Cam Newton tops rookie passing mark

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Panthers quarterback Cam Newton broke Peyton Manning's single-season rookie record for most yards passing in a season in Carolina's 48-16 win over Tampa Bay Saturday.

Manning's record was 3,739 yards.

Newton came in needing 18 yards to break the record and did it with a 7-yard completion to Brandon LaFell on the game's first drive. Newton was 3 for 3 on the opening drive for 20 yards as the Panthers scored on a nine-play, 80-yard touchdown drive.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.