The Carolina Panthers provided a happy Thanksgiving for fans, whipping Dallas 33-14 on the strength of their defense.
The Panthers pushed their record to 11-0 in what has already been an extraordinary season. Carolina intercepted Dallas quarterback Tony Romo three times before Romo left at the end of the third quarter with an injury.
The Panthers’ defense ran two of those interceptions back for touchdowns, with safety Kurt Coleman taking the first one 36 yards only 59 seconds into the game.
That began the Dallas downfall. Luke Kuechly had the second Panthers defensive TD in the second quarter – the first TD of his career. Then Kuechly intercepted Romo again on the Cowboys’ next offensive play as chants of “L-u-u-u-ke” rang out in AT&T Stadium.
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Carolina led 23-3 at halftime in the first Thanksgiving Day game in franchise history, and Cam Newton’s offense still hadn’t scored a touchdown. Newton eventually ran one in and then capped it with a couple of old-school dance moves. Graham Gano added four field goals as Carolina kept the dream of an undefeated season alive.
Up next: The Saints Dec. 6.