Dating back to last year's Super Bowl, Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers have only one win in their last seven contests. That's after going 17-1 (regular season and playoffs combined) prior to falling to the Denver Broncos in the big one in last season's finale.
To make matters worse, the Panthers quarterback and reigning NFL MVP is getting punked by little kids.
After missing the team's Week 5 loss with an injury, Newton returned to the field on Sunday and looked like his old self, throwing for 322 yards, two touchdowns, and one pick on 27-of-47 passing, and running another one in.
One of those throwing scores came on an incredible play few could replicate, turning a rollout to his left into a Dirk Nowitzki fadeaway of a pass to tight end Ed Dickson.
Running all the way to his left.
And STILL gets it to Dickson for 6. Unreal. https://t.co/NgWNI4D4Cq
— NFL (@NFL) October 16, 2016
But that play had nothing on the brilliance of one young Saints fan who leveraged Cam's tradition of giving touchdown balls away to young, nearby Panthers fans into a souvenir of his own.
All it took was a Panthers jersey.
Thanks to the NFL's ongoing quest to end fun, the league's broadcast did not show any of Newton's post-TD celebrations, but according to Times-Picayune reporter Christopher Dabe, a kid played Newton. Hard.
The kid who got the ball from Cam Newton just took off his Newton jersey and had a #Saints jersey underneath. That’s some trickery.
— Christopher Dabe (@cmdabe) October 16, 2016
The Panthers offense did its part on Sunday, hanging 38 points on an admittedly putrid New Orleans Saints defense. But after a season in which their strong defense helped lead them to the brink of a championship, Carolina gave up 40-plus points for the second time this season, losing 41-38. The Panthers are now 1-5; the Saints are 2-3.