Panthers clinch narrow victory over Dolphins

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Ryan Tannehill completed 12 of 15 passes for 102 yards and a touchdown, Damien Williams scored twice for the Miami Dolphins in a 31-30 preseason loss to the Carolina Panthers on Saturday night.

Williams scored on a 1-yard touchdown run and caught an 11-yard TD pass on a slant route from Tannehill.

Williams nearly had a third touchdown, but Dolphins coach Joe Philbin errantly challenged an official's call that the second-year running back was stopped before the goal line after diving for the pylon.

When officials reviewed the play, they determined Williams actually fumbled the ball into the end zone.

Instead of the Dolphins taking a 20-0 lead -- or having a second-and-goal at the Carolina 1 had Philbin not challenged -- the Panthers got the ball at the 20 after the touchback.

Carolina's Cam Newton struggled in his first game without wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, finishing 4 of 10 for 42 yards with an interception.

Copyright 2015 by The Associated Press

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