CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Chris Johnson ran for a season-high 130 yards and a touchdown, and the Tennessee Titans used a stifling defense to frustrate rookie Cam Newton in a 30-3 rout of the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.
The Titans (5-4) sacked Newton five times and took away Carolina's vertical passing game. Carolina (2-7) came in ranked fifth in the league on offense and first in plays of 20-plus yards, but the Titans limited Newton to 209 yards passing and held Steve Smith's, the NFC's leading receiver, to 33 yards.
Johnson had 174 yards from scrimmage and eclipsed 100 yards rushing for the first time since Oct. 2. Marc Mariani returned a punt 79 yards for a touchdown, and Matt Hasselbeck threw a 43-yard touchdown pass to Damian Williams, who finished with 107 yards receiving.