The Panthers have the lead back, and Cam Newton has more records.
They went up 14-7 on the Broncos in the second quarter when Newton ran for a 2-yard touchdown.
It marked the 32nd game of his career with a rushing and passing touchdown in the same game, breaking the record of 31 previously held by Steve Young.
Young played in 169 NFL games, to Newton’s 79.
It was also Newton’s 44th total rushing touchdown, again eclipsing Young’s 43 as the most since the 1970 merger.
The most impressive part of the drive might have been the way it chewed up most of the second quarter, an 18-play, 89-yard march that occupied 9:15 of game clock. The Panthers are willing to play a physical style with the Broncos, who have played well enough despite a pair of scoring opportunities that ended in turnovers.