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Newton, Defense Lead Panthers Past Rams 30-15

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Cam Newton completed 15 of 17 passes for 204 yards and a touchdown and the Carolina Panthers defeated the St. Louis Rams 30-15 in a heated game Sunday.

The Rams (3-4) lost their cool with several personal foul penalties - and then lost  quarterback Sam Bradford to an apparent left knee injury late in the fourth quarter. The extent of the injury is unknown.  Bradford was running toward the sideline when he was pushed out of bounds by safety Mike Mitchell and came up holding his left knee. He was carted to the locker room.

Panthers quarterback Captain Munnerlyn intercepted Bradford on the game's first play and returned it 35 yards for a score. Bradford had a long TD pass called back on a penalty.

The Rams were flagged for five personal fouls and Chris Long was ejected for throwing a punch at Carolina offensive lineman Chris Scott during the third quarter.  A melee involving several players ensued after Panthers offensive tackle and Rams defensive end Robert Quinn got into a shoving match after the completion of a play.  More than a dozen players joined in a fracas, including Long.  Long was ejected after officials ruled he threw a punch amid a pile of players.

After the flag was thrown Carolina tight end Ben Hartsock mockingly tried to escort Long to the locker room, pointing in that direction. The 15-yard penalty led to a field goal.

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