What seemed like your typical two-yard Cam Newton touchdown run to give the Panthers the lead over the Broncos was actually a historic moment. With that play, the sixth-year veteran passed Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young to break two NFL records, per Black & Blue Review.
First, and somewhat surprisingly, Newton’s 44th career rushing touchdown run sets a new mark for signal-callers since 1970. Given some of the great scramblers to play the game — Michael Vick is just one special talent that comes to mind — it’s almost hard to believe Young held the record as long as he did. Of course, few modern mobile quarterbacks were also 6-foot-5, 245 pounds and a regular option on the goal line either.
On this statistic, it’s worth noting that at only 27 years of age, Newton is only getting started. He’s going to blow Young’s old mark way out of the water at this rate.
Newton’s second new record might be the even more impressive of the two though. This was his 32nd career game with at least one touchdown passing and one throwing, also eclipsing Young. Again, Newton will have the opportunity to put this way one way out of reach for awhile too.
Now if the Panthers can only come away with a win over the Broncos and avenge their loss in the Super Bowl, Newton might be in more of a mood to celebrate.