The Cam Newton-Robert Griffin III showdown was kind of a dud, really.
Newton threw for 201 yards and ran for 37, while RGIII threw for 215 and ran for 53. Together they produced just two touchdowns.
But the Carolina Panthers and Newton -- the veteran in his second year -- got the best of the Redskins and their rookie quarterback Sunday, winning 21-13 in Washington.
Newton threw for a touchdown and ran for another, as the 2-6 Panthers scraped up just enough offence to avoid defeat for the first time since Week 2.
Afterward, some Panthers said they were incensed that the Redskins had billed the game as a "Homecoming" for their fans, something college teams schedule around an expected easy victory.
"(It) was kind of embarrassing," Newton said. "And that was a challenge. I think some of the guys took that and put it as a chip on their shoulder."
Griffin and the Redskins never seemed to recover after a fantastic second-quarter drive -- 78 yards in 16 plays that took more than 10 minutes off the clock -- ended in disaster. Skins coach Mike Shanahan elected to go for it on fourth-and-goal at the Carolina two-yard line, but Griffin was stopped for no gain.
Newton, with blood dripping from a cut on his right thumb, then led the Panthers on a 98-yard TD march to go up 14-3.
"We're both two young quarterbacks in this league, trying to get better, trying to lead our teams to victory," Griffin said. "I told (Newton) that I think his team has a lot of talent and the possibilities are endless for them. I feel the same about our team."
Er, not this year.