Posted December 22, 2011 on AP on Fox
The last time Cam Newton faced the Buccaneers he ran his way into the NFL record books. This time he'll use his arm to do the same. The Panthers sensational rookie quarterback needs 18 yards passing Saturday against Tampa Bay to break Peyton Manning's rookie single-season record of 3,739 yards. But Newton said that record is not as important as closing the season with two wins and helping the Panthers (5-9) carry a load of momentum into next season when their games once again starting counting for something. ''We need this win and it would be an excellent early gift on Christmas Eve,'' Newton said. ''So I'm more worried about the win column than the individual stats. If the season is going right, individual awards will take care of themselves. The big goal is to win the game first.'' The Panthers come in hot having won three of their last four, including a 28-13 win last Sunday against the playoff-bound Texans, and looking for a serie...
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