Cam Newton Report Card: Grading Carolina Panthers QB in Week 6 Loss to Falcons

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Cam Newton Report Card: Grading Carolina Panthers QB in Week 6 Loss to Falcons
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Cam Newton walks off the field at the Georgia Dome during the Carolina Panthers' 31-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

As Cam Newton goes, so goes Carolina, and that is not necessarily a bad thing. Nor was it a bad thing for much of the Carolina Panthers' Week 6 game in Atlanta.

Cam Newton, the city of Charlotte and all of the Carolinas had high hopes for a solid performance and a successful outcome entering Sunday’s NFC South showdown between the Carolina Panthers and the Atlanta Falcons. 

Newton, the Panthers' quarterback and reigning NFL Rookie of the Month, hoped to play well in his professional debut in his home state of Georgia.

The Panthers hoped to make good on their promise to do more than just play competitively and finally secure a breakthrough win against a quality opponent after coming close but falling short several times this season.

Though the Panthers quarterback played great for the first three quarters of the game, "Super Cam" eventually came back down to Earth and finally played—and even looked—like a rookie late in his team’s 31-17 loss to its NFC South rivals as Newton's shaky performance in clutch situations cost Carolina the chance to beat the Dirty Birds.

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