Unquestionably the top goal-line running threat in the history of his position, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton cemented his status in Thursday's 21-20 loss to the Denver Broncos, taking sole possession of the NFL record for career rushing touchdowns by a quarterback, per Sportsnet Stats.
Newton entered the night tied with Hall of Famer Steve Young at 43 career rushing scores, leaving little doubt the 27-year-old would have the record for his own within the first weeks of the season.
Apparently not interested in waiting too long, Newton scampered around the right side for a two-yard touchdown run late in the second quarter, giving him sole possession of the all-time quarterback record for rushing touchdowns (44) in a career.
The play broke a 7-7 tie and gave Carolina a 14-7 lead, which was extended to 17-7 by halftime on a field goal by kicker Graham Gano.
The second half, however, was a much different story, with Carolina limited to just three points while the Broncos put up 14.
Despite stepping up in a big way in the second half, Denver's fantastic defense ended up hanging on for dear life when Newton drove his team into field-goal range on the last drive of the game.
Alas, Gano missed a 50-yard field-goal attempt wide left, depriving the Panthers of their shot to get a small measure of revenge for last season's Super Bowl loss to the Broncos.
Newton also broke another one of Young's records Thursday night, becoming the first quarterback in league history to record both a rushing touchdown and passing touchdown in 32 regular-season games.