NFL: Cam Newton helps the Carolina Panthers end a five-game losing run
Last Updated: 04/11/12 10:11pm
Cam Newton: threw for one touchdown and ran for another for the Panthers
Cam Newton won the battle of the last two Heisman Trophy winners as the Carolina Panthers toppled Robert Griffin III's Washington Redskins 21-13.
Quarterback Newton threw for 201 yards and a touchdown as the struggling Panthers put an end to a five-game losing streak and register their first road win of the season.
The second-year pro - who has endured a tough season - also scored himself on a one-yard run at the start of the fourth quarter that put his team 21-6 ahead.
Rookie Griffin finished with similar numbers to Newton, managing 215 yards through the air and contributing 53 on the ground on 11 rush attempts.
However, crucially the Panthers found a way to keep the Redskins out of the end zone until inside the last two minutes, by which time Carolina were already comfortably ahead.
Evan Royster grabbed Washington's solitary touchdown on a two-yard run while kicker Kai Forbath provided the rest of their points, kicking a conversion and a pair of field goals from 47 and 25 yards out.
After falling 3-0 behind the Panthers moved ahead when DeAngelo Williams tip-toed his way down the sideline on a 30-yard run into the end zone.
Newton then hit receiver Steve Smith on a 19-yard completion for a second Carolina score. He also combined with Armanti Edwards on an 82-yard play that set up the quarterback to score from close range.