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Cam Newton throws for 2 TDs, runs for 1 as Panthers beat Bucs 27-6 for 8th straight victory

  • Carolina Panthers' A.J. Klein (56) sacks Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon (8) in the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

    Carolina Panthers' A.J. Klein (56) sacks Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon (8) in the second half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)  (The Associated Press)

  • Carolina Panthers' Drayton Florence (29) knocks the ball from Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Chris Owusu (80) in the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)

    Carolina Panthers' Drayton Florence (29) knocks the ball from Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Chris Owusu (80) in the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)  (The Associated Press)

  • Carolina Panthers' Mike Tolbert (35) runs past Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Mason Foster (59) in the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

    Carolina Panthers' Mike Tolbert (35) runs past Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Mason Foster (59) in the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)  (The Associated Press)

Cam Newton threw for 263 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score, and the Carolina Panthers defeated Tampa Bay 27-6 Sunday for a franchise-record eighth straight regular-season victory.

Newton threw touchdown passes to Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn Jr. and "Superman" leaped over the pile for another score as the Panthers (9-3) outgained the Buccaneers 426-206.

The Carolina victory sets up a huge showdown next Sunday night with New Orleans with first place in the NFC South on the line.

Newton ran for 68 yards and overcame two interceptions. The third-year quarterback has thrown 13 touchdown passes and run for five scores during the Panthers' current win streak.

Carolina's defense, which came in allowing the fewest points in the league, forced two turnovers and sacked rookie Mike Glennon four times to snap a three-game winning streak for Tampa Bay (3-9).

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