Miami Dolphins @ Carolina Panthers: Monday Night NFL on Sky Sports

Cam Newton threw four touchdown passes and the Carolina Panthers pounded the Miami Dolphins in a 45-21 victory on Monday at Bank of America Stadium.

Both the Dolphins (4-4) and the Panthers (6-3) are flirting with the playoffs, with Carolina now occupying a Wild Card spot in the NFC, while Miami just sit outside of the top six spots in the AFC.

Week 10 of the NFL regular season wraps up tonight with the Carolina Panthers sharing the prime-time national spotlight with an unfamiliar foe from the AFC.

Carolina's 548 total yards marked a franchise record.

Newton was 21 of 35 for 254 yards.

After just a field goal in the first quarter, Carolina's offense got rolling as the game went on. Sure, it was in a losing effort against the Oakland Raiders, but their 395 yards was a season high. Sixteen of Funchess' catches - and three touchdowns - have come on third down with three-to-eight yards to gain.

The Dolphins (4-5) lost their third game in a row. Funchess has averaged 17.8 yards per catch and garnered 6.5 targets over the last two games. The above stats make for pretty grim reading if you're a Dolphins fan, but Cutler and Miami are actually coming into this one off the back of their best offensive performance of the season.

Stewart trails former Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams (18) for the most 100-yard rushing games in franchise history.

The Panthers led 17-7 at halftime, in part because of a Dolphins gaffe late in the half. With an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty tacked on, it gave Carolina possession at the Miami 20.

The defense played spectacularly in the first half, giving up only one touchdown on a well-designed pitch pass from Jay Cutler to tight end Julius Thomas.

Vanessa Coleman

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