CHARLOTTE, N.C., Jan. 18 (UPI) -- His transcendent talents have led him to the top of the NFL most valuable player discussion, but how he leads the Carolina Panthers is just as important.
After the Panthers' 31-24 win against the Seattle Seahawks, quarterback Cam Newton ran back onto the field from the locker room to celebrate with fans. Part of his smiling celebration included catching a '12th man' flag and tossing to viciously to the ground. Carolina fans assisted in getting the flag down to Newton as he slapped hands with those who stayed around at Bank of America Stadium.
Newton completed just 16-of-22 passes for 161 yards and a touchdown, but orchestrated a 31-0 first half lead for the home team.
The Panthers will host the Arizona Cardinals at 6:40 p.m. Sunday Jan. 24 in the NFC Championship game in Charlotte.
After the game, Newton told Panthers staff writer Max Henson that it was an "Unbelievable atmosphere. Guys playing with so much enthusiasm & passion... It's something different about playing in the playoffs."