Dolphins pummeled in prime time by Panthers
The bright lights of prime time can be blinding.
And the Dolphins defense acted like they couldn't see the Panthers on Monday Night Football. The Panthers throttled the Dolphins 45-21 in Charlotte. Miami surrendered 543 yards of offense to Carolina.
Cam Newton threw four touchdown passes, two of them to Devin Funchess, and Carolina broke open a 10 point game at the half.
In fact, the Dolphins looked to have stolen the momentum away from the Panthers in the second quarter - a Jay Cutler two yard shovel pass to Julius Thomas made the score 10-7. But Jay Cutler threw an interception with under a minute to go in the second quarter, and the Panthers capitalized with a quick touchdown before halftime.
The Panthers became the sixth team to score against the Dolphins on the first drive of the third quarter, and the Dolphins defense could not stop them after that.
Kenyan Drake had a 66 yard touchdown run, and Jarvis Landry added a late touchdown catch, but the game was decided by Carolina's offense - which scored touchdown on five consecutive drives.
Panthers rookie Christian McCaffery scored a touchdown receiving and one rushing, and Newton added 95 yards on the ground.
The Dolphins fall to 4-5, still just one spot out of the final AFC Wild Card. But they have lost three straight games, all of them coming in prime time. They also have one less day to prepare for their next game - Sunday at home against the Buccaneers. It is the makeup date of the team's opening week match that was rained out because Hurricane Irma.
The Panthers are 7-3, and headed to their bye week.