All eyes were focused on Carolina's Cam Newton and Washington's Robert Griffin III Sunday, as two of the NFL's youngest and most dynamic signal-callers led their teams into action at Fed Ex Field. But when all was said and done, Cam led the Panthers to a 21-13 win over the Redskins, with a mistake-free performance that was highlighted by a touchdown run.
Washington (3-6) was also stymied by a pair of Carolina players who were actually on the trading block last week.
As late as Thursday, rumors swirled about the future of Panthers receiver Steve Smith and running back DeAngelo Williams (per Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer). But both men suited up and scored against the Redskins, after Carolina (2-6) turned down multiple offers for their services.
There was one good statistic that came out of Washington's defeat. Early in the second half, Griffin and sixth-round draft choice Alfred Morris became the first rookie quarterback/running back combination to reach 500 yards rushing. That feat had never been accomplished before in NFL history.
To view Washington's winners and losers from Sunday's game, please continue reading our featured slideshow, which ends with a statistic that may surprise followers of Tuesday's Presidential election.