National Football League
            === Broncos win 4th straight in thumping of Panthers ===
 Charlotte,  NC  (Sports Network) -  Peyton Manning threw  for 301 yards with a
 touchdown  and  Trindon Holliday  returned a  kick for a  score for the second
 straight week as the Denver Broncos downed the Carolina Panthers, 36-14.
 Tony  Carter also  returned an interception for  a score as part of a dominant
 defensive  effort  that recorded seven  sacks for  Denver (6-3), which won its
 fourth straight.
 "We  played well enough  in each phase that they were all factors in the game,
 whether  it's  a  defensive  score  or  a  punt  return  for  a  touchdown  by
 (Holliday)," Broncos coach John Fox said.
 Manning  completed 27-of-38 passes, including nine to Demaryius Thomas for 135
 Cam  Newton went  21-for-36 through  the  air with  241  yards and  a pair  of
 touchdown  passes to  Greg Olson and two interceptions for the Panthers (2-7),
 who  have dropped  six of their last  seven but were coming off a victory over
 Washington last week.
 Olsen finished with nine receptions for 102 yards in defeat.
 Carolina  started a  drive at  its  own 23-yard  line after  the teams  traded
 punts  on the opening  two possessions of the game, and Newton found Olson and
 Mike Tolbert for 26-yard gains before Olsen capped the 6-play drive by hauling
 in a 4-yard touchdown pass.
 The  Broncos  later took over  on offense at their  own 41 and Thomas' 32-yard
 reception  over the  middle moved  the  ball deep  inside Carolina  territory,
 setting  up  Brandon Stokley's  10-yard touchdown  grab with  1:32 left in the
 first quarter.
 Denver  took the lead on the first play of the second quarter as Holliday, who
 had  a 105-yard  kickoff return for a  score last week, received a punt at the
 Denver  24, cut  to the right and  raced down the right sideline for a 76-yard
 "You  can't give  up points on special  teams. When you do that, you hurt your
 chances  to win  football games  and that's  exactly what  happened," Panthers
 coach Ron Rivera said.
 Matt  Prater connected  on a  53-yard field  goal on  the Broncos'  next touch
 before missing a 43-yard kick wide right following another Carolina punt.
 Carolina  failed to cut  into its deficit before the end of the half as Justin
 Medlock missed a 43-yard field goal wide left on the Panthers' ensuing drive.
 The  Panthers got a big defensive play early in the third quarter when Charles
 Johnson  knocked  the ball  out of  Manning's hand during  a sack and Carolina
 recovered  at its own  34, but Carter stepped in front of a Newton pass on the
 next play a returned it 40 yards for a touchdown.
 Carolina's  defense forced  another turnover  on Denver's  next touch  as Greg
 Hardy  punched the  ball away  from  Willis McGahee,  giving the  ball to  the
 Panthers at their own 22.
 But  they  would again  not manage to  take advantage and  were forced to punt
 without recording a first down.
 Denver then went on a 9-play, 62-yard drive Prater capped with a 27-yard field
 goal for a 27-7 lead with 14:17 remaining in the fourth quarter.
 After  Mike  Adams sacked  Newton for  a safety less  than four minutes later,
 Newton  connected with Olson  on a 5-yard touchdown with 5:09 left in the game
 to bring Carolina within 29-14.
 The  Panthers failed  to recover the ensuing onside kick, however, and Manning
 found  Thomas  deep down the  right sideline for  a 46-yard gain before Ronnie
 Hillman  broke a  couple of  tackles en  route to  a 5-yard  touchdown run  to
 finalize the scoring.
 Rahim  Moore then intercepted a tipped Newton pass on the first play after the
 two-minute warning and Denver was able to run out the rest of the clock.
                                   Game Notes
 Manning's  touchdown pass gave him 420 for his career, tying Hall of Famer Dan
 Marino for second most in NFL history. Brett Favre is the all-time leader with
 508  ... Broncos  defensive end  Elvis Dumervil  left the  game in  the second
 quarter  with  a shoulder injury  and did not  return ... Denver wide receiver
 Eric  Decker had  his streak  of five  straight games  with a  touchdown catch
 snapped.  He finished  with 15 yards on  two receptions ... Newton fell to 3-2
 against  teams from the AFC in his career ... Denver leads the all-time series
 between the teams, 3-1.
 11/11 18:23:14 ET