Newton's all-around game on display
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Cam Newton continues to mature as a quarterback and the Panthers continue to win.
In one of the most complete days of his five-year career, Newton completed 20 of 31 for 315 yards with two touchdowns to tight end Greg Olsen and ran for a score as Carolina beat its NFC South rival.
"Outstanding," Carolina coach Ron Rivera said of Newton. "He made a lot of good decisions."
Newton's maturation was on display on a third-and-2 play at the Saints 13 with his team up 20-16 in the fourth quarter. He looked over the defense before checking into a different play. Newton then faked the handoff up the middle and rolled left on a quarterback bootleg and scored easily.
Luke McCown, briefly the Bucs' starter in 2007, started for New Orleans in place of the injured Drew Brees and threw for 310 yards. It was the first game Brees has missed because of injury since joining the Saints in 2006.