Each week we take a look at what worked, what didn't and what you might have missed. This week, we pay special attention to plays involving Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.
What: Panthers QB Cam Newton connects with TE
Down: Third and five
Time: 4:18 left in first quarter
Here Newton zones in on his primary receiver, Greg Olsen (88), prior to the snap. The 6-foot-5 tight end has the advantage on safety T.J. McDonald (6-foot-2), but simply spins to the open middle of the field and gives Newton an easy throw to make for the score.
"When he got a head-start release, it was pretty much good riddance after that," Newton said of the play.
What: Rams DE
Down: Second and 10
Time: 6:29 left in the second quarter
Newton spoke to the NFL in the week leading up to Carolina's trip to L.A. about how defenders haven't been flagged for roughing the passer against him despite issuing illegal hits. Following this play, he should probably talk with left tackle Mike Remmers (74) or running back
What: Rams RB
Down: First and 10
Time: 4:48 left in second quarter
While Gurley (30) only had 12 total carries, his longest of the season — an 18-yard run — came out of the wildcat formation. Panthers middle linebacker
What: Rams LB/S
Down: Second and nine
Time: 5:03 left in third quarter
Following the game Newton was asked if he felt like he received better treatment from the referees, to which he replied: "I'm not worried about that. Just trying to find ways to win."
Apparently, after reviewing the tape, the Panthers have decided he didn't and have sent tape of his sack by Mark Barron (26) to the league for further review, according to an ESPN report.
Barron gets an open lane and goes unimpeded to Newton in the pocket. He appears to lead with his shoulder, but his forearm comes out a bit on the hit.
What: Rams QB
Down: Second and 10
Time: 1:30 left in fourth quarter
The Rams' longest drive (15 plays) came on their last possession of the game. Here Keenum has linebacker