Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers where able to put the brakes on the San Francisco 49ers five-game winning streak by beating them 10-9 on Sunday.
Carolina’s Drayton Florence intercepted a pass by Colin Kaepernick in the final minute to solidify the win and snap the San Francisco 49ers’ streak. The Panthers have now won their fifth straight game.
Some say Carolina’s streak was based on them beating mediocre teams up until this game.
“I don’t think it really bothers us, it gives us the opportunity to step up to the challenge. We did,” said wide receiver Steve Smith, who had six receptions. “A win like this can boost us, a win like this can continue to give us life throughout the season, and make us feel like we’re working for something, and we are.”
For Newton, the numbers hardly mattered, it was all about getting the win.
“This game is a maturity jump for us, because in the past what I’ve been a part of, we’ve been somewhat uncertain of how we will turn out in these types of games,” Newton said. “We needed that type of game, just to be in a dog fight, in somewhat of a barnburner, to show what type of team this really is.”