Cam Newton’s Panthers return spoiled by Washington football team
CHARLOTTE, NC – Taylor Heinicke had 206 yards and three touchdowns against the league’s best pass defense, and Washington spoiled Cam Newton’s return to Bank of America Stadium with a 27-21 victory over the Panthers in the Caroline Sunday.
Terry McLaurin had five catches for 103 yards and one touchdown against a Panthers defense that allowed 173.3 passing yards per game.
Newton, making his first start since signing a one-year contract to return with the Panthers, threw for 189 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 24 yards. But Newton’s last two potential practices ended when the Panthers turned the ball on the downs. Daron Payne and James Smith-Williams sacked Newton with 1:11 to go to seal the game for Washington (4-6) and Ron Rivera, former Panthers coach in his first game in Carolina.
Christian McCaffrey combined for 119 scrum yards and a touchdown for the Panthers (5-6).
After Newton connected on a 27-yard touchdown pass to McCaffrey to tie the game at 21 halfway through the fourth quarter, Heinicke led Washington into Carolina territory behind a 4th and 2nd goal against John Bates. This allowed former Panther Joey Slye to score the 36-yard kickoff with 4:13 left in the game.
After a hold penalty on Panthers right tackle Taylor Moton to start the next practice, Newton’s fourth and third finish at McCaffrey was just short, giving the ball to Washington. The Carolina defense held on, forcing another short field goal from Slye and giving Newton another shot with 1:50 to go.
The Panthers reached midfield before the pocket quickly collapsed around Newton at points four and three, and he descended without releasing the ball as the Washington players erupted in a celebration around the midfield logo of the Panthers.
Newton has now lost nine straight starts with the Panthers dating back to the 2018 season.
Newton lived through the hype surrounding his return to Bank of America Stadium early by leading the Panthers on a 75-game touchdown in the game’s first possession and throwing a 10-yard touchdown at DJ Moore after faking a QB draw. to attract linebackers and free Moore on the slant route.
In the second quarter, Newton scored on a play option goalkeeper and celebrated the score by running to midfield, kicking the ball and doing his Superman impersonation by pretending to rip his shirt off.
But Heinicke, who spent the 2018 season with Carolina, refused to be eclipsed, matching Newton’s heroism in the first half with a pair of touchdowns to Cam Mims and McLaurin to make it a 14-game. -14 at the break. He also threw a touchdown pass to DeAndre Carter in the second half.
Washington running back Antonio Gibson was benched late in the first quarter after fumbling in the red zone but came back to finish with 95 yards on 19 carries. Washington ran for 190 meters.
Washington: C Tyler Larsen (knee) and RT Sam Cosmi (hip) left the game in the first half with injuries and did not return. â¦ WR Curtis Samuel (groin) was again declared inactive.
Panthers: Lt. Dennis Daley (butt) left in the first quarter and did not return. â¦ CB Donte Jackson started in the third quarter with a leg injury. â¦ RG John Miller has returned to the starting lineup after missing the last three games with an ankle injury.
Washington: hosts Seattle on Monday, October 29.
Panthers: in Miami on Sunday.