Pan­thers win big

New­ton throws four TD passes

The Maui News - - FRONT PAGE - By STEVE REED The As­so­ci­ated Press

CHAR­LOTTE, N.C. — Cam New­ton was tired of the Carolina Pan­thers’ de­fense get­ting all of the glory.

New­ton took it as a chal­lenge when the de­fense vaulted to the league’s No. 1 rank­ing last week, say­ing it was time for the of­fense to strive to match them.

New­ton did his part on Mon­day, 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 of the of­fense, which had 30 first downs and con­verted 11 of 14 third downs.

Said New­ton: “I still feel like we are scratch­ing the sur­face of our po­ten­tial in this of­fense. We have to trust in our abil­ity to ex­e­cute our coach’s plan.”

New­ton im­proved to 5-1 in Mon­day night games, while av­er­ag­ing 270.5 yards per game with 15 touch­downs and four in­ter­cep­tions.

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

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.

Rookie Chris­tian McCaf­frey scored touch­downs rush­ing and re­ceiv­ing, and Devin Funchess caught five passes for 92 yards and two touch­downs for the Pan­thers (7-3).

Jay Cut­ler had 213 yards pass­ing with two touch­downs and one in­ter­cep­tion for the Dol­phins (4-5), who have lost three straight. Jarvis Landry and Ju­lian Thomas both caught TD passes for Mi­ami.

The game turned with 41 sec­onds left in the first half, when Luke Kuechly made a leap­ing in­ter­cep­tion along the side­line with Carolina lead­ing 10-7. Four plays later, New­ton con­nected with tight end Ed Dick­son on a 7-yard touch­down pass. That opened the flood­gates as the Pan­thers scored touch­downs on five straight pos­ses­sions in their most ex­plo­sive out­put of the sea­son.

AP pho­tos

Carolina quar­ter­back Cam New­ton cel­e­brates a touch­down pass in the sec­ond half of the Pan­thers’ 45-21 win over Mi­ami on Mon­day

The Pan­thers’ Jonathan Ste­wart leaps over the Dol­phins’ Cor­drea Tanker­s­ley in the sec­ond half.

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