It was a breakthrough performance for a quarterback coming off a colossally disappointing 2016 season and offseason shoulder surgery.
Two plays later, Carolina tied the game at 10-10 with 11:04 remaining in the second quarter on a 6-yard touchdown pass from Newton to running back Christian McCaffrey.
After he spent three seasons in Arizona, usually relegated to blocking, the Detroit Lions signed him in March.
"He's in his third season for us and he's got big-play ability because of his size, his speed, his quickness", said Carolina coach Ron Rivera. Once he gave Newton a little more freedom to take off, so did the entire offense.
"I feel alright", he said.
Here's everything you need to know to watch the game, or follow along as we bring you the latest score, live updates, photos and video highlights in the comments section below. They've been forced to adjust with Newton's favorite target, tight end Greg Olsen, on injured reserve with a fractured foot. "That involves a lot of people, though, not just the offensive line". "And to be honest, that was not my intentions". That's why I expect the Lions to win. They mix it up quite well, but they are physical.
Newton was the subject of much criticism after saying he found it "funny" to hear a female talk about passing routes when he was asked a question about routes by Charlotte Observer beat writer Jourdan Rodrigue.
The Carolina Panthers (3-1) are in a great start and they even showed poise by beating the Patriots last week. On Sunday, he let his play do the talking, as he went into Detroit and shredded the Lions defense. "I wish I would have played better earlier in the game, but I appreciate the effort our guys had".
The Panthers entered Sunday tied for fourth in the National Football League in points allowed, giving up just 17.5 per game.
While conceding that Brady and Stafford "are so good they can cut you up fast", Kuechly said he needs to be better.
In fact, the teams haven't met since 2014, a 24-7 Carolina victory.
After throwing a 4-yard touchdown pass to Darren Fells on that series, Stafford limped immediately to sideline, where he sat on the bench as trainers wrapped his right ankle heavily with tape over his shoe.
Dickson had two big plays in the first half, and both set up scores for the Panthers. I'm a man who tries to be a positive role model to my community and tries to use my platform to inspire others. "I want to see him break it next week against Berkley and he'll be in the record books for that".
"That was the hardest catch I ever made". Add that to his huge game in the win over the Patriots, and Newton has 671 yards for 10.82 YPA and six touchdowns against one interception the last two weeks.
Three players- left tackle Matt Kalil and defensive ends Mario Addison and Julius Peppers are tagged questionable against Detroit. That was attributed to the loss of top-tier cover linebacker DeAndre Levy to injury, and the Lions drafted Florida's Jarrad Davis to help.