Newton harassed but hangs tough
LOS ANGELES — Cam Newton persevered through five sacks to pass for 225 yards and a touchdown, and the Panthers defense shut down the Rams.
Greg Olsen caught a touchdown in the first half and Graham Gano added two fourth-quarter field goals for Carolina, which won its second straight after a four-game skid. Newton's offense managed just 244 yards against Los Angeles' vaunted defense, but the Panthers nearly shut out the Rams.
Case Keenum passed for 296 yards for Los Angeles, which has lost four straight after a strong start to its homecoming season. Its scoreless streak reached 102 minutes, 12 seconds before Greg Zuerlein's 25-yard field goal with 8:01 left.
Kenny Britt made a 10-yard touchdown catch with 34 seconds left, but Zuerlein curiously quick-kicked the kickoff far down the field, essentially ending the game.
Newton took his share of big hits again after his complaints about the NFL's commitment to player safety dominated headlines last week. The quarterback spoke with commissioner Roger Goodell to voice his worries.