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New­ton leads Pan­thers to blowout win over Dol­phins

Medicine Hat News - - SPORTS - STEVE REED

CHAR­LOTTE, N.C. Cam New­ton took it as a chal­lenge when the Carolina Pan­thers de­fence vaulted to the league’s No. 1 rank­ing.

He said it was time for the of­fence to match that mark.

New­ton did his part on Mon­day night, throw­ing for 254 yards and four touch­downs and run­ning for 95 more as the Pan­thers piled up a fran­chise-record 548 yards in a 45-21 rout of the Mi­ami Dol­phins.

“It’s nice to see them have this type of break­out game,” Pan­thers coach Ron Rivera said.

New­ton im­proved to 5-1 on Mon­day night games dur­ing his ca­reer.

“There is some­thing about this stage with him,” Rivera said. “He played a tremen­dous game.”

Rookie Chris­tian McCaf­frey scored touch­downs rush­ing and re­ceiv­ing, and Devin Funchess caught five passes for 92 yards and two touch­downs as the Pan­thers (7-3) re­mained a half-game be­hind the NFC South­lead­ing Saints head­ing into their bye week.

Jonathan Ste­wart ran for a sea­son-high 110 yards, and New­ton had a 69yard jaunt on a read op­tion as the Pan­thers racked up 294 yards on the ground.

Jay Cut­ler had 213 yards pass­ing with two touch­downs and one in­ter­cep­tion for the Dol­phins (4-5), who have lost three straight.

The game turned with 41 sec­onds left in the first half, when Luke Kuechly in­ter­cepted Jay Cut­ler with Carolina lead­ing 10-7.

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