Newton went on to complete 23 of 37 passes for 292 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions during a 19-17 loss. He also rushed for 30 yards on five carries. The Panthers have lost five straight games.
Newton was held in check through the first three quarters before breaking out a pair of touchdown passes to march his team back into the game. He found Kelvin Benjamin in the end zone for a 22-yard strike with 9:12 remaining, followed by a 47-yard touchdown pass to Philly Brown with 6:20 remaining.
Newton compiled 292 yards through the air while completing 23 of 37 pass attempts. He finished the game with two touchdowns, two interceptions and an 82.3 passer rating. He also added five carries for 30 yards.
Newton has 12 touchdowns and 10 interceptions on the year. He will look to get back on track Week 13 at Minnesota.
"Hurt is hurt," Newton told the Charlotte Observer. "If you're asking me am I hurt right now? Yeah, I'm hurt. I haven't felt 100 percent in a long time. Is that going to hinder anything or that's been my excuse of why we're on a losing streak? No. ... But can I play? Yes, I can play. And I will be playing. So it's mind over matter. You can't give it energy, and I'm not."
Newton, who underwent ankle surgery in the offseason and sustained crack ribs in the preseason, hasn't exceeded a quarterback rating of 85.4 since Oct. 12. He threw three interceptions and no touchdowns Monday night against Philadelphia before surging in the fourth.
"I'm not sure where all that came from," Rivera told reporters, per NFL.com. "But he's not injured."
Newton committed four turnovers in the 45-21 loss at Philadelphia before throwing two touchdowns in garbage time.
At one point, Newton was seen stretching his groin or hamstring area, "so he might have tweaked a muscle in that region as well," the report said.
Newton, who had offseason surgery on his left ankle, also is battling a thumb issue on his throwing hand, the report added. Still, Newton has not missed practice time since September and is fully expected to start Week 11 against Atlanta.
|Bye: Week 12|
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|14||12/7/14||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|17||12/28/14||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
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