Newton leader in a disciplined win
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Cam Newton and the Panthers appear to have found their stride. The Rams' season is suddenly in a state of flux after a knee injury to QB Sam Bradford (see Around the league, this page).
Newton turned in his second straight quality start, completing 15 of 17 passes for 204 yards and a touchdown as Carolina won a heated game that included several fights and personal fouls.
In the past two games, Newton has four touchdowns, no interceptions and two wins. "I feel like I am progressing," the QB said.
St. Louis was flagged for five personal foul penalties. Panthers safety Mike Mitchell had eight tackles and two forced fumbles, and goaded the Rams into unnecessary roughness penalties.
"We wanted to do a better job of being more mature, being the more composed team," Mitchell said. "We had the game in hand, and we could tell by the way they were playing that they wanted to … try to get us a penalty."