words // Brandon Richard
The Carolina Panthers entered their Monday Night Football matchup with the New England Patriots having won five-straight games. Despite their recent success, many felt that quarterback Cam Newton needed another signature victory to cement himself among the NFL’s elite — and he had the perfect opportunity to pick one up with Tom Brady on the other side of the field.
Newton was every bit as good as the phenom we remember from his rookie season. He completed 19 of his 28 passes for 209 yards and 3 touchdowns. On the ground, he racked up 62 yards on 7 attempts.
Doing what he does, Brady led the Patriots to a field goal drive and a 20-17 lead with about 6:36 left in the fourth. Responding to those who said he needed that signature win, Newton answered with a 13-play touchdown drive from Carolina’s own 17 to retake the lead 24-20. The Patriots marched down the field with less than a minute left, but ultimately fell short in their rally bid due to an extremely controversial no-call on the game’s final play.
Carolina is now 7-3 and travel to Miami to play against the Dolphins Sunday.
There have been a lot of questions about Cam Newton’s footwear this season. Here’s what we know: Newton is wear-testing the new Under Armour Highlight cleat set to release next year. We’re calling it Highlight ’14, but that is not the official name. In some instances, he’s been wearing superhero-inspired make-ups from the ‘Alter Ego’ collection. Much more on Newton’s new cleats as the story develops.
Also in Week 11, the Denver Broncos ended the Kansas City Chiefs’ undefeated start; Josh McCown helped the Chicago Bears even things up in the NFC North; the Cincinnati Bengals won a pivotal division game against the Cleveland Browns; Nick Foles continued to play well as the Philadelphia Eagles topped Washington; the New Orleans Saints edged the San Francisco 49ers 23-20 in a possible playoff preview; with Aaron Rodgers still sidelined, the New York Giants won their fourth-straight; and Percy Harvin returned to the Seattle Seahawks in a win over his former team.
Cam Newton – Under Armour Highlight ’14 ‘Camo’
Cam Newton – Under Armour Highlight ’14 Low
Steve Smith – Under Armour Mercenary
Donald Brown – Nike Super Speed TD 3/4
Marquise Goodwin – Nike Alpha Pro TD
Josh McCown – Nike Lunar Superbad Pro
Vontaze Burfict – Nike Lunar Superbad Pro
Charles Woodson – Air Jordan 12 PE Cleats
Carson Palmer – Nike Zoom Flightposite
LeSean McCoy – Nike Lunar Superbad Pro
Jerricho Cotchery – Under Armour Nitro Diablo
Bobby Rainey- Nike Alpha Pro TD
Charles Clay – Nike Alpha Pro TD
Marques Colston – Nike Vapor Jet TD
Rueben Randle – Nike Vapor Pro Low
Hakeem Nicks – Air Jordan 12 PE Cleats
Percy Harvin – Nike Vapor Pro Low
Montee Ball – Nike Lunar Superbad Pro