Carolina Panthers wide receiver Devin Funchess (17) celebrates his touchdown reception with quarterback Cam Newton (1) in the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Devin Funchess (17) celebrates his touchdown reception with quarterback Cam Newton (1) in the second half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

NFL roundup: Newton, Panthers gunning for own perfection

NEW ORLEANS — Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers displayed composure in the clutch. That’s what unbeaten teams do.

Newton passed for five touchdowns, capped by a 15-yard scoring strike to Jerricho Cotchery with 1:05 to go, and the Panthers clinched the NFC South with a 41-38 victory over the Saints on Sunday.

“I expected us to win the football game,” Newton said, adding he wasn’t pleased by how tight the game got at the end against the reeling Saints (4-8), who’ve lost four straight. “We’ve got to find ways moving forward not to put ourselves in this position. This was a wakeup call for us. And moving forward, we know we can’t just win games by us showing up.”
Carolina, the only remaining undefeated team in the NFL, has the ninth 12-0 start in the Super Bowl era. The Panthers have won 16 straight regular-season games, a streak that began in the Superdome last season.

NFL Sunday results
Eagles 35, Patriots 28
Broncos 17, Chargers 3
Steelers 45, Colts 10
Seahawks 38, Vikings 7
Bills 30, Texans 21
Bengals 37, Browns 3
Dolphins 15, Ravens 13
Jets 23, Giants 20
Cardinals 27, Rams 3
Buccaneers 23, Falcons 19
Titans 42, Jaguars 39

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