Heinicke, Washington spoil Newton’s homecoming 27-21

Carolina Panthers

Washington Football Team quarterback Taylor Heinicke passes against the Carolina Panthers during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Rusty Jones)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Washington spoiled Cam Newton’s return to Bank of America Stadium with a 27-21 win over the Carolina Panthers.

Taylor Heinicke threw for 206 yards and three touchdowns against the league’s top-ranked pass defense. Terry McLaurin had five catches for 103 yards and a touchdown. Washington outscored Carolina 13-7 in the second half.

Newton was making his first start since signing a one-year contract to return to the Panthers. He threw for 189 yards and two touchdowns and ran for a 24-yard touchdown. But Newton’s final two potential game-winning drives ended when the Panthers turned the ball over on downs.

Newton was sacked with 1:11 left to seal the win for Washington and former Panthers coach Ron Rivera.

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