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Cam Newton's first half vs. Raiders was the worst of his career

Jan 17, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) reacts during the fourth quarter against the Seattle Seahawks in a NFC Divisional round playoff game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 17, 2016; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) reacts during the fourth quarter against the Seattle Seahawks in a NFC Divisional round playoff game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

It couldn't get much worse for Cam Newton in the first half Sunday. The Carolina Panthers star completed just 3 of 12 passes for 18 yards -- the least amount of yards he's had in one half -- and an interception.

To make matters worse for the reigning NFL MVP, the pick was returned for a touchdown. With the Panthers trailing by 10, Newton dropped back on second-and-5 and appeared to be throwing a screen to running back Fozzy Whittaker. Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack read the play, leaped up and picked off the pass, returning it for an easy pick-6.

KHALIL. MACK.

Enough said. #RaiderNation #CARvsOAK https://t.co/QaDp9EHmWK

— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) November 27, 2016

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Newton, whose QB rating was 4.9, did run in Carolina's only touchdown before the half. The Panthers, who have won three of four heading into Sunday, trail 24-7. Will Newton turn it around in the second half?