Cardinals lose to Panthers by six points

The Arizona Cardinals lost their third straight game, losing 31-30 to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

The Cards lost their second straight after starting the season 0-5.

The Cardinals have now lost six straight games.

The Panthers had the ball with 2:18 remaining in the third quarter when quarterback Cam Newton threw a short pass to running back Jonathan Stewart.

Stewart went up for the catch and ran for four yards.

Stewart then got up and ran the last few yards to the end zone for a 27-21 lead.

Stewart scored the first touchdown of the game, giving the Cardinals a 28-21 halftime lead.

The offense failed to score again in the second half.

The defense gave up seven touchdowns on 16 possessions and allowed Carolina to score 20 points in the first half.

Cam Newton completed 23 of 38 passes for 237 yards and two touchdowns.

The game-winning touchdown came with 12:45 left in the fourth quarter when Newton threw the ball over the middle to running mate Ryan Mathews.

Mathews had a big day for the Panthers, catching seven passes for 113 yards and a touchdown.

Mathewson caught seven passes and ran eight times for 53 yards in his first career start.

He finished with 12 carries for 81 yards and one touchdown.

The victory was the Cardinals first since a 41-14 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 20.

The win marked the Cardinals fourth straight win against the Panthers.

The NFC South division leaders have lost three straight.

They will look to avoid a fourth straight loss to the Panthers at home on Sunday night.