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This performance brought Cam a passer rating of 127.5, his highest yet.
With Carolina's win over the Indianapolis Colts, Newton became the fourth rookie quarterback to pass for over 3,000 yards in his first season, joining Peyton Manning, Matt Ryan, and Sam Bradford.
The Panthers recorded their first victory of the season against the Jacksonville Jaguars 16–10. The Panthers played the Atlanta Falcons, losing 31–17 while passing for 237 yards with no passing touchdowns.
Newton increased his team's record to 2–5 with a week 7 win over the Washington Redskins 33–20.
Newton is the only player in the modern era to be awarded the Heisman Trophy, win a national championship, and become the first overall pick in an NFL draft within a one-year span.
He was the 2011 NFL Rookie of the Year, is a three-time Pro Bowler, and was named to the NFL All Pro First Team in 2015.
Reactions were so strong that some even accused Richardson of racism.
On December 24, 2011, in a 48–16 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Newton threw for 171 yards and 3 touchdowns and also rushed for 65 yards and a score.Newton set the NFL rushing touchdown record for quarterbacks on December 4, 2011, rushing for his 13th touchdown of the season in the fourth quarter against Tampa Bay.