[Panthers 35, Saints 27]
Cam Newton Press Conference | Scott Fowler – Charlotte Observer | ESPN NFL Nation | Peter King’s MMQB
-The coolest play you ever will see. The fake swing pass end-around to LaFell. Are these guys fun or what? I’m told this was a play Auburn ran last season. Rob Chudzinski takes everyone else’s great plays and steals them and makes them his own.
-These teams definitely hate each other. This was apparent when Cam Newton’s helmet was ripped off in a pile near the goal line. It seemed as if New Orleans was trying to hurt him. When Newton got back up, put his skull cap on, and emerged with his helmet, it seemed to really tick him off. He looked at the crowd and shook his head as if to say ‘can’t hurt me’.
-Lots of huge hits delivered from the Panthers to the Saints, and a few from the Saints to the Panthers.
-The pressure from the Panthers front four, along with a few other exotic blitzes; was something to marvel at. I saw Frank Alexander get his hands on another pass.
-The Saints just seem unlike themselves. When they went to Jimmy Graham, it worked. But they didn’t do it enough. They didn’t get Colston involved until very late in the game. They just seem out of synch without their head coach. They aren’t the mighty Saints. They’re the Saints on the way down. They just don’t seem dangerous. Mark Ingram might not work out until next season. He just doesn’t get much work
The Newton Section
He had 18 aimed passes (this does not count spikes and throw aways)and completed 14 of them with one being dropped, he went 14-17 on aimed passes not dropped and 18 yards per completion. He was 4-4 on passes of passes traveling 20 or more yards in the air. He also had a rating of 149.6 against the blitz(they blitzed 10 times).
Newton just wasn’t going to let his team fail. He ran for a franchise record 71 yards. It’s easy to dismiss those stats because most quarterbacks who throw the ball like he does just don’t put up a rushing total worth talking about. Newton had the game that an effective running back has in addition to what he did tossing the rock. He didn’t throw an interception. He attacked down the field. The guy simply powered his team to victory. And yes, he Super-Man’d their asses as an exclamation point after calling his own number around the goal-line.
I feel like the Panthers have the most exciting player in the NFL today and in league history under center right now. It’s an honor to get to watch this guy every week. I hear Panthers fans say it over and over, but Newton is really huge as far as getting the crowd going.
Five Plays for the Memory Bank:
1st Quarter, Panthers trailing 7-0
2-8-NO 9 (5:41) D.Brees pass short right intended for D.Thomas INTERCEPTED by C.Godfrey at NO 9. C.Godfrey for 9 yards, TOUCHDOWN. Carolina Panthers at 5:33
1st Quarter, Panthers tied 7-7
1-10-CAR 20 (1:20) (Shotgun) C.Newton right end to NO 40 for 40 yards (R.Harper).
2nd Quarter, Panthers trailing 13-7
3-15-CAR 33 (5:24) (Shotgun) C.Newton pass deep left to S.Smith to NO 32 for 35 yards (P.Robinson).
Fourth Quarter, Panthers leading 28-20
1-10-CAR 20 (12:53) (Shotgun) C.Newton pass deep right to S.Smith to NO 14 for 66 yards (C.White).
Fourth Quarter, Panthers leading 35-27
2-1-NO 29 (:31) D.Brees pass short middle intended for J.Graham INTERCEPTED by J.Beason at NO 43. J.Beason to NO 41 for 2 yards.