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          === Newton gets better of Griffin as Panthers top 'Skins ===
 
 Landover,  MD  (Sports  Network) -  Cam  Newton  threw  for  201 yards  and  a
 touchdown,  while rushing  for another score, as the Carolina Panthers upended
 the Washington Redskins, 21-13, in Week 9 action.
 
 DeAngelo  Williams  also crossed the goal  line on a rush and Jonathan Stewart
 totaled 51 yards on 10 carries for the Panthers (2-6), who snapped a five-game
 losing skid and spoiled the hosts' Homecoming celebration.
 
 "I  think  it was  ridiculous, that  this was  their homecoming,  and it was a
 situation   that   was  embarrassing,"   Williams  said.  "It  was  definitely
 motivating. You don't do that in the NFL, you do it in college."
 
 Steve Smith contributed 41 yards and a TD reception on three catches.
 
 Robert Griffin III finished 23-of-39 passing for 215 yards, adding 53 yards on
 11 carries for the Redskins (3-6), losers in three straight contests.
 
 Evan  Royster posted  the lone Washington touchdown and Kai Forbath booted two
 field goals in defeat.
 
 "You  lose a game  like this, you're definitely evaluating who will be on this
 football  team  for years  to come,"  said Redskins  head coach Mike Shanahan.
 "I'll get a good chance to see where we're at."
 
 Down  by  15 points, the  Redskins embarked  on a final  push with the ball at
 their  own 40  after a  missed field  goal and  4:22 remaining  in regulation.
 Griffin had a three-yard dash to the end zone wiped out by a holding call with
 1:57  to  play, and a late  hit on his rush  to the right sideline on the next
 play preceded an illegal formation call which negated another potential score.
 
 Two  plays later, Royster  ran in from the two for his first pro touchdown and
 pulled Washington to 21-13 with 1:28 to go.
 
 Forbath  attempted  an onside kick, but  Smith cradled the ball near midfield.
 Carolina  wasted  all but  17 seconds  off the  clock in  moving the ball four
 yards,  then  stuffed Redskins' Brandon Banks  on the final play of regulation
 for a nine yard loss.
 
 "Times have been tough, but this was a huge morale thing," Smith admitted.
 
 Forbath's  47-yard  make capped  Washington's  first  series of  the  contest,
 one  which chewed up 6:45 of the clock and moved 68 yards, providing the hosts
 with a 3-0 edge.
 
 Carolina  countered on the following series, needing seven plays to take a 7-3
 lead  after  Williams tiptoed  his way  down the right  sideline for a 30-yard
 score.
 
 The  Redskins reached the Panthers' 2-yard line with just over five minutes to
 play  in the half, but Griffin's rush on 4th-and-goal was halted well short of
 the goal line.
 
 On the ensuing possession, Smith's leaping grab of a Newton pass for a 19-yard
 touchdown  made it  14-3 with 57 seconds left before halftime and punctuated a
 98-yard march.
 
 Forbath's  25-yarder  cut Washington's deficit  to 14-6 with 6:02 remaining in
 the third quarter.
 
 Early  in the  fourth, Newton  floated a  ball on  the left  side for  Armanti
 Edwards,  who  raced 82  yards to the  hosts' 9-yard line.  Two plays later, a
 defensive  pass interference  call placed the ball at the one, and Newton dove
 over the goal line on the next down for a 21-6 game.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Newton completed 13-of-23 passes and rushed for 37 yards ... Though Washington
 has  won  7 of the  11 all-time meetings,  Carolina has taken  4 of the last 5
 matchups  since 2003  ... Sunday's clash marked the first time ever that back-
 to-back  Heisman Trophy  winners faced each other in the following season that
 both played in the NFL.
 
 
 
 11/04 20:32:44 ET

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