Cam Newton further enhanced his chances to win NFL MVP on Sunday night. Newton used his passing and running in the dying seconds of the game, setting up a 43-yard game-winning field goal for Graham Gano as the Carolina Panthers beat the New York Giants 38-35.
The 14-0 Panthers are now two wins away from an invincible 16-0 season record.
Despite getting knocked out repeatedly, Newton threw five touchdown passes for the third time in the past five games and demonstrated his toughness and willingness to win through adversity. During the course of the game, Cam Newton became the first player in NFL history to register 300+ pass yards, 5+ pass touchdowns and 100+ rushed yards in a single game. Clearly, Newton is rewriting history books.
Such was the toll that Newton’s body took; he walked off the field holding his chest. Newton proved his toughness by coming back to throw a 37-yard touchdown pass to Greg Olsen. During the brutal game, Newton also tweaked his knee in the second half when Ryan Kalil crashed into him. Again, the resilient Cam Newton returned to throw TD passes on his next two possessions.
At one stage, the Panthers had amassed a huge 35-7 lead until a furious comeback from Giants brought the game back to life. But Giants’ comeback effort included a lot of questionable plays, especially from receiver Odell Beckham Jr. According to Panthers cornerback, Josh Norman, Beckham should have been ejected for the shots he took at him at Metlife Stadium.
Josh Norman Is Furious…
Norman slammed Beckham for taking a deliberate shot to him helmet in the second half, calling the Giants receiver a “ballerina.” Norman, furious about what transpired, said after the win: “The guy (Beckahm) ran 15 yards down the field, dead-on collision. The play was all the way to the left side. He came back and was hunting, and it was just like malicious in every way. I hope the league office gets a chance to review the film and see what they can do, because players like that don’t deserve to be in the game.”
According to Norman, Beckham and the Giants played out of character. “You’re going to be Michael Jackson and go around and dancing and playing and a lot of other stuff and not be a football player and not train the way you’re supposed to train. It goes to show. I hope I pulled that mask off. I pulled back the face of what that dude really is. You want to play football, play football. Don’t come out here and do all that extra stuff.”
Will Cam Newton continue his exploits against the Falcons next Sunday?