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Recap - Panthers Defeat Chicago 24-17

The Panthers were Preseason Week 1 winners on Friday, coming out on top of the Bears by a score of 24-17 at Bank of America Stadium.

Carolina won and also put money in the pockets of their supporters by covering the 3-point spread as favorites. Totals bettors, meanwhile, saw the game go OVER the closing number of 34.5.

Derek Anderson completed 8 of 15 pass attempts for 133 yards and 0 TDs for the Panthers in the win. He was picked off 1 time by the Bears defense.

Matt Blanchard rushed for 26 yards for Chicago, while Michael Ford added 15 yards. Matt Blanchard threw for 194 yards for the Bears, while receivers Marquess Wilson and Michael Ford had 82 and 35 yards respectively.

Carolina outgained Chicago 292-291 yards in the game, while the battle of first downs was won 18-16 by the Panthers.

Chicago lost the time of possession battle 30:51/29:09, leaving their defense on the field more than they wanted.

Carolina heads into a P2 battle against the Eagles. Chicago, meanwhile, will have their next action against San Diego.