Nov 24, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) drops back to pass as Miami Dolphins defensive end Olivier Vernon (50) rushes in the second half of a game at Sun Life Stadium. The Panthers won 20-16. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Dolphins Break Down as Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers Win 20-16

Cam Newton, aka Superman, showed why he is a clutch, big-game performer after raising his team to a 20-16 victory over the Miami Dolphins (5-6) on Sunday.

After a full week of preparation dialing in on Newton and the Carolina Panthers (8-3), the Miami Dolphins posted a roar of urgency and swimming with a calm, constant set of waves in the first half. But in the second half, Miami tried to make Newton their Kryptonite and fell short.

The third-year quarterback stashed another memory for his breakout 2013 season. Newton, who put the Panthers on his shoulders in a closing drive to get the victory over the New England Patriots — ironically — capping off another masterful, successful drive to Greg Olsen to give the Panthers their seventh consecutive victory.

Newton finished with 174 passing yards, one touchdown and an interception. And on the ground he rushed eight carries for 51 yards and a score.

Earlier in the game, Miami was off and running scoring 16 first-half points. Ryan Tannehill, who struggled to deliver the deep ball as of late, connected with his deep threat receiver Mike Wallace on multiple occasions, one being a 53-yard score.

Tannehill recorded 310 yards, one touchdown and an interception and Wallace finished with 5 catches for 127 yards and a touchdown.

Miami’s defense was fairly decent against the Panthers (up until the fourth quarter). Nolan Carroll, a four-year cornerback, anticipated a throw from  Newton and robbed receiver Brandon LeFell from a long-yardage gain.

The problem that the Dolphins had against Carolina was making the most of their opportunities. After a 53-yard reception by Wallace, the Dolphins were placed on the opponent’s 22-yard line, but was later shut down on an three-and-out sequence.

Another moment in the game that would change the complexion of the game in the fourth quarter was an incomplete catch by Rishard Matthews — who was smothered by Carolina’s Luke Kuechly on the play — followed by a missed field goal by rookie Caleb Sturgis. Despite Sturgis connecting on three consecutive field goals on Sunday, he is 17 of 22 attempts on  the season.

Miami will play the New York Jets (5-6) in a wild-card clash next Sunday at 1 p.m. Miami is one of six 5-6 teams in the AFC Wild-Card race.

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  • Chris Logel

    To me a mark of a good coach is how you make second half adjustments. Yet again we are out coached in the second half. Since the New England debacle, we don’t show up in the second half. Philbin’s loyalty to Sherman will cost him his job at some point. Also, Tannehill needs to figure out how to throw a deep ball.

    • Mark Loiselle

      And learn not to throw interceptions. He has 12 interceptions already. That’s a number you finish with.

  • Asher Palma

    Are you kidding me? Are you really not gonna bring to light that this game would’ve been won if Ryan Tannehill could hit a WIDE open receiver going down the field? This is an issue that’s been happening ALL YEAR and people want to complain about Wallace? He missed Wallace THREE times today on the deep ball and was very fortunate Wallace was able to bring in that first one that was well under thrown. The second one was caught but also way under thrown and should have been a TD. But no instead its downed around the 20 and Miami settles for a field goal. And wait there’s more! In the third Wallace is behind the defense AGAIN and guess what Tannehill does? Overthrows him! This game would’ve been at 27-13 if he could just make those simple throws. Throws that all 31 other quarterbacks in the league can complete. Hell your back up’s back up should be able to make that throw. Tannehill is not the guy and you are all going to see that either this year or (god forbid) next year. I say put Moore in and hope he can sneak us in the playoffs because the way Tannehill is playing there is no way we are going to be anything more than mediocre.

    • Mark Loiselle

      The Dolphins shouldn’t even be in contention for wild-card spot. They simply don’t deserve it.