New­ton, Pan­thers ham­mer Dol­phins for 3rd straight win

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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 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

CAR: MIA:

South-lead­ing 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.

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.

Four plays later, New­ton con­nected with Ed Dick­son on a 7-yard touch­down pass. That opened the flood­gates as the Pan­thers scored touch­downs on five straight drives.

McCAF­FREY STARTS

The Pan­thers gave McCaf­frey the start at run­ning back over Ste­wart, who fum­bled twice last week against the Fal­cons. McCaf­frey didn’t let them down, com­bin­ing for 50 yards and two scores, in­clud­ing a nifty 4-yard touch­down run where he faked out two Mi­ami de­fend­ers.

McDON­ALD RE­TURNS

Dol­phins safety T.J. McDon­ald re­turned to the start­ing lineup af­ter serv­ing an eight-game sus­pen­sion for vi­o­lat­ing the league’s sub­stance abuse pol­icy, but it didn’t help the strug­gling Dol­phins de­fense.

DRAKE’S BIG RUN

Kenyan Drake pro­vided the big play for the Dol­phins, break­ing free for a 66-yard touch­down run in the third quar­ter.

NEW­TON’S NUM­BERS

New­ton passes Dan Marino for the third-most to­tal yards (pass­ing and rush­ing) in a quar­ter­back’s first seven sea­sons. New­ton trails only Pey­ton Man­ning and Matt Ryan in that cat­e­gory.

Pan­thers 45 Dol­phins 21

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