ATLANTA — (Wire Service Report – Special to Digital Sports Desk) – Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was diagnosed with a concussion Sunday and was not available for postseason interviews, which is in accordance with NFL rules. Newton left the game in the fourth quarter to be evaluated for a head injury.
He eased up running with the ball before floating a pass attempt on a two-point try. Falcons rookie linebacker Deion Jones clobbered Newton, who had connected with wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin on 6-yard touchdown pass on the previous play. Newton has been sacked 13 times this season and is the team’s leading rusher.
Newton was 14 of 25 passing for 165 yards Sunday at Atlanta. He was replaced by veteran backup Derek Anderson, who threw touchdown passes of 14 yards to Greg Olsen and 16 yards to Corey Brown before Robert Alford’s first of two late interceptions and 30-yard TD return closed out the Atlanta victory.