It's the fifth time Newton has won the honor this season, tying Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in 2007 for the most such honors in a given year. It's the eighth time Newton has won the award in his career and the eighth time a Panther has won a weekly honor this season – both team records.
Newton, in his fifth season, tied two NFL career records in leading the Panthers to a 38-10 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Sunday's regular season finale. Newton rushed for two touchdowns to bring his career total to 43, matching Steve Young for the most by a quarterback in league history. Newton also threw for two touchdowns, allowing him to match Young with 31 career games with a rushing touchdown and a passing touchdown.
Newton completed 21-of-26 passes for 293 yards in the victory, which improved the Panthers to 15-1 and wrapped up the No. 1 seed for the NFC playoffs.