Panthers cap 15-1 season, wrap up No. 1 playoff seed

nfl-panthersbucsThe Carolina Panthers lost their bid for perfection last week, but the surprise team of the season certainly looked the part in Sunday’s regular season finale.

Coming off their lone loss of the season, the Panthers (15-1) put the pieces back together in a sterling display to end the regular season.

Quarterback Cam Newton made another case for the NFL’s Most Valuable Player honors and the Panthers secured the top seed for the NFC playoffs with a 38-10 victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday at Bank of America Stadium. He ran for two touchdowns and passed for two more touchdowns for the NFC South champions.

Newton’s 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter tied the NFL career record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with 43, pulling even with Steve Young, who’s retired as a player. Earlier, Newton tied an NFL record by posting 31 career games of at least one touchdown pass and one touchdown run, also sharing that mark with Young. Newton finished 21-for-26 for 293 yards without an interception.

The Panthers cruised in their regular-season finale, completing a 15-1 regular season. Carolina will open the NFC playoffs at home either Jan. 16 or 17.

Photo courtesy of Carolina Panthers

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