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Cam Newton threw four touchdowns and 254 yards as the Panthers beat the Dolphins 45-21.

0:48 | November 14, 2017 | Carolina Panthers, Football, Miami Dolphins, NFL

Game Information
Location: Bank of America Stadium Charlotte, North Carolina
Attendance: 72,790

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Cam Newton was tired of the Carolina Panthers' defense getting all of the glory.

Newton took it as a challenge when the defense vaulted to the league's No. 1 ranking last week, saying it was time for the offense to strive to match them.

Newton did his part on Monday night, throwing for 254 yards and four touchdowns and running for 95 more as the Panthers piled up a franchise-record 548 yards in a 45-21 rout of the Miami Dolphins.

"It's nice to see them have this type of breakout game," Panthers coach Ron Rivera said of the offense, which had 30 first downs and converted 11 of 14 third downs.

Said Newton: "I still feel like we are scratching the surface of our potential in this offense. We have to trust in our ability to execute our coach's plan."

Newton improved to 5-1 in Monday night games, while averaging 270.5 yards per game with 15 touchdowns and four interceptions.

"There is something about this stage with him," Rivera said. "He played a tremendous game."

Jonathan Stewart ran for a season-high 110 yards, and Newton had a 69-yard jaunt on a read option as the Panthers racked up 294 yards on the ground. It was Stewart's first 100-yard game since last December at Washington.

Rookie Christian McCaffrey scored touchdowns rushing and receiving, and Devin Funchess caught five passes for 92 yards and two touchdowns as the Panthers (7-3) remained a half-game behind the NFC South-leading Saints heading into their bye week.

Newton had his share of fun on the field.

After being tackled on his 69-yard run, an exhausted Newton laid on the ground smiling and shaking his body as if trying to get feeling back into his legs.

Teammates joked with Newton that backup quarterback Derek Anderson could have scored on the play.

"When you ain't got no gas left and your check engine light is on and blinking, get gas at the next stop or so, man, you just have to try to celebrate when you can celebrate, brother," Newton said. "I was just hoping coach didn't come back with another run play for me."

He tiredly handed off on the next two plays.

"Everything was fun out there," said Funchess, who became the team's No. 1 receiver when Kelvin Benjamin was traded to Buffalo two weeks ago.

Jay Cutler had 213 yards passing with two touchdowns and one interception for the Dolphins (4-5), who have lost three straight. Jarvis Landry and Julian Thomas both caught TD passes for Miami.

The game turned with 41 seconds left in the first half, when Luke Kuechly made a leaping interception along the sideline with Carolina leading 10-7.

Four plays later, Newton connected with tight end Ed Dickson on a 7-yard touchdown pass. That opened the floodgates as the Panthers scored touchdowns on five straight possessions in their most explosive output of the season.

"In an eight-minute span, the game got away from us," Dolphins coach Adam Gase said. "It snowballed. We couldn't prevent the big runs once they got going."

The Panthers had entered the game 21st in the league in total offense and 24th in scoring.

"We get to watch them - that's the fun part," Kuechly said of the offense.

It was a big game for Stewart, who fumbled twice in last week's 20-17 win over the Atlanta Falcons.

"He might have been playing with a chip on his shoulder, but we just wanted to get him to that second level," Panthers offensive tackle Matt Kalil said.

The Dolphins have put themselves in a difficult situation in a tight AFC playoff race.

"There are pieces in the locker room. I truly believe that," Cutler said.

McCAFFREY STARTS

The Panthers gave McCaffrey the start at running back over Stewart, who fumbled twice last week against the Falcons. McCaffrey didn't let them down, combining for 50 yards and two scores, including a nifty 4-yard touchdown run where he faked out two Miami defenders.

McDONALD RETURNS

Dolphins safety T.J. McDonald returned to the starting lineup after serving an eight-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy, but it didn't help the struggling Dolphins defense.

DRAKE'S BIG RUN

Kenyan Drake provided the big play for the Dolphins, breaking free for a 66-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

NEWTON'S NUMBERS

Newton passed Dan Marino for the third-most total yards (passing and rushing) in a quarterback's first seven seasons. Newton trails only Peyton Manning and Matt Ryan in that category.

INJURIES

Dolphins: Reported no injuries.

Panthers: Rookie wide receiver Curtis Samuel left the game in the third quarter with an ankle injury after dropping a would-be touchdown pass in the end zone. ... Center Tyler Larsen suffered a foot injury but returned to the game.

UP NEXT

Dolphins: Host the Buccaneers on Sunday in a game that was rescheduled from Week 1 because of Hurricane Irma.

Panthers: Visit the Jets on Nov. 26 after a bye.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Dolphins Panthers
01:50 Graham Gano 40 yd FG 0 3

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Dolphins Panthers
06:59 Christian McCaffrey 4 yd run (Graham Gano kick) 0 10
02:12 Julius Thomas 2 yd pass from Jay Cutler (Cody Parkey kick) 7 10
00:19 Ed Dickson 7 yd pass from Cam Newton (Graham Gano kick) 7 17

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Dolphins Panthers
11:50 Devin Funchess 28 yd pass from Cam Newton (Graham Gano kick) 7 24
07:15 Cameron Artis-Payne 12 yd run (Graham Gano kick) 7 31
05:47 Kenyan Drake 66 yd run (Cody Parkey kick) 14 31
03:07 Christian McCaffrey 2 yd pass from Cam Newton (Graham Gano kick) 14 38

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Dolphins Panthers
08:20 Devin Funchess 32 yd pass from Cam Newton (Graham Gano kick) 14 45
04:05 Jarvis Landry 9 yd pass from Jay Cutler (Cody Parkey kick) 21 45

Team Stats
  Miami Carolina
1st Downs 17 30
Total Yards 313 548
Passing 213 254
Passing Completions/Attempts 22-37 21-35
Yards/Pass 5.8 7.3
Rushing 100 294
Rushing Attempts 17 36
Yards/Rush 5.9 8.2
Turnovers 1 0
Fumbles Lost 0 0
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Possession 24:21 35:39

Miami Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Jay Cutler 22 37 213 5.8 2 1

Carolina Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Cam Newton 21 35 254 7.3 4 0

Miami Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Kenyan Drake 7 82 11.7 1 66
Damien Williams 9 19 2.1 0 11
Jay Cutler 1 -1 -1.0 0 -1

Carolina Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Jonathan Stewart 17 110 6.5 0 18
Cam Newton 5 95 19.0 0 69
Cameron Artis-Payne 7 68 9.7 1 43
Christian McCaffrey 5 23 4.6 1 16
Derek Anderson 2 -2 -1.0 0 -1

Miami Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Kenny Stills 5 67 13.4 0 21
DeVante Parker 6 66 11.0 0 24
Jarvis Landry 5 42 8.4 1 19
Damien Williams 2 20 10.0 0 15
Kenyan Drake 2 10 5.0 0 5
Julius Thomas 2 8 4.0 1 6

Carolina Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Devin Funchess 5 92 18.4 2 32
Curtis Samuel 5 45 9.0 0 23
Russell Shepard 3 40 13.3 0 15
Ed Dickson 3 33 11.0 1 20
Christian McCaffrey 3 27 9.0 1 19
Brenton Bersin 1 12 12.0 0 12
Kaelin Clay 1 5 5.0 0 5

Miami Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
T.J. McDonald 7 2 0 0
Cordrea Tankersley 5 1 0 0
Reshad Jones 4 3 0 0
Xavien Howard 3 0 0 0
Kiko Alonso 2 6 0 0
Davon Godchaux 2 2 0 0
Rey Maualuga 2 5 0 0
Lawrence Timmons 2 6 0 0
Andre Branch 1 1 0 0
William Hayes 1 1 0 0
Bobby McCain 1 2 0 0
Charles Harris 0 0 0 0
Mike Hull 0 0 0 0
Senorise Perry 0 0 0 0
Ndamukong Suh 0 3 0 0
Vincent Taylor 0 3 0 0
Michael Thomas 0 0 0 0
Alterraun Verner 0 0 0 0
Cameron Wake 0 1 0 0

Carolina Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
James Bradberry 4 0 0 0
Mike Adams 3 1 0 0
Luke Kuechly 3 3 0 0
Captain Munnerlyn 3 0 0 0
Shaq Thompson 3 0 0 0
Kurt Coleman 2 0 0 0
Thomas Davis 2 1 0 0
Mario Addison 1 1 0 0
Julius Peppers 1 0 0 0
Kevon Seymour 1 0 0 0
Kawann Short 1 6 0 0
Daryl Worley 1 0 0 0
Alex Armah 0 0 0 0
Cameron Artis-Payne 0 0 0 0
Brenton Bersin 0 0 0 0
Vernon Butler 0 1 0 0
Wes Horton 0 0 0 0
Charles Johnson 0 2 0 0
Colin Jones 0 0 0 0
Star Lotulelei 0 1 0 0
Kyle Love 0 1 0 0
David Mayo 0 1 0 0
Jared Norris 0 0 0 0

Miami Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

Carolina Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Luke Kuechly 1 0 0

Miami Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Senorise Perry 4 87 21.8 0 29

Carolina Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Curtis Samuel 2 48 24.0 0 26
Kaelin Clay 2 33 16.5 0 18

Miami Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
No punt return stats.

Carolina Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Christian McCaffrey 2 10 5.0 0 8

Miami Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
No kicking stats.

Carolina Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Graham Gano 1 1 100.0 40

Miami Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Matt Haack 4 167 48

Carolina Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Michael Palardy 2 85 43