Rivera, Newton have shot at history

Carolina coach Ron Rivera and quarterback Cam Newton have a chance to make history Sunday in Arizona.

Since 1970, only four new head coaches have opened their season on the road with rookie quarterbacks. Only one of those combinations has produced a win in the opener. Here’s a look at the history of new coaches starting rookie quarterbacks in openers on the road.

On the bright side of history, Newton’s had success at University of Phoenix Stadium. That’s where he played his final collegiate game. He led Auburn to a BCS National Championship with a 22-19 victory against Oregon on Jan. 11. In that game, Newton completed 20 of 34 passes for 265 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.