first time since 2008.
Trailing 7-6 in the third quarter, the Panthers took advantage of back-to-back Detroit turnovers and scored on three straight possessions.
Carolina's defense, playing without Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Hardy, had three takeaways and held the Lions scoreless in the first half one week after Matthew Stafford and company put up 35 points against the Giants. Hardy, convicted on two counts of domestic violence on July 15, was a surprise inactive.
Stafford threw for 291 yards with one touchdowns and one interception. He was sacked four times.
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