Adam Thielen: Thielen had six catches for 105 yards and a touchdown. That allowed Newton to join Randall Cunningham and Mike Vick as the only National Football League quarterbacks to rush for at least 500 yards in six different seasons. That followed quarterback Cam Newton running 62 yards to the Minnesota 8. Possibly the best overall athlete to ever play the position, Peppers has always dazzled with his seemingly effortless style of play that often leads to bad days for quarterbacks.
Carolina will be able to use their defense to keep it close, but there are far more playmakers on Minnesota's sideline than on Carolina's.
With right tackle Mike Remmers and center Pat Elfein inactive, the pressure was already on a depleted line to step up against one of the NFL's best front seven groups.
After Rivera's post-game speech to the team, Newton and guard Trai Turner conferred about song selections for a victory locker room. Obviously, the rules are a lot different than it was back in the day. Stewart got three yards on first and goal from the eight, then he gained four more yards to the one on second down.
They have overachieved. But now that they've overachieved, they need to use the final three games, all against weak opponents, to get their offensive line healthy, begin making big plays on offense again, and shore up their run defense. All he has done as an encore is break the 1,000-yard mark in 12 games and continue to produce as the team's top wideout.
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The Vikings had to settle for a 27-yard field goal by Kai Forbath that cut the deficit to 14-13 at halftime. Thielen was pretty quiet before exploding for a 52-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to bring the Vikings within three points.
Wide receiver Adam Thielen had one of his toughest games of the season, even though he got into the endzone late in the game and gave his team a chance.
Newton ran for a career-low 359 yards last season. "I was injured", Kalil said, via the team's official website.
On Carolina's next possession, Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo intercepted Newton on a ball that sailed off the hands of Christian McCaffrey and returned it to the Carolina 6. Instead of taking the lead, the Vikings had to settle for a tie. The Minnesota defense was hungry to change those numbers, and they did, only it was the Panthers with two big turnovers of Keenum (pick and a fumble) that lead to 10 1st half points-and a third one in the fourth (another pick that Diggs assisted on).
Newton completed 13 of 25 passes for 137 yards with a touchdown and an interception.