Cam Newton completed 19 of 28 passes for 335 yards, two touchdowns and a pick in Sunday's NFC championship win over the Cardinals. He added another 47 yards and two scores on 10 carries.
For the second consecutive week, Newton took advantage of the turnovers created by Carolina's defense on the way to shredding the opposition. Newton got into the groove early, connecting with Corey Brown on deep crosser for an 86-yard touchdown. Unlike last week, Carolina did not take its foot off the gas pedal in the second half, with Newton dashing for a touchdown run in the third quarter and putting the game out of reach with a scoring toss to Devin Funchess in the final minutes. Newton managed to punish an Arizona defense that ranked fifth in the league in total defense in 2015, but is rewarded by taking on the league's top unit, Denver, in the Super Bowl.
Cam Newton completed 16 of 22 passes for 161 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over Seattle. He added three yards on the ground on 11 carries.
The three rushing yards were a season low and the 161 yards passing were Newton's third fewest this year. Early turnovers by Seattle gave Carolina an instant touchdown and a short field, and then a big lead gave the Carolina Panthers little reason to take chances - all contributing to Newton's modest totals. Sunday was just the third time this season that Newton was held to a single touchdown. In the prior two instances, Newton rebounded with three- and four-score games. Expect Newton to bounce back again next week, though an Arizona defense that ranked in the top 10 in the league against both the run and pass will make it difficult.
The five-year pro put his stamp on an MVP-caliber regular season by posting at least one passing and rushing touchdown in the same game for the seventh time. He finished the season with a total of 45 end-zone visits (35 passing, 10 rushing), and his passing touchdown total represented a career high. Just as important, Newton threw a career-low 10 interceptions, a key to Carolina's 14-0 start. He thrived despite a receiving corps that many panned heading into the regular season after the loss of rookie Kelvin Benjamin in August, and finished the season with a remarkable 3,837 yards while tight end Greg Olsen served as the closest thing to a true No.1 receiver that he was afforded. Newton appears primed to lead the
Newton connected with seven different receivers, but none were able to do a ton with them, as tight end Greg Olsen led the team with 40 receiving yards. Wideout Ted Ginn, who has been a favorite downfield target of Newton's in the previous few weeks, left in the first half with a calf injury. It was only the second time this season Newton failed to throw a touchdown pass, and it came after he had 13 in the previous three games. Up next is a Week 17 home game against the Bucs, with a win helping to wrap up home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.
Cam Newton (non-injury) is active for Sunday's contest at Atlanta.
Newton missed some practice reps Thursday for a personal reason, but his availability was never in question. Although the Falcons have an opportunity to spoil the Carolina Panthers ' unblemished record, Newton has accounted for 19 touchdowns (18 passing, one rushing) over the past five games, including three through the air versus Atlanta in Week 14.
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