Newton downs Jets

  • Last Updated: December 16 2013, 9:15 GMT

Cam Newton threw for 273 yards and a touchdown and Captain Munnerlyn had two sacks and returned an interception for a score as the Carolina Panthers defeated the New York Jets 30-20.

Cam Newton: Threw for 273 yards and a touchdown
Cam Newton: Threw for 273 yards and a touchdown

Carolina's victory, combined with New Orleans' 27-16 loss to St Louis on Sunday, pulled the Panthers (10-4) even with the Saints in the NFC South with the teams playing next Sunday in Charlotte.

Carolina can capture the division title and a first-round bye in the NFC play-offs by winning its next two games.

"We control our own destiny once again, which is great for us," said Newton, who improved to 23-23 as a starting NFL quarterback.

Newton injured his right toe just before half-time, but remained in the game and never missed a snap. He was an efficient 16 of 24 passing, including a 72-yard touchdown on a screen pass to DeAngelo Williams.

Williams, who saw increased action with Jonathan Stewart, had 81 yards rushing and 87 yards receiving.

Jeff Cumberland had a touchdown catch, and rookie defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson bulldozed his way for a o-yard touchdown run on a goal-line play for the Jets.

The turning point came in the fourth quarter with the Panthers leading 16-13.

The Jets had a chance to take the lead, but failed to pick up a first down and Ryan Quigley's punt was blocked by Jason Williams and downed at the Jets 14. Four plays later, Mike Tolbert bowled his way into the end zone on a one-yard run to make it a two-possession game.

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