EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Cam Newton continued to add to his legacy as a dual-threat quarterback as the undefeated Carolina Panthers went into halftime of Sunday’s game against the New York Giants with a 21-7 lead.
Newton’s 47-yard run on Carolina’s second series made him the first player in NFL history to pass for 3,000 yards and rush for 500 yards in each of his first five seasons. He already owned the record at four.
The run set up a 3-yard touchdown pass to Ted Ginn Jr., who has at least one touchdown catch in three straight games and a career-best nine for the season.
Newton added a 37-yard touchdown pass to tight end Greg Olsen with 2:14 left in the half to give him nine games this year with at least two TD passes.
He added a third to rookie Devin Funchess with 15 seconds left in the half on a two-minute drive on which he was at his best.
Newton also was Carolina’s ground game, with running back Jonathan Stewart out with a sprained foot sustained in last week’s win over Atlanta.
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The Panthers were lucky to be ahead, though. Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. dropped a pass on which he was wide open that would have been a touchdown on the game’s first series.
New York defensive back Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie dropped an interception that would have been a pick-six.