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NFL: Carolina 23, Miami 17

Aug. 18, 2012 at 12:11 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Cam Newton directed Carolina to three scores in the first period Friday and the Panthers held on down the stretch to defeat Miami 23-17.

Newton led the Panthers on a 53-yard drive that resulted in a field goal from Justin Medlock and a 66-yard march that ended with a 2-yard scoring run by Jonathan Stewart.

The Carolina quarterback then threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to DeAngelo Williams at the end of an 80-yard drive for a 17-0 lead.

Newton completed 8-of-11 passes for 119 yards.

Miami rookie Ryan Tannehill was given the start amid speculation he will be the team's No. 1 quarterback at the beginning of the regular season. He was 11-of-23 for 100 yards without a touchdown pass or an interception.

The Dolphins closed within eight points on a 6-yard touchdown catch by Rishard Matthews with 3:23 to play and Miami got the ball back with 1:52 remaining.

Miami marched to the Carolina 4-yard line in the final seconds before the Panthers' Jeff Fuller intercepted a pass in the end zone thrown by Pat Devlin. Fuller then took an intentional safety to end the game.

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