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Cam Newton's 3 TD passes help Panthers beat Lions 27-24

DETROIT (AP) Cam Newton wore a black hat with a white button on the left side to honor Rosie the Riveter before and after showing he was very focused on football.

The embattled quarterback threw three touchdowns through three quarters, helping the Carolina Panthers build a lead big enough to hold off the Detroit Lions for a 27-24 win Sunday.

Newton came under fire for making sexist comments to a female reporter this week. He apologized after losing an endorsement deal and getting criticized by the NFL.

The 2015 NFL MVP said he put Rosie the Riveter, flexing her right arm, on his hat after doing homework to learn her iconic impact on World War II.

''I just wanted to have a little notion, a shout out, to all the strong women,'' Newton said.

He was 26 of 33 for a season-high 335 yards. On perhaps the game's key play, he converted a third-and-9 from the Carolina 24 with a sharp, 17-yard pass to Kelvin Benjamin with 2:00 left while clinging to a three-point lead against a team out of timeouts.

Newton threw a 6-yard TD pass to rookie Christian McCaffrey to pull the Panthers into a 10-10 tie early in the second quarter and a 10-yard pass to Devin Funchess for a tiebreaking score with 48 seconds left in the first half. With a perfectly lofted 31-yard pass to Benjamin, Newton put Carolina up 24-10 early in the third.

''He did a real nice job under some unfortunate circumstances,'' Carolina coach Ron Rivera said.

The Panthers (4-1) scored 24 straight points after trailing the Lions 10-3 early in the second quarter. Detroit rallied, but could not stop Newton on his last drive to get the ball back.

Detroit (3-2) struggled to move the ball in the air and on the ground until late in the game.

PIVOTAL POSITION

Matthew Stafford, limping after being sacked and hit a lot, threw a 4-yard TD pass to tight end Darren Fells with 5:56 left and a 20-yard pass for a score to the former professional basketball player with 3:22 to go. The quarterback didn't have as much success connecting with starting tight end Eric Ebron, who dropped a pass in the end zone and had another pass go through his hands.

Even though Ebron has a history of dropping passes, Detroit coach Jim Caldwell insisted he's not concerned about it.

''No one was perfect out there, and he came back in the game and made a catch or two, so I wouldn't say it is in his head,'' Caldwell said. ''Obviously, it is not what you want to see, but he wasn't our problem.''

Protecting Stafford has become an issue. He has been sacked six times in two straight games after being sacked a total of just six times over his first three games.

''Getting hit one time is too many, so that was clearly a problem,'' Caldwell said. ''Matthew is always going to battle, and so are his teammates, but we clearly have to do a better job of protecting our quarterback. That involves a lot of people, though, not just the offensive line.''

TAKING A BREAK

Charlotte Observer reporter Jourdan Rodrigue was not working in the Ford Field press box during the Panthers-Detroit Lions game.

''Taking some time off,'' Mike Persinger, the executive sports editor of The Charlotte Observer, wrote in an email.

Rodrigue asked Newton about Funchess' route running on Wednesday and Carolina's quarterback laughed and said, ''It's funny to hear a female talk about routes. It's funny.''

Newton declined to provide much of a comment about her absence at the game.

''That's personal,'' he said.

CAREER DAY

Panthers tight end Ed Dickson had five receptions for a career-high 175 yards, a total that surpassed his production from each of the previous three seasons with the Panthers. He had 64- and 57-yard catches in the first half for two of his three receptions of 50-plus yards in his eight-year career. Clearly, Dickson is making the most of an opportunity to play for injured starter Greg Olsen.

''I'm pretty sure I've got a text from him right now,'' he said. ''I know he's proud of me. I'm just holding it down for him.''

INJURIES

Panthers: CB Daryl Worley had an ankle injury in the third quarter, but was able to finish the game.

Lions: Stafford played through what appeared to be an ankle injury and DT Haloti Ngata left with an elbow injury.

UP NEXT

Panthers: Host Philadelphia on Thursday night.

Lions: Play at New Orleans next Sunday.

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Key Players
C. Newton 1 QB
355 PaYds, 3 PaTDs
32
FPTS
M. Stafford 9 QB
229 PaYds, 2 PaTDs
19
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:22
M.Prater extra point is GOOD, Center-D.Muhlbach, Holder-J.Locke.
plays
yds
pos
27
24
Touchdown 3:22
M.Stafford pass short left to D.Fells for 20 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
6
plays
53
yds
0:51
pos
27
23
Point After TD 5:48
M.Prater extra point is GOOD, Center-D.Muhlbach, Holder-J.Locke.
plays
yds
pos
27
17
Touchdown 5:48
M.Stafford pass short right to D.Fells for 4 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
8
plays
69
yds
3:10
pos
27
16
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 9:26
G.Gano 44 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.Jansen, Holder-M.Palardy.
4
plays
-3
yds
1:09
pos
27
10
Point After TD 10:43
G.Gano extra point is GOOD, Center-J.Jansen, Holder-M.Palardy.
plays
yds
pos
24
10
Touchdown 10:43
C.Newton pass deep left to K.Benjamin for 31 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
8
plays
75
yds
4:17
pos
23
10
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:48
G.Gano extra point is GOOD, Center-J.Jansen, Holder-M.Palardy.
plays
yds
pos
17
10
Touchdown 0:48
C.Newton pass short middle to D.Funchess for 10 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
11
plays
73
yds
4:10
pos
16
10
Point After TD 11:04
G.Gano extra point is GOOD, Center-J.Jansen, Holder-M.Palardy.
plays
yds
pos
10
10
Touchdown 11:04
C.Newton pass short middle to C.McCaffrey for 6 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
5
plays
75
yds
2:28
pos
9
10
Point After TD 13:32
M.Prater extra point is GOOD, Center-D.Muhlbach, Holder-J.Locke.
plays
yds
pos
3
10
Touchdown 13:32
Z.Zenner right end for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN.
9
plays
78
yds
5:19
pos
3
9
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 3:51
G.Gano 21 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-J.Jansen, Holder-M.Palardy.
6
plays
61
yds
3:01
pos
3
3
Field Goal 11:32
M.Prater 30 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-D.Muhlbach, Holder-J.Locke.
8
plays
63
yds
3:28
pos
0
3
Team Stats
Time of Pos 35:23 24:37
1st Downs 16 19
Rushing 3 4
Passing 13 11
Penalty 0 4
3rd Down Conv 7-16 5-13
4th Down Conv 0-0 0-1
Total Net Yards 362 242
Total Plays 64 56
Avg Gain 5.7 4.3
Net Yards Rushing 28 50
Rush Attempts 28 15
Avg Rush Yards 1.0 3.3
Net Yards Passing 334 192
Comp. - Att. 26-33 23-35
Yards Per Pass 10.1 5.5
Sacked - Yards Lost 3-21 6-37
Penalties - Yards 11-100 1-10
Touchdowns 3 3
Rushing TDs 0 1
Passing TDs 3 2
Other 0 0
Turnovers 0 1
Fumbles - Lost 1-0 2-1
Int. Thrown 0 0
Punts - Avg 5-46.8 5-41.2
Return Yards 57 28
Punts - Returns 1-13 1-6
Kickoffs - Returns 3-44 1-22
Int. - Returns 0-0 0-0
Kicking 5/6 4/4
Extra Points 3/3 3/3
Field Goals 2/3 1/1
Red Zone Eff. 2-3 -67% 2-3 -67%
Goal to Go Eff. 1-2 -50% 2-2 -100%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Panthers 4-1 31410027
Lions 3-2 3701424
334 PASS YDS 192
28 RUSH YDS 50
362 TOTAL YDS 242
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
C. Newton 1 QB
32
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
78.8% 355 3 0 141.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
68.3% 1237 8 5 98.5
C. Newton 26/33 355 3 0 32
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
J. Stewart 28 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
18 21 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
77 251 0
J. Stewart 18 21 0 9 4
C. McCaffrey 22 RB
9
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
34 96 0
C. McCaffrey 3 7 0 5 9
C. Newton 1 QB
32
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 0 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
29 90 2
C. Newton 7 0 0 5 32
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
E. Dickson 84 TE
17
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 5 175 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 11 271 0
E. Dickson 5 5 175 0 64 17
K. Benjamin 13 WR
11
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 4 58 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 17 272 1
K. Benjamin 6 4 58 1 31 11
D. Funchess 17 WR
11
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 7 53 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 24 269 3
D. Funchess 8 7 53 1 15 11
C. McCaffrey 22 RB
9
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 5 31 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 27 237 1
C. McCaffrey 7 5 31 1 10 9
J. Stewart 28 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 3 23 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 44 1
J. Stewart 3 3 23 0 21 4
R. Shepard 19 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 15 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 87 1
R. Shepard 2 2 15 0 10 1
C. Samuel 10 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 4 12 0
C. Samuel 2 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
L. Kuechly 59 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
29-13 1 0.0
L. Kuechly 5-3 0.0 0 0
M. Adams 29 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-5 0 0.0
M. Adams 4-2 0.0 0 0
C. Jones 42 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
C. Jones 4-1 0.0 0 0
C. Munnerlyn 41 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-2 0 1.0
C. Munnerlyn 3-0 1.0 0 0
K. Short 99 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-3 0 3.0
K. Short 3-0 2.0 0 1
J. Bradberry 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
22-3 0 0.0
J. Bradberry 3-0 0.0 0 0
S. Green-Thompson 54 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
20-4 0 2.0
S. Green-Thompson 3-1 1.0 0 0
D. Worley 26 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-5 0 0.0
D. Worley 2-2 0.0 0 0
J. Peppers 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-5 0 5.0
J. Peppers 2-0 1.0 0 0
J. Norris 52 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
J. Norris 1-0 0.0 0 0
T. Davis 58 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
20-6 0 1.0
T. Davis 1-2 0.0 0 0
J. Byrd 31 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Byrd 1-0 0.0 0 0
M. Addison 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-5 0 3.0
M. Addison 1-1 1.0 0 1
W. Horton 96 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
W. Horton 1-0 0.0 0 0
K. Seymour 27 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
K. Seymour 1-0 0.0 0 0
S. Lotulelei 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-5 0 0.0
S. Lotulelei 1-1 0.0 0 0
R. Shepard 19 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
R. Shepard 1-0 0.0 0 0
C. Johnson 95 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
C. Johnson 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
G. Gano 9 K
9
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
2/3 3/3
SEASON FG XP
12/13 9/10
G. Gano 2/3 44 3/3 9
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. Palardy 5 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 46.8 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
18 44.6 3
M. Palardy 5 46.8 0 60
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Samuel 10 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 14.7 24 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 18.5 30 0
C. Samuel 3 14.7 24 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. McCaffrey 22 RB
9
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 13.0 13 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
12 6.5 13 0
C. McCaffrey 1 13.0 13 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
M. Stafford 9 QB
19
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65.7% 229 2 0 103.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64.2% 1116 9 1 97.4
M. Stafford 23/35 229 2 0 19
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
A. Abdullah 21 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 31 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
76 288 1
A. Abdullah 10 31 0 16 3
Z. Zenner 34 RB
7
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 11 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
9 16 1
Z. Zenner 3 11 1 14 7
T. Riddick 25 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 8 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
16 31 0
T. Riddick 2 8 0 8 4
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
M. Jones 11 WR
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 6 54 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 14 184 2
M. Jones 8 6 54 0 12 5
G. Tate 15 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 5 48 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 29 267 1
G. Tate 8 5 48 0 22 4
T. Riddick 25 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 4 45 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 18 135 1
T. Riddick 5 4 45 0 21 4
J. Abbrederis 10 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 37 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 37 0
J. Abbrederis 3 2 37 0 25 3
D. Fells 87 TE
14
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 24 2
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 8 75 2
D. Fells 2 2 24 2 20 14
T. Jones 13 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 2 12 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 10 140 0
T. Jones 4 2 12 0 8 1
E. Ebron 85 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 1 6 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 12 93 1
E. Ebron 4 1 6 0 6 0
A. Abdullah 21 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 3 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 10 68 0
A. Abdullah 1 1 3 0 3 3
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
T. Wilson 32 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-3 1 0.0
T. Wilson 9-1 0.0 0 0
T. Whitehead 59 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
24-6 1 0.0
T. Whitehead 5-0 0.0 0 0
D. Slay 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-3 2 0.0
D. Slay 5-1 0.0 0 0
J. Davis 40 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-7 0 1.0
J. Davis 4-4 0.0 0 0
A. Zettel 69 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-3 0 4.0
A. Zettel 4-1 0.0 0 0
D. Carey 26 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
D. Carey 3-0 0.0 0 0
G. Quin 27 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
22-5 2 0.0
G. Quin 3-1 0.0 0 0
H. Ngata 92 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 2.0
H. Ngata 2-0 1.0 0 0
N. Lawson 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-1 0 0.0
N. Lawson 2-1 0.0 0 0
E. Ansah 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-0 0 4.0
E. Ansah 2-0 1.0 0 0
Q. Diggs 28 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-2 0 0.0
Q. Diggs 2-1 0.0 0 0
D. Hayden 31 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-3 0 0.0
D. Hayden 2-0 0.0 0 0
A. Spence 97 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
A. Spence 1-1 0.0 0 0
M. Killebrew 35 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-3 1 0.0
M. Killebrew 1-1 0.0 0 0
J. Ledbetter 98 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-4 0 0.0
J. Ledbetter 1-0 0.0 0 0
Co. Washington 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
Co. Washington 1-0 0.0 0 0
G. Johnson 96 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
G. Johnson 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Fells 87 TE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Fells 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Valoaga 78 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
J. Valoaga 1-0 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Prater 5 K
6
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 3/3
SEASON FG XP
9/10 10/10
M. Prater 1/1 30 3/3 6
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Locke 18 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 41.2 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
22 44.5 8
J. Locke 5 41.2 1 53
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Agnew 39 CB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 22.0 22 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 16.5 22 0
J. Agnew 1 22.0 22 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Agnew 39 CB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 6.0 6 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
7 22.1 88 1
J. Agnew 1 6.0 6 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:32 CAR 21 3:45 5 13 Punt
6:52 CAR 36 3:01 6 61 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:32 CAR 25 2:28 5 75 TD
9:06 CAR 26 2:39 3 -9 Punt
4:58 CAR 27 4:10 11 73 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 CAR 25 4:17 8 75 TD
10:35 DET 23 1:09 4 -3 FG
7:38 CAR 32 1:39 3 8 Punt
3:14 DET 45 4:06 7 8 FG Miss
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:10 CAR 19 3:12 6 11 Punt
5:48 CAR 14 1:35 3 -4 Punt
3:22 CAR 23 3:22 6 12 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 DET 25 3:28 8 63 FG
7:47 DET 26 0:55 3 -2 Punt
3:51 DET 22 5:19 9 78 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:04 DET 25 1:58 3 8 Punt
6:27 DET 37 1:29 3 7 Punt
0:48 DET 25 0:48 3 -7 Half
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:43 DET 30 0:08 1 -5 Fumble
9:26 DET 25 1:48 3 2 Punt
5:59 DET 20 2:45 6 25 Downs
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:08 DET 45 1:58 4 -6 Punt
8:58 DET 31 3:10 8 69 TD
4:13 DET 47 0:51 6 53 TD