August 18, 2018 / 3:15 AM / 3 months ago

McCaffrey, rookie spark Panthers past Dolphins, 27-20

Rookie tight end Ian Thomas scored the first touchdown of his NFL career and quarterback Cam Newton shook off a sluggish performance, leading the Carolina Panthers to a 27-20 preseason victory against the Miami Dolphins on Friday night in Charlotte, N.C.

Newton, who completed 9 of 12 passes for 89 yards, teamed up with Thomas on a 27-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.

Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey opened the scoring with a 71-yard rushing touchdown in the first quarter. McCaffrey finished with 92 yards and one touchdown on five carries.

Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill was 14-of-17 passing for 100 yards.

The Panthers (2-0) led 13-9 at halftime against Miami (0-2).

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