Printed on: November 27, 2012

Newton leads Panthers past Eagles


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PHILADELPHIA -- Cam Newton returned to his rookie form to outshine a seventh-round draft pick starting his first game since high school.

Newton threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more to lead the Carolina Panthers to a 30-22 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night in a matchup of teams with the worst records in the NFC.

Bryce Brown set a club rookie record with 178 yards rushing, including TD runs of 65 and 5 yards, but the Eagles (3-8) still lost their seventh straight game.

Brown, filling in for injured running back LeSean McCoy, surpassed Correll Buckhalter's rookie mark of 134 yards rushing in his first start since his senior year at Wichita East High School in 2008. But Brown also lost two fumbles, including one in Panthers' territory.

Fellow rookie Nick Foles was so-so in his second straight start for Michael Vick, who also sat out with a concussion. Foles was 16 of 21 for 119 yards.

Carolina (3-8) went ahead 24-22 early in the fourth quarter on Graham Gano's 23-yard field goal.

Newton, who hadn't played up to his sensational rookie season, showed no signs of a sophomore slump against Philadel-phia's porous pass defense. He finished 18 of 28 for 306 yards.

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FALCONS 24, BUCCANEERS 23: At Tampa, Fla., Matt Ryan threw for 353 yards and overcame two big turnovers by leading another late touchdown drive to give Atlanta Falcons a victory over Tampa Bay on Sunday.

Ryan teamed with Julio Jones on an 80-yard TD in the third quarter, but the NFC South leaders found themselves trailing 23-17 after the Bucs marched for a touchdown, then forced a fumble by Ryan to set up a field goal that put the Falcons in catch-up mode.

GIANTS 38, PACKERS 10: At East Rutherford, N.J., Eli Manning threw for three touchdowns, giving him 200 for his career, and New York sacked Aaron Rodgers five times in a rout of Green Bay.

Coming off their bye, the Giants (7-4) put to rest concerns about a dormant offense and a tired arm for Manning.

BRONCOS 17, CHIEFS 9: At Kansas City, Mo., Peyton Manning threw for 285 yards and two touchdowns, and Denver rallied for its sixth straight win.

Manning hit tight end Jacob Tamme late in the first half and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas in the third quarter, and that was more than enough to overcome three field goals by the Chiefs' Ryan Succop as Kansas City lost its eighth straight game.

BEARS 28, VIKINGS 10: At Chicago, Jay Cutler threw for 188 yards and a touchdown after missing a game because of a concussion as Chicago ended a two-game losing streak.

Tied with Green Bay for the NFC North lead and just a game ahead of Minnesota (6-5) coming in, the Bears (8-3) grabbed a 25-3 halftime lead thanks to Cutler's pinpoint passing. The defense held Adrian Peterson in check early on, although he finished with 108 yards rushing.

49ERS 31, SAINTS 21: At New Orleans, Colin Kaeper-nick ran for one score that he made look easy and threw for a touchdown in another performance that validated coach Jim Harbaugh's decision to start him.

The San Francisco defense added its share of big plays and the 49ers ended the Saints' three-game winning streak.

Ahmad Brooks and Donte Whitner each returned interceptions for touchdowns and the 49ers sacked Brees five times.

RAVENS 16, CHARGERS 13 OT: At San Diego, Justin Tucker kicked a 38-yard field with 1:07 left in overtime to complete a stunning comeback.

San Diego led 13-3 on Nick Novak's 30-yard field goal with 7:51 to go in regulation and seemed headed for its first win against a team with a winning record this season.

But the Ravens converted on fourth-and-29 from their 37 when Ray Rice caught a short pass from Joe Flacco and weaved through the defense to the San Diego 33 with 1:37 to play. After a review, the ball was moved back to the 34 and the refs measured. The new spot gave the Ravens a first down by the length of the ball.

RAMS 31, CARDINALS 17: At Glendale, Ariz., Janoris Jenkins became the first player in Rams history and the first NFL rookie since 1960 to return two interceptions for touchdowns in the same game and St. Louis dominated the second half to hand the Arizona Cardinals their seventh loss in a row, 31-17 on Sunday.

BENGALS 34, RAIDERS 10: At Cincinnati, Andy Dalton threw three touchdown passes and Cincinnati showed its former quarterback, Carson Palmer, that it has moved on without him.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran for 129 yards and a touchdown against the NFL's most generous defense. He had runs of 48 and 39 yards -- the longest of his career -- to set up scores.

BROWNS 20, STEELERS 14: At Cleveland, Chris Rainey's fumble with 2:25 left -- Pittsburgh's seventh of eight turnovers -- was recovered by Cleveland's Phil Taylor and the Browns handed their hated rivals a potentially devastating loss.

COLTS 20, BILLS 13: At Indianapolis, T.Y. Hilton scored on a 75-yard punt return and caught an 8-yard TD pass from Andrew Luck.

Luck was 20 of 37 for 240 yards with a TD and an interception.

DOLPHINS 24, SEAHAWKS 21: At Miami, Dan Carpenter kicked a 43-yard field goal on the final, and Miami scored 17 points in the last 8:08.

Rookie Ryan Tannehill drove Miami 65 yards in the final 92 seconds to set up the winning kick. He finished 18 for 26 for 253 yards and a score.

JAGUARS 24, TITANS 19: At Jacksonville, Fla., Chad Henne threw two touchdown passes, sparking the NFL's worst offense for the second consecutive week.