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Justin Bethel

Newton, Defense Lead Panthers Past Cardinals, 27-16

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Cam Newton finally has his first playoff victory — with a big assist from his defense. The fourth-year quarterback threw for 198 yards and two touchdowns, Carolina's defense set an NFL record for fewest yards allowed in a postseason game, and the Panthers defeated the Arizona Cardinals 27-16 on Saturday. It was Carolina's first playoff win in nine years and Newton's first playoff victory since entering the league as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 draft. Jonathan Stewart ran for 123 yards and a touchdown on a rain-soaked afternoon. The Panthers held Arizona to 77 yards, intercepted Ryan Lindley twice and sacked him four times....