Detroit Lions' Calvin Johnson (81) is tackled by Carolina Panthers' Luke Kuechly (59) during the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014.

Newton, defense lead Panthers over Lions

Trailing 7-6 in the third quarter, the Panthers took advantage of back-to-back Detroit turnovers and scored on three straight possessions.

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Lions hire Lombardi as O.C.

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions hired Joe Lombardi as offensive coordinator, the team announced Tuesday. Lombardi, grandson of Ha…