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Newton Rallies Panthers Past Dolphins, 20-16

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(MIAMI GARDENS, Fla.) -- The Carolina Panthers have a lot to be thankful for this week after their 20-16 win over the Dolphins on Sunday.

Carolina (8-3) has now won seven straight and overcame being down 16-3 in the first half on Sunday.  The team trailed 16-13 with 4:13 left in the fourth quarter and started the final drive at their own 20 with one timeout remaining.

Newton led the team down the field and went for it on fourth down when he hit Steve Smith for a 19-yard gain that continued the game winning drive.

"It may not be pretty," said Newton, who converted on two third down plays in the drive before hitting Greg Olsen in the end zone, "but at the end of the game we get that three-letter word, and that's gorgeous."

Miami still had a chance to win the game, but Ryan Tannehill's 60-yard bomb to Michael Wallace fell incomplete as Carolina head coach Ron Rivera held his breath on the sideline.

"A little scary," Carolina coach Ron Rivera said.

The Dolphins fell to 5-6 with the loss.

"That's a tough play," Tannehill said. "You're basically a hope and a prayer and get it out there."

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