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Cam Newton apologizes after fumble ruins brilliant day

Panthers Newton walks along the sideline after fumbling the ball in their NFL football game against the Falcons in Atlanta Reuters

By any tangible standard, Cam Newton was outstanding Sunday, but he was still apologizing after the fact.

The Panthers decision to punt the ball away to the Falcons on fourth-and-1 in Falcons territory with the lead in the final minute was created by the fact his apparent first down came back after a fumble which was recovered by a teammate short of a first down.

That overshadowed a day when he combined for over 300 yards and three touchdowns, bouncing back from his worst day as a pro passer last week against the Giants with one of his statistical best.  

In this league, you have to protect the football,” Newton said, via Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer. “That was a key focus going into this game. I fumbled. It’s a lot of guys that’s trusting the ball carrier, whoever it is in any case, and I was the ball carrier on that particular play to get the job done. I failed.”

That’s Newton taking the fall for a defense that couldn’t protect a lead even though the punt put the Falcons at their own 1 with no timeouts and less than a minute to play.

A week ago, he was ripped by wide receiver Steve Smith for sulking after he was pulled from the late stages of the Giants loss, but there was no fault in the way Newton played Sunday.

The person who should have apologized, and did, was safety Haruki Nakamura, who allowed the 59-yard pass from Matt Ryan to Roddy White which set up Matt Bryant’s game-winning field goal.

I basically cost us the football game. It’s hard on me because I’m supposed to come in and be a difference-maker,” Nakamura said. “And when you cost the team a football game, especially for how hard we played, its hard to deal with. This team deserves better. Especially giving up stupid plays like I did. Unfortunately, I cost us the game.”

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14 Responses to “Cam Newton apologizes after fumble ruins brilliant day”
  1. lunt101 says: Oct 1, 2012 8:09 AM

    Huge Cam supporter… But let’s be honest here… If he doesn’t fumble, the defense doesn’t even have a chance to blow it. Game, set, match. Cam’s apology is more than justified.

  2. gochargersgo says: Oct 1, 2012 8:23 AM

    Defense still has a job too. Stopping a team from going 70 or so yards in less than a minute with no timeouts shouldnt be too much to ask for.

  3. blacknole08 says: Oct 1, 2012 9:15 AM

    Apology accepted. Yea, we had a win in our grasp, but we also had the Falcons pinned at their own 1-yard line with about 90 seconds to go, and we blew it!

    This was a team loss. It’s frustrating to lose a game like that, but that’s the NFL. You play 60 minutes for a reason.

  4. tres79 says: Oct 1, 2012 9:29 AM

    Cam needs to quit apologizing, and forget about the last game it’s starting to affect his confidence.

  5. erictheclown says: Oct 1, 2012 9:38 AM

    Cam is Vick2.0.

    No, not what you are thinking.

    Every monday the excuses start.
    He is the reason they lose games!

  6. pandaaa69 says: Oct 1, 2012 9:55 AM

    we can all start laughing at Cam and The Panthers so much for a super bowl, he’s overrated, arrogant its funny to see him on the bench with a towel over his head, he gives up to easily

  7. nfloracle says: Oct 1, 2012 11:16 AM

    Well, I’ve been ragging on Cam all season but I have to admit he looked and acted slightly more mature in yesterday’s game, so maybe he’s slowly coming to the realization that he can best achieve his dreams by leading a TEAM rather than gaining individual records for ME.

    The Panthers almost beat a very good Atlanta team yesterday, so there may yet be a chance for them to salvage the season, but they need to get everything clicking in the next few games to even have a prayer for a wild card.

  8. rogerbrad says: Oct 1, 2012 11:25 AM

    In Cam’s first year in the NFL, wearing his towel on his head and pouting, I said, ‘OK, he;’s a rookie, he’ll grow up.

    Well here we are in his second year and he’s pouting worse. I’m glad a hell he isn’t my whining, cry-baby, pouting quarterback…

  9. finsphan says: Oct 1, 2012 12:09 PM

    just another game lost because of cams turnovers, but everyone will still keep acting like your the greatest qb in the nfl, but hey, you got to do your superman celebration right, that’s all that matters to cam anyway. overrated

  10. denverdude7 says: Oct 1, 2012 1:20 PM

    Cam let’s his emotions get the best of him.

    If he makes a good play we get the Superman thing. If he makes a poor play we get the Supersulk thing.

    Maybe just handing the ball to the referee and then celebrating on the sidelines would be a good idea right about now.

  11. keeppounding says: Oct 1, 2012 1:28 PM

    rogerbrad says:
    Oct 1, 2012 11:25 AM
    In Cam’s first year in the NFL, wearing his towel on his head and pouting, I said, ‘OK, he;’s a rookie, he’ll grow up.

    Well here we are in his second year and he’s pouting worse. I’m glad a hell he isn’t my whining, cry-baby, pouting quarterback…

    ——————————————————————————-

    You and people like you. Who are you kidding? You’d love to have Cam as your quarterback. Anyone who wouldn’t want cam over the long haul is a fool.

  12. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Oct 1, 2012 1:39 PM

    If you’re going to pretend to be Super Man, then you have to get that yard, hold on to the ball and get your team the win.

    Nakamura is not an NFL safety. Come on panthers.

  13. jkaflagg says: Oct 1, 2012 1:47 PM

    Falcon fan here….extremely impressed with Cam yesterday, there’s gonna be some monster Falcon-Panther battles in the NFC South for years to come and he will win his share of them…..

    ….But until he does win at least one, perhaps he can lose the silly dancing in the end zone…..perhaps he thinks he’s firing up his teammates, but what really impresses people is when you can walk off the field and point at the scoreboard…..let’s leave the dancing to Bristol Palin for now….

  14. raidadon says: Oct 1, 2012 5:52 PM

    Hello Kitty Cam!

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