Newton shakes off injury to deal Redskins playoff setback
Cam Newton shrugged off an injury to his throwing shoulder to lead the Carolina Panthers to an upset 26-15 win over the Washington Redskins in the NFL.
Carolina fans held their breath in suspense in the first quarter when Newton took a hit to his shoulder and slowly walked to the sidelines.
But he would not be stopped, returning for the next play and finishing the game with 300 yards and two touchdowns.
Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins re-broke his own franchise passing record by throwing for 315 yards in the loss, surpassing last season's total of 4,166 yards.
It was clear early in this game that the Panthers were going to punish the Redskins on the ground.
Jonathan Stewart had 132 yards on 25 carries, gaining chunk yards throughout much of the game.
Redskins tight end Jordan Reed, who was clearly hindered by a shoulder injury of his own, was ejected in the third quarter when he punched Panthers cornerback Kurt Coleman following an altercation.
GINN HEATING UP
Ted Ginn Jr. continued his end-of-the-season success by hauling in four receptions for 64 yards and a touchdown. After failing to score a touchdown during the team's first nine games of the season, Ginn has now found the end zone in four of the last five contests.
Newton is 20-5 (.800) in December/January starts in his last six seasons.
NEWTON GETS LAST LAUGH ON NORMAN
"I think I tried him a couple times, and we're going to have a couple discussions on text message so it'll be fun," said Newton of his meeting with former team-mate Josh Norman, adding a jab for the latter's late missed interception. "I told him I was going to challenge him and that was his play to make."
NO ROSY OUTLOOK FOR 'SKINS
With the loss, Washington are now a brutal 1-16 at home in 'Monday Night Football' games since 1996, the worst record in such games in the NFL. The Redskins had just moved into the final wildcard spot in the NFC following the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' loss Sunday to the Dallas Cowboys, but they could not take advantage of a team with nothing left to play for.
Now at 7-6-1, they are in third place in the NFC East and behind the Bucs (8-6) and Green Bay Packers (8-6) for the final NFC wildcard spot with two weeks to play.