It was a game filled with emotion on the NFL's biggest regular season stage. A show down between a team on the rise, against a franchise that has been the standard of consistency for more than a decade. A game, on national television, that will most likely be remembered for it's controversial ending, and justly so. But it was also a game that the 74,225 in attendance at Bank of America Stadium will never forget for another reason.
On November 18th, 2013, in his third season after being drafted out of Auburn in the first round, Cam Newton emerged in a big way. He passed for 209 yds. and three touchdowns without a pick. Gained 62 yds. on the ground, highlighted by a captivating twenty-four yard scamper in quarter number two on third down, evading the grasp of several Patriot defenders,the first of four of the eight third down conversions in eleven attempts via the legs of the Panthers QB. He was every bit the match of his positional opponent. On a night where he needed to prove him and his team were worthy of doubters, following a gritty win the week prior at San Francisco, he engineered a thirteen play, eighty-three yd. drive in the fourth quarter resulting in a touchdown and a 24-20 victory. In a page taken from the book that Tom Brady has authored quite often, Cam Newton not only read a chapter, he lived it. In his third season after a storied career at Auburn, the former first round pick is proving his worth after a 1-3 start this season, and at 7-3, has his team on the verge of something special.