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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Cam Newton walked into the press conference Sunday afternoon, flashed that familiar smile and gave a tip of the hat to his former college team.
‘‘War Eagle. War Eagle. War. Damn. Eagle,’’ Newton said.
Less than 24 hours after the Auburn Tigers pulled off an incredible victory over No. 1 Alabama, Newton had another reason to smile.
Carolina’s third-year quarterback capped a memorable weekend by throwing for 263 yards and two touchdowns and ‘‘Superman’’ leaped over the pile for another score as the Panthers (9-3) defeated Tampa Bay, 27-6, on Sunday for a franchise-record eighth straight regular-season victory.
The victory set up a huge game next Sunday night in New Orleans against the Saints with first place in the NFC South on the line.