In the midst of a stellar comeback from the New York Giants and an on-going battle between Odell Beckham Jr. and Josh Norman (which turned ugly pretty quickly), there was Cam Newton.
The top MVP candidate and leader of the Carolina Panthers was having yet another huge game, becoming the first player in history to throw for more than 300 yards (340, to be exact), rush for 100 yards and throw for five touchdowns. As amazing as Newton’s game was, it was overlooked by the ugly play of both Beckham and Norman.
While the Panthers were up 35-7 at one point on the Giants, many were wondering when Carolina would rest their starters. Fortunately, they chose not to, as the Giants made a massive comeback, tying the game at 35 with 1:46 left. Then, once again, Newton happened.
The Panthers went 49 yards in eight plays, to set up a 43-yard field goal by Graham Gano to lock up a 14-0 start. In one single drive, we may have seen what makes Newton so special and so different from what he had been in the past. The comeback drive for Newton? He took it in stride, it was almost as if he just (literally) nodded his head, acknowledged what had to be done, then went and did it.