Mike Adams (football, safety)

Emotional Newton leads Panthers to 20-17 win over Falcons

Cam Newton felt the Carolina Panthers needed an emotional lift. He gave them one on Sunday.

An energetic and seemingly motivated Newton ran for 86 yards and a scored on a head-first diving 9-yard touchdown run as the Carolina Panthers erased an early 10-point deficit to beat the NFC South-rival Atlanta Falcons 20-17.

Newton pumped his fist, flexed his muscles and played up to the crowd in a game he knew the Panthers (6-3) had to have to remain a half-game behind the first-place Saints in the NFC South.

"When the Panthers are emotionless, good things don't happen," Newton said. "If we can get Bank of America Stadium with a pulse, that's when we are at...

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