Panthers' D stands up to Bears

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Cam Newton threw two touchdown passes to Greg Olsen and the Carolina Panthers' defense forced four turnovers to overcome a 14-point deficit and defeat the Chicago Bears 31-24 on Sunday.

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With the game tied at 24, Carolina's Antoine Cason stripped Matt Forte of the ball and the Panthers' Kawaan Short recovered at Chicago's 23. Six plays later, Newton found Olsen on a slant route for a 6-yard touchdown for the go-ahead score with 2:18 left.

The Panthers sealed the win when Short sacked Jay Cutler and Charles Johnson recovered as the Panthers (3-2) snapped a two-game losing streak and reclaimed first place in the NFC South.

Newton was 19 of 35 for 255 yards with two touchdown passes and one interception. Olsen had six catches for 72 yards.

Cutler was 28 of 36 for 289 yards with two TDs, but turned the ball over three times for the Bears (2-3).

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