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Carolina Panthers beat Cleveland Browns to move into first place

Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers rushes

Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers rushes for a 1st down against the Cleveland Browns in the 1st quarter of an NFL game in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014. Credit: Getty Images / Streeter Lecka

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Cam Newton threw for one touchdown and ran for another, and the Carolina Panthers defeated the Cleveland Browns 17-13 on Sunday to take over sole possession of first place in the NFC South.

The victory sets up a winner-take-all showdown next Sunday at Atlanta between the Panthers (6-8-1) against the Falcons (6-9) for the division title.

The winner will join the 2010 Seattle Seahawks as the only teams in NFL history to reach the postseason in a non-strike-shortened season with a losing record.

Newton threw for 201 yards and ran for 63 yards just 12 days after the quarterback suffered two fractures in his lower back following an automobile accident. Jonathan Stewart ran for 122 yards and caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from Newton.

Johnny Manziel made his second NFL start for Cleveland but left with 1:49 left in the first half with a hamstring injury and did not return.

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