Max Henson Staff Writer
BALTIMORE, MD August 23, 2013 - The Carolina Panthers scored three times on defense and once on special teams to claim a 34-27 victory over the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium Thursday night.
Baltimore running back Ray Rice gave the Ravens an early 7-0 lead before Panthers wide receiver Ted Ginn leveled the score. On his first punt return this preseason, Ginn made one man miss before sprinting clear into the end zone for a 74-yard touchdown to tie the game.
On the ensuing possession, linebacker Luke Kuechly smashed running Bernard Pierce behind the line of scrimmage and forced a fumble that fellow linebacker Thomas Davis pounced on for a 2-yard touchdown.
Graham Gano hit a 54-yard field goal before the end of the second quarter to give Carolina a 24-7 advantage at halftime.
The Ravens scored 10 consecutive points in the third quarter before Gano connected on a 34-yard field goal.
Panthers cornerback D.J. Moore then intercepted Tyrod Taylor and returned it 31 yards for a touchdown – the Panthers’ fourth touchdown return of the night.
Ravens running back Damien Berry scored on a 10-yard run and Justin Tucker added a 36-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to finish the scoring.
Carolina improves to 2-1 in the preseason and will play a final tune-up against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Bank of America Stadium next Thursday.