Since Nov. 22, Newton has gone 143 of 224 for 1,800 yards, 20 touchdowns and one interception. And while his season finale, which brought the Panthers to 15-1 on the season, wasn't his best game, it was still superb. In a 38-10 win over the Bucs, Newton tied his season-best completion percentage (80.77), threw for almost 300 yards and added a pair of touchdowns (with another two coming on the ground). His passer rating of 139.3 was the second best mark he posted all season. Newton continues to amaze us just like Rodgers did in stretches throughout the last few years and has been without question the most obvious candidate for MVP.
Newton has been a candidate for Player of the Week almost every Wednesday this season. Yet again, he took it home for the fifth time this season.
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Vikings DE Everson Griffen: Griffen dominated Aaron Rodgers' blind side in a 20-13 win over the Packers on Sunday and proved to be the difference maker after a strip-sack on Rodgers that led to a 55-yard touchdown return by Captain Munnerlyn. Griffen had six tackles and two sacks on the night in a game that clinched the division for Minnesota.