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             === Lucky 7: Panthers extend win streak on late TD ===
 
 Miami,  FL (SportsNetwork.com)  - Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers found a
 way to win again.
 
 Newton  finished  an 80-yard drive with  a 1-yard touchdown pass to Greg Olsen
 with  43 seconds remaining, giving the Panthers a 20-16 victory over the Miami
 Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium.
 
 Newton  threw for 174 yards and ran for 51 yards with a score for the Panthers
 (8-3),  who  extended their winning streak to  seven straight games. Carolina,
 which  also won  seven in a row  in 2003, remained one game behind first-place
 New Orleans in the NFC South.
 
 Ryan Tannehill and Mike Wallace hooked up for a 53-yard touchdown in the first
 quarter  for Miami, but the Dolphins managed only a trio of field goals in the
 second  quarter when they were dominating play and were shut out in the second
 half.
 
 It  was  a bitter end to  a trying week for  the Dolphins (5-6), who failed to
 build off last Sunday's 20-16 win over San Diego.
 
 Miami  players, coaches  and team officials were busy this week with questions
 from  NFL  special investigator  Ted  Wells  concerning the  team's  workplace
 conduct  in the wake  of the  Jonathan Martin-Richie Incognito  incident.  The
 Dolphins fell to 2-2 since Martin left the team because of alleged bullying.
 
 After pulling within three with a touchdown on their first series of the third
 quarter,  the  Panthers failed to cross  midfield with any of their next three
 possessions  and got  the ball back one  more time with 4:13 left on their own
 20.
 
 A penalty negated a big play on first down and the Panthers quickly faced 4th-
 and-10  but decided against a punt. Steve Smith converted with a 19-yard catch
 and  a late hit against Newton out of bounds a few plays later pushed the ball
 to the Miami 29.
 
 Mike  Tolbert then ran for 15 yards on 3rd-and-2 to set up a first down at the
 Miami  6-yard  line and Newton  found Olsen  in the end  zone from the one two
 plays later to put the Panthers in front.
 
 The  Dolphins  nearly pulled  off a  miracle play in  the closing seconds when
 Tannehill's  long  throw from  the Miami 40  went off the  hands of Wallace in
 traffic at the goal line. A sack on the next play ended the contest.
 
 "When  you've got the  ball in your hands, you've got to catch the ball," said
 Miami  head  coach Joe Philbin.  "We did have good  field position a couple of
 times  and didn't  capitalize. We talked to  our team about playing a very hot
 football team that had won six games in a row. You have to capitalize when you
 have opportunities when they present themselves."
 
 Tannehill   finished   28-of-42  for  310   yards  with  a  touchdown  and  an
 interception, while Wallace caught five passes for 127 yards. The two have had
 trouble connecting on long passes all year and despite two big plays, missed a
 couple of others that could have helped put the game out of reach.
 
 Miami  again  had trouble running the  football, finishing with 52 yards -- 36
 coming from four Tannehill scrambles.  The Dolphins,  who lost to the Panthers
 for the first time  in five all-time meetings,  are still tied with five other
 teams for the final wild card berth in the AFC, including next week's foe, the
 New York Jets.
 
 Tannehill  was picked  off  on  Miami's third  play  from  scrimmage, but  the
 Panthers were unable to cash in after Graham Gano drilled a 35-yard field goal
 attempt  into  his own line.  Gano was  able to turn  a 41-yard punt return by
 former  Dolphin Ted Ginn,  Jr. into a 52-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead on the
 next Carolina possession.
 
 It  took the Dolphins  just over a minute to answer, as Wallace adjusted to an
 underthrown  Tannehill  deep pass  for a  53-yard touchdown.  It was the first
 touchdown allowed by the Carolina defense in the first quarter this season.
 
 Tannehill  found Wallace  for  57 yards  in  the first  minute  of the  second
 quarter,  leading to  a 32-yard Caleb Sturgis field goal for a 10-3 advantage.
 Sturgis  added a 47-yard kick after a 21-yard connection between Tannehill and
 Brian  Hartline, then followed  with a 23-yard field goal with 1:01 to play in
 the half after Nolan Carroll picked off Newton.
 
 The  Dolphins were  denied  a  touchdown after  the  Carroll interception,  as
 Carolina  linebacker Luke  Kuechly separated  Miami receiver  Rishard Matthews
 from  the  ball in  the back of  the end zone  with a  vicious hit. A flag was
 thrown  for unnecessary roughness, but officials discussed the play and picked
 up the marker.
 
 Gano  pulled the Panthers  within 10 at the break with a 46-yard field goal as
 time  expired.  Brandon LaFell  caught a  short pass from  Newton and raced 29
 yards  before  stepping out  of bounds with  one second left  to set up Gano's
 kick.
 
 The  Panthers  then took  the second half  kickoff and marched  83 yards in 14
 plays  for  their first touchdown.  Newton kept it  alive early with a 12-yard
 strike  to Smith  on 3rd-and-7, then picked  up a first down on 4th-and-1 from
 the  Carolina 41 and found the end zone from five yards away to cap the nearly
 seven-minute possession.
 
 "We  came  out in  the second  half and got  the opening  kickoff and had some
 energy," said Carolina head coach Ron Rivera. "I thought the defense continued
 to  play with a  lot of effort and heart. Did some really good things but some
 silly things that have to get corrected as far as defense is concerned."
 
 Miami  didn't mount  much of an offensive threat until the fourth quarter when
 Sturgis missed a 53-yard field goal try with 7:22 remaining.
 
 Carolina  converted a  third down on its  next series to cross midfield, but a
 holding  penalty negated what would have resulted in a first down at the Miami
 45 and an incomplete pass on the ensuing play forced a punt.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Eight of Miami's 11 games this season have been decided by four points or less
 ...  Smith  became the 22nd player  to reach 12,000 career receiving yards ...
 The  Dolphins have  not scored a fourth-quarter touchdown since Week 5 against
 Baltimore  ...  Miami running back Daniel  Thomas left the contest with a left
 ankle  injury on the final play of the third quarter and guard Sam Brenner was
 carted to the locker room after hurting his left knee early in the fourth.
 
 
 
 11/24 18:30:33 ET