Newton stars as Panthers beat Dolphins


Carolina scored four touchdowns in four possessions in the second half, which including a 66-yard run by Cam Newton that directly led to points.

Carolina set a franchise record with 548 yards from scrimmage. Quarterback Jay Cutler was looking to get the Miami offense points, but ended up making a bad decision looking for Julius Thomas and instead finding Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly.

Cam Newton took it as a challenge when the Carolina Panthers defense vaulted to the league's No. 1 ranking.

In the past three weeks, the Dolphins lost to the Baltimore Ravens (40-0) on Thursday Night Football, the Oakland Raiders (27-24) on Sunday Night Football and to the Panthers on Monday by 24 points.

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Newton passes Dan Marino for the third-most total yards (passing and rushing) in a quarterback's first seven seasons. He threw for two touchdowns, including a 9-yard strike to Jarvis Landry with 4:05 to play. The Panthers cashed in with running back Cameron Artis-Payne's 12-yard touchdown run.

Newtown connected with Devin Funchess for a pair of scores, while adding a touchdown pass to Ed Dickson and Christian McCaffrey.

Leading10-7 with less than a minute left in the first half, Carolina punted to Miami after its drive stalled.

The Panthers led 17-7 at halftime, in part because of a Dolphins gaffe late in the half.

McCaffrey helped build the lead to 10-0 with a nifty move on a 4-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to cap a 12-play, 85-yard drive that consumed nearly 6 1/2 minutes.