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Panthers vs. Browns | Game day blog

The Panthers kick off their season opener against the Browns at 1 p.m. Sunday on WFMY News 2 - your official home of the Carolina Panthers.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Game day is finally here! The Carolina Panthers kick off against the Cleveland Browns at 1 p.m. on WFMY News 2 - your official home of the Carolina Panthers. 

Panthers quarterback Baker Mayfield will have his debut in black and blue - against his old team. 

Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey is still expected to take the field following a shin injury from a cleat. After his injury-prone 2021 season, we'll be waiting and watching to see if Carolina's workhorse can stay healthy in 2022. 

You can follow our game day blog for big plays and scores by the quarter. 


- The Browns win 26-24. 

- The Browns kick a 58-yarder to take the lead 26-24 with eight seconds on the clock. 

- Panthers kicker Pinero scores a field goal! Panthers lead for the first time in the game - 24-23! 

- Panthers QB Mayfield with a 75-yard bomb to WR Robbie Anderson! Touchdown Panthers! The extra point is good. 23-21, Browns. 

- The Browns kick a field goal to make their lead, 23-14. 


- Panthers QB Mayfield finds an opening and runs in the touchdown! The point after is good. Browns are still up, 20-14. 

- The Browns put up another field goal from 34 yards out. The score is 20-7, Browns.


- The first half comes to an end. Browns lead, 17-7. 

- The Browns make a 26-yard field goal. Browns lead it, 17-7.

- Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey goes airborne and punches in the touchdown! The extra kick is good. 14-7, Browns. 

- Big play for the Panthers! QB Mayfield connects to WR Ian Thomas for a 50-yard gain. First and goal. 

- Browns running back Kareem Hunt finds a hole and runs in another touchdown. The extra kick is good. Cleveland leads, 14-0.

- Cleveland running back Kareem Hunt catches a pass in the endzone. Touchdown Browns. The extra kick is good. 7-0 Browns.


- The Panthers' first drive of the second quarter comes to an end with a Baker Mayfield interception. The game is tied at zero. 


- The first quarter comes to an end with no team making the first score. The game remains tied at zero. 

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