PANTHERS 16, JAGUARS 10
CHARLOTTE -- Cam Newton overthrew receivers.He spent much of Sunday fighting to keep his grip on the football amid a torrential downpour that slowed the game to a crawl.
There were few of the big passing plays he made look so easy in his first two games, even fewer scoring chances, and more than enough reasons to get frustrated.
Instead, the No. 1 overall draft pick by Carolina (1-2) ignored it all and led the clutch drive that secured his first NFL victory, 16-10 over Jacksonville.
Newton found Greg Olsen over the middle for a 16-yard touchdown with 4:20 left to lift the Panthers over the Jaguars.
Newton didn't come close to matching those 400-yard throwing days from each of his first two games, finishing 18 for 34 for 158 yards against the Jaguars (1-2).
"It wasn't a pretty win," Newton said, "but the last part counts, right?"
Newton didn't even crack the 100-yard passing mark until the final period. At least some blame went to the heavy rain that arrived in the second quarter, turning the field into a slick, puddle-filled mess, sending players hydroplaning and kicking up walls of water as they slid to the turf on tackles.
But after the rain let up in the third period, Newton directed a field-goal drive late in the period. Then he completed all three of his passes for 47 yards on the decisive drive. On his last throw, he went over the middle to Olsen, who broke free of a tackle by Daryl Smith and sprinted to the left side for the go-ahead touchdown.
Car-Hardy safety, 7:33.
Car-FG Mare 35, 14:12.
Jac-FG Scobee 53, 7:41.
Jac-Thomas 36 pass from Gabbert (Scobee kick), :00.
Car-FG Mare 32, 2:24.
Car-Olsen 16 pass from Newton (Olsen pass from Newton), 4:20.
RUSHING-Jacksonville, Jones-Drew 24-122, Karim 5-4, Gabbert 4-2, Turk 1-0. Carolina, Stewart 10-59, Newton 7-27, D.Williams 10-18, Felton 1-3.
PASSING-Jacksonville, Gabbert 12-21-1-139. Carolina, Newton 18-34-0-158.
RECEIVING-Jax, Thomas 4-55, Jones-Drew 3-45, Karim 2-19, Lewis 2-15, Hill 1-5. Carolina, Olsen 7-57, Shockey 3-30, Stewart 3-26, D.Williams 2-17, Smith 2-15, Naanee 1-13.
MISSED FIELD GOALS-None.