"What I feel confident of is, in time, something will happen," general manager Dave Gettleman told the Charlotte Observer. "He’s our franchise quarterback. I want him here."
Newton, who was the No. 1 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, is 30-31-1 in four seasons. He has led Carolina to two straight playoff appearances.
Newton completed 23 of 36 passes for 246 yards and both scores. He was able to pull off some big plays during the contest, averaging 6.8 yards per completion. The Seattle defense did manage to put pressure on Newton quite a bit. While he was only sacked twice, Newton wound up picking up 11 rushing attempts. Some of those were designed runs, while other were a result of Newton running away from pressure. He gained 37 yards on the ground.
With the Panthers down two scores in the fourth quarter, Newton threw a back-breaking interception that basically sealed the game for the Seahawks. Newton led a strong drive, but had to rush his throw after the Seahawks defense put pressure on him. Kam Chancellor read the play well, and wound up with a 90 yard touchdown. Newton would throw a touchdown on the team's next drive, but the game was already out of hand.
With Carolina up 14-13, Newton threw a screen pass to running back Fozzy Whittaker, who then cut back across the field and scampered for a 39-yard touchdown. Then, after Arizona fumbled the kickoff, Newton dumped off a pass to running back Mike Tolbert for a 1-yard touchdown.
Newton also had seven carries for 35 yards and a fumble lost in the victory. Carolina will wait until Sunday to find out if they will travel to Seattle or Green Bay for the divisional round of the playoffs.
Newton found Ed Dickson for a 5-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter and broke free for a 4-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. It was his 33rd career rushing touchdown, tying John Elway, Otto Graham and Y.A. Tittle for 10th-most all time by a quarterback in league history.
Newton compiled 114 passing yards while completing 10 of 16 passes. He added one touchdown and no interceptions. He rushed for 51 yards and a score on six carries.
Newton had two rushing touchdowns through his first 11 games. He now has one in each of his last three games played. He finishes the regular season with 3,127 yards with 18 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
The Panthers will advance to the first round of the playoffs next week against Arizona.
Newton, who came off two small fractures in his back sustained in a car accident, completed 18 of 31 for 201 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He also rushed for 63 yards and another score on 12 attempts.
Newton and the Panthers will travel to Atlanta to face the Falcons for the NFC South title. Carolina is currently a 3 1/2-point underdog in Week 17.
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