Auburn NFL roundup: Cam Newton returns to Charlotte with 3-TD game

Carolina Panthers coach Matt Rhule said last week he would start Cam Newton at quarterback on Sunday, but he also plans to play PJ Walker in QB against the Washington football team.

After all, even though Newton produced touchdowns the first two times he touched the ball in the 2021 season last week, the former Auburn All-American only signed with the Panthers on November 11 and did not ‘took just nine shots in the 34-10 Carolina upheaval. of the Arizona Cardinals, the team with the best record in the NFL.





However, Newton went all the way when he returned to Bank of America Stadium on Sunday. But as Newton gave Carolina the lead in the first half with a touchdown pass and one run and tied the game with a fourth-quarter touchdown throw, Washington wasted the opportunity with two baskets in the game. in the last five minutes for a 27-21 win.

“We had planned to play PJ on the finish line,” said Rhule, “but it looked like Cam was in control. It looked like he was moving the football. I think the coaches just decided,“ Hey, he is sexy. ”… We thought Cam was playing well, so we kept him in there.

The Carolina quarterback immediately after joining the team as the first selected player in the 2011 NFL Draft, Newton only played two games in the 2019 season due to an injury to the foot, and the Panthers released him last year.

After spending 2020 with the New England Patriots and 10 weeks this season as a free agent, Newton returned to Carolina when an injury sidelined Panthers QB Sam Darnold.

“I felt like my chest was about to explode a few times,” Newton said of his return to Bank of America Stadium with a large crowd. “But overall it was hot, and I just appreciate the fans for coming out and showing their support, man. These last few days have been overwhelming, and my prayer was about what I hope. to be able to keep her on the road, man. But I wanted to make the most of the moment today. It didn’t go the way I wanted or wanted to, but we can still learn from it. “

Newton completed 21 of 27 passes for 189 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions and ran for 46 yards and one touchdown in 10 carries against Washington.

The game was Newton’s 44th with at least one touchdown pass and one touchdown run – 13 more than any other player in NFL history.

In his first game in Charlotte since September 12, 2019, Newton guided Carolina on their first possession on a nine-play, 75-yard drive that ended with his 10-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver DJ Moore with 9:32 to play. the first trimester.

With the score tied 7-7, Newton ran for 24 yards per touchdown with 5:52 left in the second half. Newton extended his NFL record for quarterback rushing touchdowns to 72.

After the touchdown, Newton ran to midfield, placed the soccer ball over the Panthers logo, and celebrated his Superman.

“Today was a special day for me for more than one reason,” Newton said. “Today was the day of my resurrection. I don’t know if a lot of people know that November 21st is a very special day for me. I took a big “L” in my life, but I felt like it was a big scar that ended up being my biggest star. I was incarcerated that day while I was at the University of Florida, and this day is still meaningful where I come from.

“I was just going to enjoy the moment – I’m going to enjoy the moment again. I think my life could be who knows where right now. … God had favor over my life, and that’s the big picture.

In Carolina’s first possession in the fourth quarter, Newton totaled all yards (except for a 15-yard penalty for unnecessary roughness) on a tying touchdown with three carries for 19 yards and 4 passes for 4 for. 57 yards, including a 27-yard scoring throw to running back Christian McCaffrey with 10:44 to play.

But Carolina’s next two sets ended on snaps fourth and 3. On the first, Newton’s completion at McCaffrey came within inches of the footage needed. In the second, Newton was sacked.

“I thought Cam was excellent,” Rhule said. “I think he handled everything. There might have been a communication error in the first half, but he went through the progressions. The (touchdown) throw he gave Christian was elitist, I thought. For where we’re at, after a week I think he’s done a good job.

Newton was among 12 former Auburn players who entered the field on the 11th Sunday of the 102nd NFL season.

Three other former Auburn players were involved in the Washington-Carolina game:

· Derrick Brown started off as a defensive tackle for Carolina. Brown made two tackles.

· Panthers guard Mike Horton is on the practice squad and is not eligible to play.

Washington’s defensive tackle Gabe Wright is on the practice squad and is not eligible to play.

In the other Sunday matches:

Indianapolis Colts 41, Buffalo Bills 15

· Braden Smith started off the right offensive tackle for the Colts. Buffalo entered the game as the No.1 defense in the NFL, but Indianapolis slashed the Bills for 264 rushing yards and posted the highest points total of 2021 against them.

Baltimore Ravens 16, Chicago Bears 13

· Angelo Blackson started off as a defensive tackle for the Bears. Blackson made three tackles.

· Josh Bynes started as the Ravens middle linebacker.

Cleveland Browns 13, Detroit Lions 10

· Anthony Schwartz has been designated as an inactive match day. Schwartz did not train last week due to a concussion.

San Francisco 49ers 30, Jacksonville Jaguars 10

Forty-Niners defensive end Dee Ford (St. Clair County) is on the injured list.

· Jaguar safety Rudy Ford (New Hope) had four tackles on defense and one on special teams.

· Jaguars defenseman Daniel Thomas (Lee-Montgomery) made four tackles.

Miami Dolphins 24, New York Jets 17

· Dolphins defensive back Javaris Davis is on the practice squad and is not eligible to play.

· Dolphins cornerback Noah Igbinoghene (Hewitt-Trussville) has been designated as an inactive game day.

· Jets defensive end Carl Lawson is on the casualty reserve.

· Jets linebacker Jamien Sherwood is on the injured list.

Philadelphia Eagles 40, New Orleans Saints 29

Defensive tackle of the Saints Montravius ​​Adams is on the practice squad and is not eligible to play.

· Jack Driscoll started right guard for the Eagles. New Orleans entered the game as the NFL’s No.1 defense, but Philadelphia ran for 242 yards on Sunday.

· Eagles kicker Arryn Siposs averaged 44.2 yards, netted 38.4 yards, on five punts. Siposs had a 44-yard punt that was returned 8 yards to the New Orleans 34-yard line, a 40-yard one that was missed and recovered by the Saints at New Orleans 36, a 53 yards that went out of bounds at New Orleans 10, a 41 yard that was returned 14 yards to Philadelphia 39 and a 43 yard that was returned 7 yards to Philadelphia 49.

Cincinnati Bengals 32, Las Vegas Raiders 13

· Peyton Barber started racing for the Raiders. Barber ran for 3 yards.

· Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson has hit all his kicks – 26 and 47 yard baskets and an extra run.

· CJ Uzomah started on the tight end for the Bengals. Uzomah caught two passes for 9 yards.

Kansas City Chiefs 19, Dallas Cowboys 9

Prince Tega Wanogho (Edgewood Academy) dressed for the game but did not play.

Week 11 kicked off with the New England Patriots beating the Atlanta Falcons 25-0 on Thursday night.

Week 10 concludes with the New York Giants game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 7:15 p.m. CDT Monday at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. ESPN and ESPN 2 will broadcast the game on television.


Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @ AMarkG1.

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