He still was wearing the big smile he had on his final play -- a 9-yard touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin -- as he literally leaped a yellow security rope on his way to the locker room.
The 2015 NFL MVP led the Panthers 75 yards in 10 plays, the final one a toss to Benjamin on a slant route that looked ridiculously easy.
It's next stop regular season for Cam Newton after the Panthers QB completed both of his attempts for 21 yards and a touchdown Thursday at Jacksonville.
He still hasn't proved his shoulder can handle the wear and tear of a complete game in which he's asked to carry the load with his right arm.
"I'd be lying if I said he wasn't a little extra excited to be out there tonight," said center Ryan Kalil , playing for the first time since his 2016 season ended because of a shoulder injury in October.
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