Cam Newton‘s coronary heart will go on. And it would stay on his sleeve.
The Panthers quarterback promised a extra emotional recreation from his workforce which had been in a flat stretch, and he delivered as they beat the Falcons 20-17 in a recreation which featured him operating for a team-high 86 yards and diving excessive for a landing punctuated by dunking the ball over the airplane on high of Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant.
Along with barking forwards and backwards with coach Ron Rivera over whether or not to go for a late fourth down, it was as a lot hearth as we’ve seen from the 2015 MVP this season.
“This is when you go home that everyone’s talking about football, and you don’t think anybody really knows or they’re talking about everything that doesn’t go right, and never giving credit on what’s going right,” Newton mentioned, through Jourdan Rodrigue of the Charlotte Observer. “But one factor that caught with me is when the Panthers are impbadive, that’s when good issues don’t occur. . . .
“So whether you’ve got to fake it, whatever you’ve got to do, if we can get Bank of America Stadium with a pulse. That’s when we’re at our best.”
If meaning Newton has to hold it extra usually, so be it. Their whole offseason plan (whereas he was recovering from shoulder surgical procedure) concerned him operating much less and throwing shorter pbades, however Newton’s clearly advocating for a extra freewheeling strategy. He mentioned he needed to proceed with out fear for “my body, my ligaments, nothing,” which appeared clear when he tried to Superman over the objective line.
“For our quarterback to sacrifice his body like that, for the greater need of the team, I’d do anything for that quarterback,” tight finish Ed Dickson mentioned. “It says a lot, the characteristics of him and the competitor in him. He can go through somebody, and he can go over somebody. That’s a leader. That’s our quarterback.”
He’s additionally the captain of their ship. And requested about final week’s commerce of his buddy Kelvin Benjamin, Newton supplied a malaprop as memorable as a number of the performs he made.
“Yeah, we just lost a great player but nevertheless, the Titanic still has to go,” Newton mentioned.
Please, for the love of all that’s holy, no person inform him how the film ends. It’s higher this manner, when the Panthers play with out regard to any icebergs which can or is probably not lurking within the distance.