Cam Newton: NFL asks for explanation over Carolina Panthers treatment

Cam Newton: NFL asks for explanation over Carolina Panthers treatment

"We nearly let them back in the game, but here I am standing as victor". Following an 11-5 season and trip to the playoffs, the Panthers offense underwent an evolution of sorts throughout the season.

He often takes on as much as he can, but it's a delicate balance, and he'll nearly surely need more from his supporting cast to beat the Saints in the Superdome.

After Carolina cut the lead to 7-3, Brees completed 7-of-7 passes for 77 yards on a 75-yard drive (the Saints were penalized 10 yards for holding) that he capped with a 9-yard touchdown pass to tight end Josh Hill.

"It wasn't my head", Newton said. I hate that I couldn't do enough to get a win today for a lot of guys that I think so highly of.

Panther nation will bemoan and wonder what would have been if not for an intentional grounding call on Newton that took cost Carolina precious yards and seconds in the final minute, but not Newton. Tom Brady is the most accomplished quarterback ever, but I guarantee at 40 he's not making that throw. "But again, I'm not the doctor", Rivera said.

"That was huge", Brees said. This raises the question of when the National Football League will get serious about enforcing the spirit of the rules instead of just padding them out with details when they're not followed.

Thomas caught eight passes for 131 yards on a day when the Saints needed the passing game to compensate for a ground game that struggled to get going.

A heck of a play that allowed the Saints to defeat the Panthers for the third time this season, marching on to the NFC Divisional Playoff Game. "We knew what we had to do and it was on the receivers".

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Leber, who had five tackles in the epic defeat, wouldn't identify those who sent the messages except to say they were "prominent players" from the 2009 Super-Bowl winning team who had been invited to watch Sunday's victory over the Panthers at the Superdome. Graham Gano's 29-yarder cut the Saints lead to 21-12. "A little fazed? He definitely wasn't unfazed", Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan said - it didn't matter. Jordan said at the time. Adam Thielen led the team with 91 catches for 1,276 yards along with 4 touchdowns, while Stefon Diggs and Kyle Rudolph each added 8 touchdowns. While that procedure ultimately didn't cost him any action this term, it put Newton behind the curb to kick off the campaign, when he finished with 3,302 passing yards, 22 touchdowns and 16 interceptions, and rushed for 754 yards and six more scores.

The Panthers have held the Saints' rushing attack in check in the first half (seven carries, 14 yards), something that really plagued Carolina in both regular-season meetings with the Saints. Newton initially escaped the tackle, but that opened the door for defensive tackle David Onyemata to finish him off with force. Newton walked slowly off the field and went back down on the ground in what in what Rivera said was an attempt to give backup Derek Anderson some extra warm-up throws.

At first, the Panthers QB would leave the game.

The NFL said it is looking into the incident.

Newton dropped to the floor as he left the pitch for treatment, and the league wants assurances that concussion protocols were followed correctly.

The Saints lost starting left guard Andrus Peat to injury early in the second quarter.

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