Newton leads Panthers over Texans 24-17

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Cam Newton joked with Stephen Curry before Sunday's game, telling the NBA star ''I'm just trying to be like you, man.''

Newton certainly played like an MVP on Sunday.

The fifth-year quarterback threw for 195 yards and two touchdowns and, like his buddy Curry, showed a flair for the dramatic by somersaulting into the end zone on a quarterback draw to lead the Carolina Panthers to a 24-17 victory over the Houston Texans.

Curry, a Charlotte native and loyal Panthers fan, was at the game to hit the ''Keep Pounding'' drum before the team's home opener wearing a No. 30 Panthers jersey.

Newton seemed to feed off that energy.

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