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Cam Newton has strong quarter as Carolina Panthers defeat Tennessee Titans

By The Sports Xchange
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton walks off the field in defeat following the Panthers final possession against the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, California on February 7, 2016. Photo by Brian Kersey/UPI | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/ba0c7ddceef6214799c37b47c6639275/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton walks off the field in defeat following the Panthers final possession against the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, California on February 7, 2016. Photo by Brian Kersey/UPI | License Photo

Quarterback Cam Newton threw for 162 yards and a touchdown in the first quarter Saturday as the Carolina Panthers dumped the Tennessee Titans 26-16 in an NFL exhibition game at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn.

Newton hooked up with Ted Ginn, Jr. for a 61-yard scoring strike just 2:12 into the game as Ginn, Jr. broke a tackle after catching a short pass. Carolina made it 10-0 on Graham Gano's 41-yard field goal with 20 seconds left in the first quarter.

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Tennessee scored its only touchdown with 10:54 remaining in the second quarter on Marcus Mariota's 23-yard scoring pass to Harry Douglas. Mariota left after that series, having completed 9-of-10 passes for 104 yards and an interception.

Gano's 23-yard field goal with three seconds left in the half made it 13-7 Panthers at halftime. The Titans drew within 13-10 on a 48-yard field goal by Ryan Succup at the 10:04 mark of the third quarter.

But the Panthers cashed in the last of three Tennessee turnovers to make it 19-10, scoring when Derek Anderson hit Kevin Norwood with an 8-yard touchdown pass with 4:49 remaining in the third quarter. Carolina capped its scoring when Joe Webb connected with Jalen Simmons on a 6-yard scoring strike with 6:01 left the game.

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The Titans added a 9-yard touchdown pass from Alex Tanney to Alex Ellis with 1:55 remaining.

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