Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/9/12
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- With Carolina quarterback Cam Newton slicing through his hometown team, the Panthers made sure they were far enough ahead of the Atlanta Falcons this time. Still steaming from a blown lead more than two months ago, the Panthers picked apart one of the NFL's best teams, holding off the Falcons 30-20 on Sunday afternoon at Bank of America Stadium. It was particularly rewarding for Newton. "I get hounded so much when I get in Atlanta," Newton said. "I think this game allows me to have a little chip on my shoulder when I go back." Newton was the game's leading rusher, picking up 116 yards on the ground to go with 287 passing yards. The last of Newton's 23 completions went for 53 yards to running back DeAngelo Williams, who did most of the work on the game-clinching touchdown with 4:11 left. Newton's 72-yard touchdown run -- with a somersault into the end zone -- gave the Panthers touchdowns on their first possessions of each half. They led 23-0 at the time...
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