After playing sluggishly in most of Thursday’s 28-23 loss to Philadelphia on a nationally televised Thursday night NFL game, Cam Newton had the Panthers driving for a potential game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Moving into Eagles territory, the Panthers called a succession of long passes, and Newton was pressured on each. Then, he tossed his third interception of the game, bringing to an abrupt halt a streak of performances on the road at New England and at Detroit that, at least temporarily, inserted Newton into the 2017 NFL MVP race.
And then, it was over -- almost.
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Newton and the Panthers (4-2) got another chance, but Newton missed a pass to Christian McCaffrey on fourth and 1 near midfield. On third down and 1, the Panthers passed as CBS announcer Tony Romo was begging for a run. Newton’s pass was deflected.
Social media, suffice to say, was not happy.
Panthers run game goes bye-bye
Remember when the Panthers had a running game?
It was hard to find in last week’s resplendent win at Detroit, and it was almost non-existent during Thursday.
Cam’s big scoring run
Newton had a highlight run in the first half for a score that got Twitter talking.
Newton later had perhaps an even more impressive run, where he appeared to score while leaping over two Eagles defenders. After a replay, the officials’ call -- which placed the ball at the 1 -- was upheld. Newton hit Christian McCaffrey with a 1-yard scoring pass on the next play.
Eagles’ fans have issues with officiating
Despite the fact that their team was leading, Philadelphia fans, or at least some of them, had big issues with the game officials Thursday night in Charlotte (even after Newton’s clear touchdown run above was called back). This tweet was indicative.
Kuechly’s injury that could change the season
In the second quarter, Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly left the field after an injury. CBS reported he was being evaluated for a concussion, which would be his third.
Kuechly appeared to be hit in the head and neck area late in the second quarter.
Fans immediately thought of the two concussions he suffered that shortened his 2016 season.
Even some Eagles’ fans, appreciating the talent of Carolina’s linebacker, were hoping he was OK.
Prior to the play, Kuechly was having a monster game and certainly getting the attention CBS color man Tony Romo, the former Dallas Cowboy quarterback.