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Cam Newton Somersaults Panthers To Victory Over Texans

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Quarterback Cam Newton led Carolina Panthers to a 24-17 home win over the Houston Texans yesterday.

The fifth-year Panthers starter threw for 195 yards and two touchdowns. On the ground he rushed for another 76 and produced highlight-reel, somersaulting score.

"My heart was in my socks," Newton said. "As I was flipping I was like, 'Hey, I don't know how this is gonna end.' And then I'm coming down I said, 'Hey, I can stick this.' I didn't stick it, but I think I still got a good high rating by the judge."

Yesterday marked the 25th time Newton passed and rushed for a touchdown.

Head Coach Ron Rivera says the Panthers' defense was strong, too, and a victory feels good.

"In this league, when you win, it's a big deal. It really is. It doesn't matter how or when or where," Rivera said. "To me, the big thing, most of all of anything else, we came through this, we fought through this and we made something happen."

The Panthers are unbeaten and atop the NFC South. Carolina welcomes division foe New Orleans to town next week.

Jeff Tiberii is the co-host of WUNC's "Due South." Jeff joined WUNC in 2011. During his 20 years in public radio, he was Morning Edition Host at WFDD and WUNC’s Greensboro Bureau Chief and later, the Capitol Bureau Chief. Jeff has covered state and federal politics, produced the radio documentary “Right Turn,” launched a podcast, and was named North Carolina Radio Reporter of the Year four times.
Rebecca Martinez produces podcasts at WUNC. She’s been at the station since 2013, when she produced Morning Edition and reported for newscasts and radio features. Rebecca also serves on WUNC’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA) Committee.
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