Cam Newton starred for the Carolina Panthers, throwing for two touchdowns and crossing for another couple of his own, as his side earned a 30-22 victory over Philadelphia Eagles earlier this week.
The clash between the Panthers and Eagles was a meeting between the teams with the worst records in the NFC so far this season and the NFL betting lines struggled to separate them.
For the Eagles, Bryce Brown was on top form, and smashed the club’s record for rushing with 178 yards on the night.
The running back was only named in the squad following an injury to LeSean McCoy, but he made the most of the opportunity, breaking Correll Buckhalter’s haul of 134 yards, achieved in 1998.
Brown ran for two touchdowns for good measure, but his efforts were in vain as the Eagles crashed to their seventh straight defeat, giving them an overall record of 3-8 for the campaign.
Carolina, who are now also at 3-8 for this season, held an advantageous position from the beginning of the the fourth quarter thanks to Graham Gano’s 20-yard field goal.
Inevitably, it fell to Brown to lead the Eagles’ fightback, but the Panthers were wise to the running back’s antics when it mattered, and scuppered their opponents’ attacking threat sufficiently enough to seal victory and make positive NFL news headlines for a change this season.
The victory for the Panthers was a welcome one following a run of just one win in their previous eight matches, though there was little to inspire hope of a late charge for Super Bowl glory, and many pairs of Carolina eyes are already transfixed on the fresh opportunities 2013 might offer.
A seventh successive defeat for the Eagles, meanwhile, sees their campaign go from bad to worse, and recent performances have been made even harder to bear given the potential demonstrated during the opening weeks of the year, which saw the side win three of their opening four matches.