The Panthers signal caller also threw an interception and was sacked six times.
It was another uneventful day for special teams in a game where the offense struggled to get past the 50-yard line.
The rest of the National Football League is seeing the results. The reporter whose question to Carolina Panther's Cam Newton was answered with a remark that sparked controversy and led to an apology from the... This time Newton dropped back and a launched a perfectly thrown pass to wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin for a 31-yard score.
"The biggest thing more so than anything else is just the trust, the trust factor and Cam making decisions", coach Ron Rivera said. I wish I could say that is part of what I signed up for. Hot starts can be derailed just as fast as slow starts can get back on track. He really didn't have a training camp. I think that's a huge plus for him.
Usually the rushing attack is a good foundation for the Carolina Panthers.
Carolina moves to 4-1 this season with the victory and takes over sole possession of first place in the NFC South with Atlanta (3-1) on its bye week.
Although the Lions have done some promising things in 2017, the loss at home left them right where they finished last season - a game behind Green Bay atop the NFC North.
Three thoughts from the Panthers 27-24 win over the Lions.
Kuechly, who took accountability for too many missed tackles, conveyed the same message after a second straight victory that was more dramatic than he would have liked. The Panthers quarterback said he's officially ready to put it all behind him.
Tight ends for both teams had breakout games.
"We have the ability to close these teams out", said Dickson, who had a career-high 175 yards on five catches against the Lions.
The message to Carolina Panthers tight end Ed Dickson came in a tweet on Sunday. The Lions trailed 27-10 going into the fourth, but scored two touchdowns in a stretch of 1:36 to cut the Panthers lead to a field goal with just more than three minutes left in the game.
Newton arrived at Ford Field with a pin in his hat showing the image of "Rosie the Riveter" from the iconic "We Can Do It" poster. Newton additionally received criticism from the Association for Women in Sports Media, deeming the comments "very discouraging".
"They can (boo me) all they want to", Ebron said.
"Rosie the Riveter" was an image featured in a campaign by the USA government to recruit female workers during World War II.
After Rodrigue questioned Newton on Wednesday about wide receiver Devin Funchess, the seven-year pro chuckled at the query, adding, "It's amusing to hear a female talk about routes like ... it's amusing".
But hearing the comments to Jourdan Rodrigue from Cam Newton that it's "funny for a female to talk about routes" not only made me realize I was not alone. She apologized October 5 for racist tweets that resurfaced following Newton's comments from 2012 and 2013, stating "There is no excuse for these tweets and the sentiment behind them".
This matchup Thursday night could be a playoff preview in the months ahead, but in the meantime, the Panthers are focused on winning each week.
"We went through a rough patch early on with the quarterback because he was still working himself back into football shape", Rivera said.
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