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Carolina, Newton struggle in loss

Cam Newton threw a Hail Mary pass that fell incomplete on the final play of the first half Friday night, and that's the closest he came to reaching the end zone.

The top pick of the NFL draft was shut out in his first exhibition-game start, and Newton's Carolina Panthers lost to the Miami Dolphins 20-10.

Miami rookie and Kansas State product Daniel Thomas carried 12 times for 52 yards. Brandon Marshall played three series and caught five passes for 46 yards.

Newton played the entire first half, when the Panthers managed only three first downs, had the ball for less than eight minutes and fell behind 17-0. Newton went 7 for 14 for 66 yards, and he ran four times for 18 yards.

Carolina crossed midfield for the first time when Newton ran for 7 yards on the next-to-last play of the half.

Reggie Bush, another former Heisman Trophy winner, played for the first time since joining the Dolphins and totaled 81 yards from scrimmage in three series.

Lions 30, Browns 28 — Colt McCoy threw three touchdown passes — two to tight end Evan Moore — in the first half, but the Cleveland Browns blew a 15-point lead after halftime and lost to the Detroit Lions in a penalty-filled exhibition that showed both teams have plenty to fix in the next three weeks.

McCoy finished 10 of 18 for 96 yards, his second straight solid performance running first-year Browns coach Pat Shurmur's new West Coast offense. McCoy was victimized by a few drops and wasn't as sharp as in last week's win over the Super Bowl champion Packers. However, the second-year QB showed poise, ran away from Ndamukong Suh and didn't force any throws while playing most of the first half.

The Lions (2-0) trailed by 10 entering the fourth, but got a 20-yard TD pass from Drew Stanton and Dave Rayner's 48-yard field goal.

Jaguars 15, Falcons 13 — Jacksonville's quarterback competition turned out to be a stalemate against Atlanta.

David Garrard did little to solidify his starting spot and rookie Blaine Gabbert was equally unimpressive as the Jaguars beat the Falcons.

Garrard completed 7 of 12 passes for 99 yards with an interception in three series. Gabbert, the 10th overall pick in April's draft, completed 11 of 23 passes for 96 yards in seven series. Gabbert was plagued by several drops, including three on one second-half series that forced the Jaguars to settle for a 54-yard field goal.

Matt Ryan's receiving corps had similar issues, but Harry Douglas turned a short crossing route into a 76-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Ryan finished 7 of 15 for 116 yards.

Redskins 16, Colts 3 — John Beck led Washington to scores on its first four possessions, and the Redskins used a dominant first half to beat the Indianapolis Colts.

Beck made a strong statement in his bid to be Washington's starting quarterback by going 14 of 17 for 140 yards with no interceptions. Tim Hightower scored the game's only TD on a 1-yard run. Beck also set up Graham Gano for field goals of 28, 27 and 26 yards as the Redskins took a 16-0 lead late in the first half.

Rex Grossman, in competition with Beck for the starting job, was 7 of 13 for 88 yards with one interception in the second half.

Indianapolis, playing again without Peyton Manning, has lost eight straight preseason games and is 4-24 since 2005 in games played in August and early September.

Packers 28, Cardinals 20 — Aaron Rodgers topped off a sharp performance with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Greg Jennings and the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers beat the Arizona Cardinals.

Rodgers played into the second quarter, completing 9 of 12 passes for 97 yards and the touchdown. Matt Flynn took over for Rodgers and led the Packers to another touchdown before halftime, a 2-yard run by rookie Alex Green.

It was a rough night for Cardinals rookie running back Ryan Williams, who was carted off the field after a right knee injury early in the third. A Packers player appeared to land awkwardly on the right leg of Williams, a second-round pick out of Virginia Tech.

Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb was 6 for 11 for 80 yards but the rest of the Cardinals offense didn't look ready for the regular season. Arizona was called for nine penalties in the first half, including several sloppy mistakes on offense.

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