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Panthers' Perfect Season Ends In Loss To Falcons...

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–It seemed that many had already ruled the MVP race over, but front-runner Cam Newton (+0.5 game grade) opened the door with a subpar performance that isn’t representative of his recent performance. Facing more pressure than he is accustomed to (15 of 34 dropbacks), he struggled to make plays with his arm all day long. He only completed three passes thrown 10 or more yards downfield all day, and while it would be nice to blame that on drops, his receivers only dropped two this week. The Falcons defense got the better of him, and highlighted a potential Achilles heel of Newton’s: His passer rating drops by 53 points when facing pressure, compared to the 27-point drop the average NFL quarterback experiences.


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