So Newton was clutch on 3rd down in 2nd half?
First drive had one 3rd down, Newton throws incomplete and kills drive
Second drive on 3rd and 5 throws 2 yard Checkdown to Tolbert that runs for 17 more, so YAC gets 1st down
Second drives second 3rd down, comes up 3 yards short, missed FG on 4th and 3
3rd drive goes for 3 and out with an incompete Newton pass
First drive starts at 44, Newton gets first down on 3rd and 6, but then takes a sack to push them out of FG range, run gets them back to 35 to kick FG
Second drive Newton competes one 3rd down, but not second, has to punt after just 6 plays
Final drive, Newton only throw was 3rd down comeback to Smith that was all due to Smith, can't put away game, has to punt.
There are all the 3rd down from 2nd half, question to you is DID YOU WATCH GAME?
I did watch the game. Looking up Play-by-Play drive summaries and cherry picking only third downs tell me you did not.
Lets take a deeper look shall we?
First drive had one third down because Cam had already gotten a couple of first downs through the air to Steve Smith and Brandon LaFell on a second and first down. He was then sacked on second down forcing him into a third a long which they could not convert.
Second drive Cam completes pass to Tolbert and he runs for a first down. It really doesn't matter if YAC result in the first down or if the receiver catches the pass past the first down marker. It was a good read by Cam and an even better run by Tolbert after the catch. A first down is a first down. Then Cam completes 9 yard pass to Hixon and Stewart runs for a first down the next play. Two plays later on second down Cam completes a 19 yard pass to Steve Smith. A couple plays later, Cam is sacked for a big loss but gets back 12 yards to Steve Smith putting them into a favorable field goal attempt that Gano just missed.
Third drive Shula called two running plays that set us up for third and short but Cam's pass was batted down at the line of scrimmage. Just a good play by the defensive linemen. However, we moved the rock just enough to continue winning the battle of field position.
Now I just know you have an agenda because you flat out BSed some stats here. First drive Cam took a sack on a crucial down but completed a pass to Steve Smith, not a run like you claimed, to get us back into FG range which would ultimately be the game winner from 53 yards out. Nice try bro. That was a heads up play by Cam to realize the down and distance and where we were on the field. He checked it down, opting for the high % pass, knowing it would put Gano in position to make a field goal and he did just that.
Second drive Cam completes an 11 yard pass to Ginn that moves us in SF territory. Cam opts to run on third and long and doesn't convert but the field position battle has already been won and we down the ball on their 1 yard line and force them to try and drive the ball on our defense 99 yards.
Third possession of the quarter Cam completes a big third down to Steve Smith that ultimately allowed us to take an additional 1:30 off the clock and force SF to burn all three of their timeouts while continuing to win the field position battle in a low scoring defensive battle.
Fourth possession of the quarter...victory formation...kneel down...ball game.
So, what really occurred and which you failed to address in your "analysis" was that Cam completed some big throws on both first and second down as well as third down. He also made some huge throws and managed the game well-enough that we dominated the field position battle in the second half. We pinned SF deep in their own territory time and time again because he helped move the ball well enough to do so. That is huge in a low-scoring defensive game. You also just lied about one crucial stat in an attempt to conform to your own agenda. There was no run on third down that put us in position to win the ball game with a field goal. It was a Cam Newton pass to Steve Smith and it ultimately led directly to the kick that won the game. Sorry Fat Alice, looking at strictly third downs while ignoring what he did prior to third downs and field position doesn't win you any awards in this debate.