The Jets quickly fell behind 3-0 after a 65-yard drive by the Panthers that resulted in a 33-yard field goal by Olindo Mare. New York came back with nine unanswered points on three consecutive field goals. Nick Folk tied the game with a 46-yard kick in the first quarter and Josh Brown put them up with a 34-yard field goal in the second.
A turnover by Panthers quarterback Cam Newton put the Jets in business at the 12-yard line but the offense was forced to settle once again for a field goal. A Mark Sanchez interception off the hands of Stephen Hill set the Panthers up with good field position and Newton eventually connected with Louis Murphy on a three-yard reception for the games' first touchdown.
Sanchez completed 7 of 14 passes for 90 yards and an interception in the first half. Shonn Greene rushed 10 times for 26 yards while Stephen Hill caught one pass for 32 yards.
Cam Newton went 6 of 15 in the first half 60 yards and a touchdown. Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams combined for 52 yards rushing and Greg Olson caught three passes for 29 yards to lead the team.
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