Defenses have been abusing Cam Newton all season, and NFL officiating teams have continued to keep the flags in their pockets. So when the flag came out after Trent Murphy’s blow to the Carolina QB’s skull after a third-down rush tonight against Washington, it was a short-lived sigh of relief for Panthers fans—because the flag ended up being on Newton himself.
Officials deemed Newton was taunting when he tossed the ball down after the play, pushing the Panthers out of field goal range. The blow to the head? Ignored.