'I'm back': Cam Newton has TDs on first 2 snaps, Panthers pummel Kyler Murray-less Cardinals – The Athletic

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By The Athletic Staff
November 14, 2021 7:37 PM EST
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Cam Newton unstrapped his helmet and let the football world know: He's back. The former MVP began his second stint with the Panthers in perfect fashion, scoring touchdowns on his first two snaps to give Carolina (5-5) a 14-point lead en route to a 34-10 blowout of the Kyler Murray-less Arizona Cardinals (8-2).

Newton, who signed with the Panthers this week following the injury to Sam Darnold, entered the game on second-and-goal after P.J. Walker started. Newton bounced a designed run out to his right for a 2-yard touchdown.

He pulled off his helmet and shouted, "I'm back!" toward the crowd in Arizona. Officials flagged him for unsportsmanlike conduct.

On Carolina's next drive, Newton again entered with the football at the 2-yard line. This time, he completed his first pass attempt to Robby Anderson for another touchdown and a 14-0 lead.

Newton didn't play another snap until the second half, but he contributed to a touchdown drive in the third quarter by drawing a 33-yard pass-interference penalty. Walker entered after the penalty to finish the series, which Chuba Hubbard capped with a 5-yard touchdown run for a 31-3 lead.

Walker finished 22 of 29 for 167 yards and an interception. Darnold is on injured reserve and out several more weeks. The Panthers host Washington next Sunday.

The Cardinals entered atop the NFC but were without Murray and receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who last week's game against the 49ers. Both were listed as questionable with ankle and hamstring injuries, respectively, heading into Sunday's game.

Colt McCoy, who led Arizona to a Week 9 win, started for the Cardinals but headed to the locker room with a chest injury and did not return. Chris Streveler entered to finish out the one-sided loss.

(Photo: Christian Petersen / Getty Images)
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