Panthers sail past Peterson, Vikings 35-10Minnesota Vikings quarterback Matt Cassel throws against the Carolina Panthers during the first half of an NFL football game in Minneapolis, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Cam Newton threw for three touchdown passes and ran for another score, and the Panthers romped past Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings 35-10 on Sunday.
Peterson finished with 62 yards on 10 carries and 21 yards on three receptions, but the Vikings (1-4) trailed the whole game and didn't have much use after halftime for Peterson. The NFL MVP learned on Friday a 2-year-old son of his died in South Dakota of injuries from alleged abuse.
Matt Cassel threw two interceptions, both to Mike Mitchell, and the Panthers (2-3) responded each time with a touchdown.
Whether the team was distracted by the tragedy or not, the Vikings were thoroughly embarrassed on both sides of the ball.
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