[caption id="attachment_21949" align="aligncenter" width="594"] Streeter Lecka / Getty Images[/caption] Here's a brief week 14 summary for you with everything you need to know:
- The good: New England Patriots.
- The bad: Jacksonville Jaguars, New Orleans special teams unit.
- The ugly: Tampa Bay for losing to Philadelphia.
- Stick a fork in the toaster: Everyone associated with the Arizona Cardinals.
CAM NEWTONQB, Carolina Panthers DOB: 11 May 1989 (23 years old) College: Auburn Height: 6’5 (1.96m) Weight: 111kg NFL Draft: 1st overall pick, 2011 NFL Draft Week 14 stats: vs Atlanta Falcons (won 30-20) - PASS: 23/35, 287 yards, 2 TD, 97.0 RTG. RUSH: 9 car, 116 yards, 1 TD, 12.9 ave Career Stats: PASS: 7,271 yards, 37 TD, 27 INT. RUSH: 230 car, 1,346 yards, 21 TD
Why he won our player of the week (week 14)So the mighty Atlanta Falcons come to town to take on the lowly Panthers. This one's a pushover, right? Well, if you're Cam Newton, that's not quite the case. The sophomore QB put on a clinic against Atlanta in week 14, guiding his team over the line for its fourth win of the season and snapping a five-game losing streak. The Panthers had nothing to gain this game except for a little respect, late in a season that has gone terribly wrong despite preseason Super Bowl predictions. Did they get it? Doubt it. But I'm sure a win felt good. Newton marched his team 77 yards on their first possession of the game, capped off by a nice TD pass to TE Greg Olsen. By the half, the Panthers had outgained Atlanta 270-35 in yardage -- a total domination. The former first-rounder was able to use his arm strength to manpulate the Falcons' secondary and his legs to break out of trouble -- including a couple of third-and-long situations after spinning and breaking what really should have be sacks. Remarkable stuff. Carolina didn't relax in the third quarter, and looked to extend its already healthy lead of 16-0. Four minutes in, the Panthers used their customary read-option play to perfection which would have Chip Kelly frothing at the mouth. Newton gave the fake handoff to RB DeAngelo Williams and immediately ran left, gliding through a beautiful gap thanks to solid O-Line blocks. Scorching down the left sideline, it looked like Newton would be caught by a deep Atlanta CB before the QB cut inbounds and hesitated for a split second, allowing WR Steve Smith to lay the perfect block. Newton cut in, then back out, eventually flipping into the endzone for a 72-yard score. Superman? Watch Cam Newton do what he does best against the Falcons here
FACTS AND FIGURES
- Newton has not thrown an interception in his 10 career win. In 2011, the Panthers were a perfect 6–0 when Cam had no turnovers. They were a perfect 0–10 when he turned the ball over
- Newton holds the NFL record for most passing yards by a rookie: 4,051 (2011), and single-season record for most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback: 14 (2011)
- Cam won the Heisman Trophy in 2010 at Auburn, the first winner of the award to be drafted No.1 overall since Carson Palmer in 2003.
- Newton was the second Panther to win Rookie of the Year honours. Julius Peppers was named Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2002.
What he said
"The only thing I kept thinking was, ‘I just can't get caught, I just can't get caught.'" -- Cam Newton on his 72-yard TD run.