Miami Dolphins 21-45 Carolina Panthers: Cam Newton throws four TDs
Last Updated: 14/11/17 9:11am
Cam Newton threw four touchdowns as the Carolina Panthers powered past the Miami Dolphins in a 45-21 victory on Monday Night Football.
Newton completed 21 of 35 passes for 254 yards. He also rushed for 95 yards on five carries, including a 69-yard burst in the third quarter. Carolina's 45 points were a season high and their 548 total yards marked a franchise record.
Panthers rookie running back Christian McCaffrey scored on a touchdown run and a reception down near the goal line, while wide receiver Devin Funchess hauled in two TD passes.
Running back Jonathan Stewart also picked up a season-high 110 rushing yards on 17 attempts as Carolina racked up more than 200 rushing yards for the second game in a row, a first-time achievement for the franchise.
Miami, the NFL's lowest-scoring team, couldn't keep pace - quarterback Jay Cutler completed 22 of 37 passes for 213 yards, two touchdowns and one costly interception just before half-time.
Trailing only 10-7 with 47 seconds left in the first half, Cutler was intercepted by linebacker Luke Kuechly, before Newton then connected with tight end Ed Dickson for a seven-yard TD at the 19-second mark.
The Panthers then began to pull away in the third quarter, when Funchess scored on a 28-yard screen pass from Newton, followed by Cameron Artis-Payne's 12-yard touchdown run.
The Dolphins showed a bit of life when Kenyan Drake went 66 yards for a touchdown on a third-down run, but McCaffrey's and Funchess' second scores saw Carolina streak ahead once more.
Miami (4-5) tacked on a touchdown to Jarvis Landry late on, but slipped to a third straight defeat, while Carolina (7-3) keep pace with the New Orleans Saints (7-2) atop the NFC South with a win.
Game's key stats
|Passing||C/A Yds TD Int||Passing||C/A Yds TD Int|
|Jay Cutler||22/37 213 2 1||Cam Newton||21/35 254 4 0|
|Rushing||Att Yds TD||Rushing||Att Yds TD|
|Kenyan Drake||7 82 1||Jonathan Stewart||17 110 0|
|Receiving||Rec Yds TD||Receiving||Rec Yds TD|
|Kenny Stills||5 67 0||Devin Funchess||5 92 2|
|Jarvis Landry||5 42 1||Ed Dickson||3 33 1|
|Julius Thomas||2 8 1||Christian McCaffrey||3 27 1|
|Total net yards||313||Total net yards||548|