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Newton, Stewart lead Panthers past Chiefs

By STEVE REED
AP Sports Writer

Kansas City Chiefs

Kansas City Chiefs

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Cam Newton made a successful return following ankle surgery, Jonathan Stewart ran for two touchdowns and the Carolina Panthers beat the Kansas City Chiefs 28-16 on Sunday night.

Newton completed 4 of 9 passes for 65 yards and led a pair of touchdown drives in the preseason game before exiting late in the second quarter with Carolina (1-1) up 14-6.

Stewart ran for 26 yards on four carries and made a strong case to be the Panthers’ goal-line back – if not their primary ball carrier – with scoring runs of 3 and 2 yards.

Carolina managed just a yard in on its first three possessions before Stewart provided a spark with a 17-yard run. The Panthers scored touchdowns on their next two possessions.

Alex Smith was 14 of 22 for 127 yards for Kansas City (1-1). Rookie Aaron Murray’s first NFL pass resulted in a 43-yard touchdown strike, but he also had an interception.

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  • Arthur Doyle

    LT Eric Fisher did not look good. The Chiefs secondary looks highly suspicious. Poor tackling was rampant on the Chiefs defense. The Chiefs failure to address the wide receiver position in the offseason looks less like an oversight and more like a debacle. I am displeased with the performance I saw last night.

    • passin_threw

      I was pretty happy with their performance, sure hope chiefjoe59 has an opinion

  • Broncos

    Two words. DENVER BRONCOS!!!