Add a bunch more accolades to Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton’s list of accomplishments in 2015.
The Elias Sports Bureau notes that Newton is the first player to have at least 340 passing yards and 100 rushing yards in the same game, and is also the first to have five touchdown passes and 100 rushing yards in the same game. It's the third time this season that he has thrown five touchdown passes, which (with Elias' research) puts him on this notable list.
Newton now has five seasons with at least 3,000 passing yards and 500 rushing yards. That’s the most in NFL history.
Newton became the fourth different quarterback to win at least 17 straight regular-season starts in the Super Bowl era. Elias notes that the other three are Peyton Manning (23, 2008-2009 and 17, 2012-2013), Tom Brady (21, 2006-2008 and 18, 2003-2004) and Jim McMahon (22, 1984-1987).
The 100 rushing yards elevated Newton from 16th all-time in rushing yards by a quarterback to 13th, passing Tuffy Leemans, Tobin Rote and Bill Dudley (Rote was the last of those three to be active -- he last played in 1966). The next two quarterbacks in front of Newton, who now has 3,151 rushing yards, are John Elway (3,407) and Donovan McNabb (3,459).
Newton has now thrown 19 touchdowns, rushed for two touchdowns and thrown only one interception in his past six games.