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Kawann Short up, Cam Newton down in Panthers' win

A look at Carolina Panthers players who were "up" and those that were "down" in Sunday's 27-16 win against the Philadelphia Eagles at Bank of America Stadium:

UP

Kawann Short: A week after being named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week, the defensive tackle put up even better numbers. Short had eight tackles, three sacks, four tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a batted down pass to keep pressure on quarterback Sam Bradford all night. He’s setting the tone for the middle of this defense.

Ted Ginn Jr.: He clearly has established himself as Carolina’s top wide receiver. He had a 43-yard reverse that was his longest career run and longer than his previous eight runs since 2012. That set up a touchdown late in the first half. He also caught five passes for 59 yards, including two that led to a touchdown on Carolina’s opening drive of the second half.

Mike Tolbert and Jonathan Stewart: Nicknamed “Bowling Ball," among other things, Tolbert scored two touchdowns -- the second a 2-yard, third-quarter catch in which he bounced off and went through at least four defenders. He had an 11-yard run in the third quarter that was as fun to watch as any in the game. Stewart set the tone with 125 yards rushing on 24 carries.

DOWN

Cam Newton: He had three interceptions, although it’s hard to blame two on him. The first was the result of Ted Ginn Jr. being stripped of the ball as he went down. It appeared to be a catch and fumble instead of an interception, but interception was the official call. The third went off the hands of wide receiver Devin Funchess. Regardless, this was his weakest effort of the season as he had a quarterback rating of 59.2.

Charles Tillman: He was introduced as the starter, but Bene' Benwikere came out as the every down corner early. On Ryan Mathews' 63-yard touchdown run, Tillman couldn’t get off a block and didn’t stand a chance trying to run down the back.

Devin Funchess: The rookie wide receiver had a big 20-yard catch, but the pass he tipped into the air for an interception looked like several he’s had in the past few weeks and kept the Eagles in this one.