Allowing Explosive Plays - The Dolphins defense started out strong, holding quarterback Cam Newton and company to just 10 points before the turnover by Cutler with halftime looming. This marked the first time in franchise history Carolina has run for 200-plus yards in back-to-back games - last week the Panthers ran for 201 yards against Atlanta. Quarterback Jay Cutler was looking to get the Miami offense points, but ended up making a bad decision looking for Julius Thomas and instead finding Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly.
Newton led a high-powered performance from an offense that had largely struggled this season. That formula worked to perfection on Monday and is what the Panthers have been doing during their three-game winning streak.
The Dolphins (4-5) lost their third game in a row. Newton had the biggest run of the night, busting off a 69-yard run immediately after the Dolphins scored on a 66-yard Kenyan Drake run.
The Panthers converted on Newton's 7-yard touchdown pass to tight end Ed Dickson at the 19-second mark.
The Panthers went up 24-7 on the first possession of the second half when Funchess scored on a 28-yard screen pass from Newton. The Carolina signal caller finished second on the team in rushing as well, finishing with 95 yards on the ground. After almost throwing a bad interception early in the game, the Panthers rattled off multiple scoring drives. He completed 21 of his 35 attempts for 254 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions.
The third-year receiver from MI finished with five receptions for 92 yards and a 32-yard touchdown early in in the fourth quarter that put the game out of reach.