Cam Newton earns NFC honor for comeback performance
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton named NFC Offensive Player of the Week.
Cam Newton orchestrated a Carolina Panthers comeback against the defending Super Bowl champions last week and is being recognized for his efforts. Despite a slow start with only 68 passing yards through three quarters, Newton finished with a dynamic fourth quarter performance.
Passing for 201 yards and two touchdowns over the Panthers final three possessions, Newton led Carolina out of a 17-point hole and on to a four point victory. Three consecutive touchdowns and a superb defensive effort allowed Newton and the offense time to complete the comeback.
Named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week, Newton finished with 269 yards passing and two touchdowns, completing 64-percent of his passes. An obvious focal point for new offensive coordinator Norv Turner, Newton has been more willing to accept check downs and complete short passes instead of taking chances down the field with long developing routes.
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Newton set multiple records with the win, overcoming the largest fourth-quarter deficit in franchise history, tying the biggest point differential ever and passing Michael Vick for rushing first downs (344) by a quarterback.
The Panthers quarterback also tied Hall of Fame members Terry Bradshaw, Troy Aikman, Bob Griese and Len Dawson for fourth-quarter comeback performances. Number 14 for Newton, the Panthers signal caller has been a catalyst for the Carolina offense since his rookie season (2011).
Newton has been a league MVP, Offensive Player of the Year, was Rookie of the Year and has now earned the Offensive Player of the Week distinction 10 times over his career. Only Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has more weekly awards (14) in the same time period.
An impressive performance, especially in the fourth quarter, Newton deserves the honor and has the potential to earn a few more this season.