CHARLOTTE – Cam Newton strolled to the center of the huddle, the suitable facet of his silver uniform pants stained with streaks of grbad.

He was about to bleed the clock dry within the last offensive possession of the sport. Again, the quarterback nicknamed Superman needed to do all of it for the Carolina Panthers to win.

The Panthers withstood a late cost from the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, 20-17, to maintain tempo within the NFC South. Elsewhere, the division-leading New Orleans Saints demolished the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Buccaneers to retain their slim grip of first place. The Panthers, although, aren’t far behind at 6-Three.

Though the Panthers tried to change their offense over the offseason to restrict the quantity of carries and hits Newton receives, the franchise quarterback continues to be Carolina’s most harmful dashing possibility. Newton ran the ball 9 occasions for a team-high 86 yards, and scored the go-ahead landing within the last seconds of the primary half.

He additionally accomplished 13 of 24 pbades for 137 yards.

This was the primary recreation Carolina performed because it traded away No. 1 receiver Kelvin Benjamin to the Buffalo Bills. As Newton’s manufacturing within the pbading recreation confirmed, making up for Benjamin goes to take a while.

An already tough season for Jonathan Stewart continued, because the veteran working again misplaced two fumbles in a three-touch stretch within the first quarter. After that, rookie Christian McCaffrey took the lead within the backfield, flashing velocity and lateral quickness.

McCaffrey posted a career-high 66 yards on 15 carries and added a Four-yard landing on a triple possibility pitch. Stewart had 21 yards on 11 carries.

The Atlanta offense continued to battle within the first season beneath new coordinator Steve Sarkisian. No play was extra emblematic of the Falcon struggles than a uncommon drop by receiver Julio Jones.

On a fourth-and-7 in the midst of the fourth quarter from the Carolina 39-yard line, quarterback Matt Ryan bounced round within the pocket lengthy sufficient for Jones to interrupt free into the tip zone with no Panther defender inside 10 yards of him. Ryan lofted a exact cross that Jones tried to cradle over his shoulder. The vast receiver bobbled the ball, and it squirted out of his attain incomplete.

According to ESPN, that was the primary drop Jones has had ultimately zone since 2012.

Ryan accomplished 24 of 38 pbades for 313 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

The Panthers host the Miami Dolphins subsequent Monday evening, and the Falcons will attempt to regroup in a pivotal matchup in opposition to the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

Follow Lorenzo Reyes on Twitter @LorenzoGReyes.

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