With just over seven minutes to go in the opening quarter, Newton took the ball on a read option and ran right up the middle across midfield. Then, he angled down the right sideline to move into Giants territory, and ran out at the 3-yard line for a season-long 47-yard run.
An unnecessary roughness penalty was assessed after Newton was hit out of bounds, and the ball was moved up. A couple of plays later, he tossed a touchdown pass to Ted Ginn, Jr. to put Caroilna ahead 7–0.
The Panthers and Giants were tied at 7–7 after one quarter.
- Kenny Ducey