After an eventful first half of action, the Redskins head into halftime down 31-14 to the 9-0 Panthers.
Things got off to a rough start for Washington as Kirk Cousins was intercepted on the offense's first drive of the game, a miscue that the Panthers immediately cashed in on -- something that would be a theme of the entire first half. Cam Newton hit Jonathan Stewart to put Carolina up 7-0 early in the first quarter, and things were just getting started for the Carolina offense.
The Redskins would respond immediately when Cousins hit DeSean Jackson down the left sideline for 56 yards to tie it up 7-7, and the game would briefly take on a seesaw nature. The Panthers answered with an 80-yard drive for another score to go up 14-7, only to see the Skins respond with a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
The key moment in the first half occurred midway through the second quarter, when the Redskins appeared to have an interception for a touchdown by Chris Culliver, only to have it called back because of an unnecessary roughness penalty. The Panthers took advantage of the break and scored a touchdown to make it 21-14.
The Redskins continued to doom themselves as a Matt Jones fumble led to Newton's fourth touchdown pass of the game, putting Washington in a 28-14 hole. Then Cousins fumbled to give the Panthers yet another chance to add to their lead. Graham Gano would tack on a field goal to make it 31-14.
Washington gets the ball to start the third quarter.