Taylor Heinicke lifts Washington past Cam Newton, Panthers

Taylor Heinicke threw three touchdown passes to upstage former teammate Cam Newton, helping the Washington Football Team post a 27-21 win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday in Charlotte, N.C.Newton was playing his first home game with the Panthers since 2019. He was signed as a free agent prior to last weekend’s upset victory at Arizona.Yet it was a good homecoming for Washington coach Ron Rivera, who guided the Panthers to the Super Bowl in the 2015 season. He was fired during the 2019 season.Heinicke completed 16 of 22 passes for 206 yards for Washington (4-6). Terry McLaurin made five catches for 103 yards and a touchdown, and Antonio Gibson gained 95 yards on 19 carries.Newton threw for 189 yards on 21-for-27 passing with two touchdowns.Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey had 60 receiving yards and 59 rushing yards – both team highs.Washington’s Joey Slye, also a former Panther, kicked a 36-yard field goal with 4:23 remaining to break a tie. That 12-play drive included a fourth-and-3 conversion.The Panthers failed to pick up a first down on their ensuing possession. By the time Slye kicked a 29-yard field goal with 1:54 left, Carolina was out of timeouts.The Panthers had one first down before Newton was sacked on fourth down, sealing the outcome.