Four New­ton TDs as Pan­thers rout Dol­phins

The Daily Star (Lebanon) - - SPORTS - NFL

WASH­ING­TON: Cam New­ton threw for 254 yards and four touch­downs and ran for 95 yards as the Carolina Pan­thers routed the Mi­ami Dol­phins 45-21 in the NFL Mon­day.

New­ton com­pleted 21 of 35 passes while Jonathan Ste­wart ran 17 times for 110 yards to spark the host Pan­thers, who im­proved to 7-3, just be­hind first-place New Or­leans (7-2) in the NFC South di­vi­sion.

It’s the first three-game win streak for Carolina since a 14-0 start in 2015.

“Be­ing able to do this at home made it a lit­tle bit more special,” said Chris­tian McCaf­frey, who ran for one touch­down and caught a pass for an­other. “Our of­fense is at our best when we’ reina rhythm and flow­ing .”

The Dol­phins fell to 4-5, miss­ing a chance to match Buf­falo for sec­ond in the AFC East with their third loss in a row.

Carolina’s Gra­ham Gano kicked a 40-yard field goal in the first quar­ter to open the scor­ing and the Pan­thers jumped ahead 10-0 on McCaf­frey’s 4-yard touch­down run, which capped a 12-play, 85yard march with 7:05 re­main­ing in the sec­ond quar­ter.

Mi­ami an­swered with a 10-play, 75-yard touch­down drive that ended on Jay Cut­ler’s 2-yard pass to Julius Thomas, pulling the Dol­phins within 10-7.

But Carolina’s Luke Kuechly in­ter­cepted a Cut­ler pass and four plays later, New­ton tossed a 7-yard touch­down pass to Ed Dick­son with 19 sec­onds re­main­ing in the sec­ond quar­ter and the Pan­thers seized a 177 half­time lead.

New­ton flipped a screen pass to Devin Funchess and he ram­bled into the end zone on a 28-yard touch­down re­cep­tion only 3:10 into the third quar­ter.

Af­ter Carolina’s de­fend­ers stopped Mi­ami on downs to force a turnover, the Pan­thers struck again with Cameron Ar­tis-Payne rush­ing 12 yards for a touch­down as the Pan­thers stretched their lead to 31-7.

The Dol­phins re­sponded with their long­est play of the sea­son, a 66-yard touch­down run by Kenyan Drake. The play snapped Mi­ami’s club-record nine-game touch­down run drought.

But New­ton led the Pan­thers to an­swer quickly, his 69-yard run to the Mi­ami 18-yard line set­ting up his 2yard touch­down pass to McCaf­frey four plays later as Carolina stretched the lead to 38-14.

New­ton con­nected with Funchess on a 32-yard touch­down pass with 8:20 re­main­ing but Mi­ami an­swered with Cut­ler find­ing Jarvis Landry on a 9-yard touch­down pass with 4:13 to play. –

New­ton cel­e­brates a touch­down in the sec­ond quar­ter.

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