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Cam Newton shows he can “get it done” late in games

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Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is always going to fight the battle of perception vs. reality with some, because people are hesitant to change strong opinions voiced in the past.

But his teammates saw a different player yesterday, as he closed out the Saints with an impressive last-minute drive to clinch a playoff berth for the Panthers.

“He just said, ‘Let’s get it done,’ ” Panthers offensive tackle Jordan Gross said, via Scott Fowler of the Charlotte Observer. “He went into his focus mode. He wasn’t the jovial self that he can sometimes be.”

What he was, was spotless, at a time when he had to be.

Newton hadn’t played well throughout the day, though the combination of torrential rain and the absence of Steve Smith mitigated that a bit (Drew Brees wasn’t very sharp either).

But with 55 seconds remaining, down three, with no timeouts, and at his own 35, he moved the Panthers quickly into position for the game-winning touchdown pass to Domenik Hixon.

The Panthers and Newton have a lot of work to do. They didn’t convert a third down the entire game, and could struggle against playoff defenses if Smith is out any length of time.

But they’ve got a quarterback who is showing he can be clutch too. We already knew he was talented, but adding the ability to win like yesterday to his arsenal will make him even more dangerous, and could make the Panthers contenders for years to come.

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10 Responses to “Cam Newton shows he can “get it done” late in games”
  1. bucrightoff says: Dec 23, 2013 11:08 AM

    Umm, in case you don’t ever watch, Cam Newton’s accuracy between 5 and 15 yards is pretty much the worst in the NFL. Never seen a guy just completely overthrow (by at least 5 yards) guys at such a short distance. Fantastic defense Carolina has, but if you get to 21 points against them they’re finished. Offense is very poor.

  2. pilot2011 says: Dec 23, 2013 11:18 AM

    Pretty sure that poor offense beat the Bucs twice this year.

  3. bucrightoff says: Dec 23, 2013 11:40 AM

    Yes because the Bucs are a horrible team. Why don’t you tell me the Panthers record when teams score 21 or more (the answer is 3-0). So yeah, its pretty much right there for you. 21 points against your team = Panthers loss. Better hope that defense remains at a high level, cause even a slight dip is season over.

  4. qdog112 says: Dec 23, 2013 11:51 AM

    “Umm, in case you don’t ever watch, Cam Newton’s accuracy between 5 and 15 yards is pretty much the worst in the NFL. ” bucrightoff (loser)

    Umm, in case you have no idea what you’re talking about … just make it up. There are always idiots who will buy it. Cam Newton has his team 11-4 and tops in the NFC South. But it defeats your narrative to give him the credit he is due.

    BTW, he didn’t overthrow Hixon on the winning TD pass. You can check, but I believe that pass was within the 5-15 yard range.

  5. True Talker says: Dec 23, 2013 12:16 PM

    bucrightoff says:
    Dec 23, 2013 11:40 AM
    Yes because the Bucs are a horrible team. Why don’t you tell me the Panthers record when teams score 21 or more (the answer is 3-0). So yeah, its pretty much right there for you. 21 points against your team = Panthers loss. Better hope that defense remains at a high level, cause even a slight dip is season over.

    Ummmm…. 3-0 sounds like a pretty good record there haus. If you’re gonna troll the Panthers at least do a little proof reading. You look like a spoiled child in your rants. By the way you’re a racist.

  6. doctorlb says: Dec 23, 2013 12:28 PM

    bucrightoff :
    Cam and the Panthers are 10-1 in last 11 games, 11-4 overall. That means they scored more points than the opposing team 11 of 15 times so far.
    I figured you needed to go back to Football 101, since you don’t seem to understand the basics.

  7. doctorlb says: Dec 23, 2013 12:37 PM

    BTW – Cam has averaged about 8 yds/pass against the Bucs this year, with the longest only being 36 yds. That means he probably hits a lot of 5-15 yarders.

  8. thegreatgabbert says: Dec 23, 2013 1:01 PM

    Superman is just drafting in behind Luke Kuechly, who is the engine that drives that train.

  9. djshnooks says: Dec 23, 2013 1:30 PM

    Not against the Bills, he couldn’t! Lol.

  10. relaximapro says: Dec 24, 2013 11:05 AM

    The Panthers had the lead against the Bills the last time Cam saw the field. Only reason the Bills won that game is because half the damn defense got injured and didn’t return to the game. There were a lot of miscommunications and defensive breakdowns that allowed the Bills offense to move at will at times, including that final drive where they allowed receivers out of bounds constantly to stop the clock and the go-ahead touchdown.

    Josh Norman, who hasn’t suited up since that Bills game, was the CB who had the blown coverage at the end and left Stevie Johnson wide open in the endzone for the TD catch. Lol, you really think what is arguably the best defense in the league would have that kind of performance against a rookie EJ Manuel in his second start under normal circumstances?

    Lol I’m sure the Panthers would jump at the chance of a rematch against the Bills to get that win they should’ve gotten the first time around.

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