Jan 12, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) throws under pressure from San Francisco 49ers nose tackle Glenn Dorsey (90) during the first quarter of the 2013 NFC divisional playoff football game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Panthers QB Cam Newton’s head snaps back on helmet-to-helmet hit (GIF)


Jan 12, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) throws under pressure from San Francisco 49ers nose tackle Glenn Dorsey (90) during the first quarter of the 2013 NFC divisional playoff football game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco 49ers are having their way with the Carolina Panthers in their NFC Divisional Round playoff game. Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was rolling out when he was greeted by linebacker Dan Skuta.

It looks like Skuta’s helmet, though it could’ve been the top of his shoulder pad, goes right into Newton’s facemask. Newton’s head jerks back like New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees’ did when he was sacked by Ahmad Brooks earlier this season.

It is pretty scary to watch that happen in slow-mo. Newton looks like he almost loses the ball too, but he managed to hang on.

[h/t] Cork Gaines

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Tags: Carolina Panthers San Francisco 49ers

  • Robert Dwight

    That was a pathetic call by the refs.

  • John Lopez

    if you wouldve added three more seconds to your biased video you would see Skuta committed to hitting Cam in the back while Cam turns into Skuta’s helmet

  • Sam Gonzalez

    Bad call by Ref’s! Cam ran into Skuta, not the other way around.