Cam Newton takes flight, but Philadelphia Eagles take win

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton tried to live up to his Superman nickname on a fourth-quarter run against the

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton tried to live up to his Superman nickname on a fourth-quarter run against the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night. The officials ruled the former Auburn star came up short, and so did the Panthers in a 28-23 loss.

Newton swept left from the Philadelphia 9-yard line and made a leap for the end zone. But he was ruled to have been pushed out of bounds by the Eagles, and video review did not overturn the field decision.

The near-miss didn't affect the outcome because Newton threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to running back Christian McCaffrey on the next snap as the Panthers cut the Eagles' lead to five points.

Carolina had two chances to complete its rally.

Philadelphia cornerback Jalen Mills intercepted Newton at the Eagles 16-yard line with 3:06 left in the game. Philadelphia had three interceptions in the game, but the first came when Newton's arm was hit while throwing, sending the pass fluttering high into the air and up for grabs, and the second squirted through the arms of Carolina running back Jonathan Stewart before landing in the hands of cornerback Patrick Robinson.

Newton threw incomplete on fourth-and-1 at the Philadelphia 48 with 1:16 left in the game, and the Eagles ran out the clock.

Newton threw a career-high 52 passes with 28 completions for 239 yards and one touchdown.

Newton also ran for 71 yards on 11 carries, including a 16-yard touchdown run as the Panthers took a 10-3 lead with 10:34 left in the first half.

Six other players with Alabama football roots were active for the game.

Carolina cornerback James Bradberry (Pleasant Grove, Samford) made six tackles, including his first NFL sack.

Also starting for the Panthers was defensive end Mario Addison (Tarrant, Troy), who made two tackles.

Carolina cornerback Captain Munnerlyn (Murphy) had a tackle and a quarterback hit, and running back Cameron Artis-Payne (Auburn) and cornerback LaDarius Gunter (Jeff Davis) played but did not record any stats for the Panthers.

Guard Chance Warmack (Alabama) did not get in the game for Philadelphia.


Getting three touchdown passes from Carson Wentz, the Eagles improved to 5-1. The Panthers dropped to 4-2.

cam-newton-takes-flight-but-philadelphia-eagles-take-win photo 1Carolina Panthers cornerback James Bradberry (right) covers Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery during an NFL game in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017.  

Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @AMarkG1.

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