Cam Newton threw four touchdown passes and the Carolina Panthers pounded the Miami Dolphins in a 45-21 victory on Monday at Bank of America Stadium.
The Panthers (7-3) scored 21 points in just more than eight minutes spanning both halves. That helped Carolina to a season-high point total against the NFL?s lowest-scoring team.
Newton was 21 of 35 for 254 yards. He also rushed for 95 yards on five carries, including a 69-yard burst in the third quarter.
Carolina?s 548 total yards marked a franchise record.
Running back Jonathan Stewart picked up a season-high 110 rushing yards on 17 attempts. Carolina racked up more than 200 rushing yards for the second game in a row, a first-time achievement for the franchise.
The Dolphins (4-5) lost their third game in a row.
Miami quarterback Jay Cutler completed 22 of 37 passes for 213 yards. He threw for two touchdowns, including a 9-yard strike to Jarvis Landry with 4:05 to play.
The Panthers went up 24-7 on the first possession of the second half when Funchess scored on a 28-yard screen pass from Newton.
Carolina got the ball back by stopping Miami?s fourth-and-1 play from the Dolphins? 49. The Panthers cashed in with running back Cameron Artis-Payne?s 12-yard touchdown run.
The Panthers led 17-7 at halftime, in part because of a Dolphins gaffe late in the half.
Miami forced a punt and took over at its own 20-yard line with 47 seconds left, but Cutler?s pass was intercepted by linebacker Luke Kuechly. With an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty tacked on, it gave Carolina possession at the Miami 20.
The Panthers converted on Newton?s 7-yard touchdown pass to tight end Ed Dickson at the 19-second mark.
The Dolphins closed the gap with 2:12 left in the half when Cutler?s flip pass to tight end Julius Thomas for a TD.