"I just know that my heart was in my socks," Newton said after the contest, via ESPN.com. "When I was flipping, I was like, 'Hey, I don't know how this is going to end.' And then I'm coming down I was, 'I can stick this.' I didn't stick it. I've still got to get a high rating by the judge."
The game wasn't Newton's prettiest. He finished 18-of-37 passing for just 195 yards, two touchdown passes and an interception. But added 76 yards and the touchdown fly, which will earn points with his teammates.
"Yeah, I told him the Russian judge gave him a 3, but everybody else gave him a 10,'" tight end Greg Olsen said. "I guarantee the first thing he thought when he fell was he wished he'd stuck that landing, but that was pretty impressive."