Cam keeps Panthers undefeated, makes NFL history

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  • By Jeremy Bergman NFL.com
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All the talk going into Sunday's contest between the undefeated Panthers and the bizarre Giants surrounded the highly-anticipated matchup between Odell Beckham and Josh Norman. However, it was on the other side of the ball where the true fireworks went off. Forget Beckham's brawling; Cam Newton was balling.

Greatness on the Road


Cam Newton


It's too easy for Cam now. Another one of his five-touchdown performances is flying under the radar following Sunday's dramatic, feisty 38-35 win over the Giants. Newton became the first player in NFL history to throw for five touchdowns and over 300 yards while also rushing for 100 yards. If the previous 13 games weren't telling enough, this win showed why Newton was so feared coming out of college -- a dual-threat player who is now as good and smart a runner as he is a passer. The combination spells major trouble for the league.

What clinched his second Greatness on the Road honor of the year was his resilience at the end of the game. After the Giants pulled back from an insurmountable 28-point deficit and Beckham humiliated Norman following his touchdown, Cam nodded -- Okay, I see you -- and got back to work. The future league MVP took the Panthers down the field in just over a minute on an eight-play, 49-yard drive, capped off by a clutch 10-yard keeper for a first down with 30 seconds left. Graham Gano kicked a game-winning, buzzer-beating field goal to keep Carolina's perfect season alive, but all the glory should rightly go to Cam.

Runners up


David Johnson


The Cardinals struck gold when they drafted this Johnson -- he's just as fast as the injured veteran Chris and way more durable. His skill set was on full display during Arizona's massive win over the Eagles. The rookie rushed for a career-high 187 yards and totaled three touchdowns, including one bruising score that featured at least three broken tackles and had Marshawn Lynch handing out ceremonial Skittles.

Marcus Peters


Speaking of rookies... The Chiefs cornerback has solidified himself as a game-breaking takeaway machine, and proved it again on Sunday. Peters picked off two passes during Kansas City's romp over the Ravens, including one game-sealing pick six of Jimmy Clausen. Peters' seven picks are good for second in the league, and the upstart corner is running away with Defensive Rookie of the Year.

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