Young Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton had the pleasure of playing in his first National Football League playoff game on Sunday. What he did not have the pleasure of doing, however, was winning the game, as the 49ers easily took care of Newton and the Panthers, 23-10.
Still, there’s a first time for everything, and that will more than likely not be the last time Newton sees postseason play.
So, in his mind, what was the main difference between all of the regular season games that he’s played and the one playoff game that he’s finished?
“Playoff football is a different speed than regular season. I learned that firsthand today,” Newton said, via the team’s official website. “You have to seize the moment when the moment allows. We had too many opportunities that slipped through our hands, and that was just the story of the day.”
It was clearly evident at times that Newton was having trouble with the added speed in the game as he tried to stave off the vaunted 49ers defensive pressure. But, that’s something that he’ll get acclimated to with more appearances, which again, I’m sure he plans on doing in the near future with this team.