Panthers' Jonathan Stewart dominates the Vikings, scores 3 times on Sunday

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The Carolina Panthers had to do something special to beat the Minnesota Vikings Sunday, and they did. They later tied it a couple minutes later after a Cam Newton interception, but Cam had the last laugh in the late win.

"The mindset is something that we talk about all of the time", Davis said. "We probably didn't deserve to win".

Just like that, the Vikings had a chance to steal the game.

The Vikings' eight-game winning streak is over.

"I've played against him a lot, but a lot of those practices I wasn't 100 percent". We have to be very alert with everything that they're throwing at us. Possibly the best overall athlete to ever play the position, Peppers has always dazzled with his seemingly effortless style of play that often leads to bad days for quarterbacks. He did not miss time during the game.

"The offensive line did a good job from the beginning, setting the tone", Stewart said. He reached the end zone on a pair of short yard runs plus a 60-yard breakaway run for the first points of the game.

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The Vikings failed to pick up a first down after Carolina's go-ahead score. That allowed Newton to join Randall Cunningham and Mike Vick as the only National Football League quarterbacks to rush for at least 500 yards in six different seasons. Yet the unit held their own against a defense that brought pressure often.

Reiff left the game with an ankle injury late in the third quarter. "They made a few good blocks, and he saw a hole and ran through it", Rhodes added.

"It definitely would have changed the game, but that was the first half", wide receiver Stefon Diggs said of the overturned touchdown. The loss was frustrating in many ways, but with so many miscues on the road, a seven-point loss in a game where seemingly nothing went right will give fans hope going forward and maybe give the team a renewed focus going forward. His drop at the goal line of a well-thrown ball bounced off his chest hurt the team early, and may have come back to bite them.

On Carolina's next possession, Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo intercepted Newton on a ball that sailed off the hands of Christian McCaffrey and returned it to the Carolina 6. I thought they'd do well to win three, and might be able to survive winning just two. He was coming off three straight 1,000 yard seasons and is by far Newton's favorite target. The Vikings were a step behind all day, which is why they were grasping at facemasks. One by Rudolph in open space, another by Adam Thielen at the corner of the endzone-and you could even say Thielen had another one on the same drive for a second potential touchdown. He also pulled a Houdini act in the third quarter, escaping a sack and then firing a dart to Devin Funchess for an 18-yard touchdown.

At 10-2, Minnesota is in the thick of the race for the No. 1 NFC playoff slot.

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