That explains Carolina’s 23-0 halftime lead.
Newton screamed “I’m baaaack!” after his 2-yard touchdown run on the first play in his return to Carolina. He threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Robby Anderson on his second play.
Newton has played a handful of plays for the Panthers after signing a one-year deal Thursday. The Panthers made Newton the first overall choice in 2011, and he won league MVP honors in 2015 when he led the Panthers to the Super Bowl.
The Panthers, though, released Newton following the 2019 season after he had struggled for with shoulder and foot injuries for several years. They re-signed him after Sam Darnold went on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.
The Cardinals have only 62 yards.