New­ton, Pan­thers ham­mer Dol­phins 45-21

Porterville Recorder - - SPORTS - By STEVE REED

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

He said it was time for the of­fense 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 fran­chis­ere­cord 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 69-yard jaunt on a read op­tion as the Pan­thers racked up 294 yards on the ground.

AP PHOTO BY BOB LEVERONE

Mi­ami Dol­phins' Kenyan Drake (32) runs for a touch­down against the Carolina Pan­thers in the sec­ond half of an NFL foot­ball game in Char­lotte, N.C., Mon­day.

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