Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton didn’t play his best game in Sunday’s 17-3 win over Tampa Bay Sunday in Florida, but when the Panthers needed him most, Newton came up with big plays.
On a 2nd and 1 in the fourth quarter, Newton took off on a big option run to get inside the Tampa Bay 20. Then on third and 16, Newton lofted a pretty pass to Kelvin Benjamin for a touchdown pass that sealed the game. It also ended Carolina’s nasty two-game win streak.
First the plays.
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Now the reaction, on Newton, the Panthers’ stellar defense and winning again.
This Panthers defense with Luke and without Luke shows his top MLB in the league status.— Cody. (@The_SpacePope) October 29, 2017
Stewart’s big dive highlights early play
After not scoring a touchdown in a terrible offensive performance in Chicago last week, the Panthers went on a season-best 17-play drive in the first quarter against Tampa Bay and Jonathan Stewart went all Superman on a third down play from the 1.
Several fans commented how Stewart’s diving play was the first rushing touchdown by a Panthers running back all season -- in Carolina’s eighth game.
Panthers got their 1st rushing TD from a RB in their 8th game. Having 4 wins is impressive with that stat!— dean smith (@deansmith729) October 29, 2017
Was Panthers-Bucs Must-Bore TV?
For large swaths of the game, Panthers-Bucs wasn’t exactly must-see TV: full of flags, punts and not much scoring. Twitter noticed.
Panthers are winning, but this game is beyond boring. Better than the alternative, but not exactly must-see TV.— Kyle Bailey (@KyleBaileyWFNZ) October 29, 2017
As a Panthers fan, Im even able to realize this game is just...pathetic. Its painful tune into. Hell highschool games are more entertaining— Andy (@Andy_Hayes1799) October 29, 2017
Peppers big moment, solid games
Carolina’s defense was again quite good and Carolina defensive lineman Julius Peppers, at age 37, continues to prove age ain’t nothing but a number.
Peppers’ first half sack sent him further up the NFL all-time lists and earned him some well-deserved accolades on social media.
Julius Peppers has 7.5 sacks in 2017. He has produced fewer than seven sacks just once in his 16 NFL seasons.— Panthers PR Dept. (@PanthersPR) October 29, 2017
And if you needed a reminder of how great an athlete, Peppers really is, check him out from his UNC basketball days.