5 best individual performances in Carolina Panthers history

(Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports) Cam Newton
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(Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports) Cam Newton /

Cam Newton – Former Carolina Panthers QB

  • vs. New England Patriots – 2013 and 2017

It’s almost impossible to choose Cam Newton‘s best individual performance in a Carolina Panthers uniform, so we’re cheating a little bit here.

The top pick in the 2011 NFL draft, Newton began his career with back-to-back 400-yard games. Like Julius Peppers, he quickly put the league on notice and affirmed the Panthers made the correct selection with the former Auburn sensation.

Two seasons later, the signal-caller would be in the midst of a Pro Bowl season and led the Panthers to their first winning season since 2008.

In Week 10 of that season, Newton and company played host to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football.

With all the pressure on the young Panthers to get a “prove-it” win at home, Newton once again put the league on notice by completing 68 percent of his passes for 209 yards and three touchdowns.

The young quarterback proved once again that he could win big games as a passer. But he also gained 62 yards on the ground, including a memorable scramble where he made several Patriots defenders look silly.

Newton had an even better game statistically four years later against New England in Foxborough, who at that time were the defending Super Bowl champions.

On a Sunday afternoon in Week 4, he completed 76 percent of his passes for 316 yards, four total touchdowns, and one interception. The Panthers got the win 33-30 and with one rushing score, Newton broke the record for most career rushing touchdowns by a quarterback.