NFL Watch // Newton Super in Statement Win Over Patriots

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.

For a look at some of the football cleats that hit the field in these games and more, check out today’s NFL Watch.

NFL Watch // Newton Super in Statement Win Over Patriots

Cam Newton wearing Under Armour Highlight '14 Camo

Cam Newton – Under Armour Highlight ’14 ‘Camo’

Cam Newton wearing Under Armour Highlight '14 Low

Cam Newton – Under Armour Highlight ’14 Low

Steve Smith wearing Under Armour Mercenary

Steve Smith – Under Armour Mercenary

Donald Brown wearing Nike Super Speed TD 3/4

Donald Brown – Nike Super Speed TD 3/4

Marquise Goodwin wearing Nike Alpha Pro TD

Marquise Goodwin – Nike Alpha Pro TD

Josh McCown wearing Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Josh McCown – Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Vontaze Burfict wearing Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Vontaze Burfict – Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Charles Woodson wearing Air Jordan 12 PE Cleats

Charles Woodson – Air Jordan 12 PE Cleats

Carson Palmer wearing Nike Zoom Flightposite

Carson Palmer – Nike Zoom Flightposite

LeSean McCoy wearing Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

LeSean McCoy – Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Jerricho Cotchery wearing Under Armour Nitro Diablo

Jerricho Cotchery – Under Armour Nitro Diablo

Bobby Rainey wearing Nike Alpha Pro 3/4

Bobby Rainey-  Nike Alpha Pro TD

Charles Clay wearing Nike Alpha Pro 3/4

Charles Clay – Nike Alpha Pro TD

Marques Colston wearing Nike Vapor Jet TD

Marques Colston – Nike Vapor Jet TD

Rueben Randle wearing Nike Vapor Pro Low; Hakeem Nicks wearing Air Jordan 12 PE Cleats

Rueben Randle – Nike Vapor Pro Low
Hakeem Nicks – Air Jordan 12 PE Cleats

Percy Harvin wearing Nike Vapor Pro Low

Percy Harvin – Nike Vapor Pro Low

Montee Ball wearing Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

Montee Ball – Nike Lunar Superbad Pro

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