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Ponder v. Newton creates an NFL first

Christian Ponder (Scott Cunningham/Getty)

Christian Ponder and Cam Newton weren't the first rookies to face each in NFL history, but their efficiency set a NFL record.

There was no 432-yard passing day from Carolina's Cam Newton, and Minnesota's Christian Ponder kept his six-shooter touchdown celebration mostly holstered. It was the efficiency rather than the gaudy numbers that were most impressive in the first showdown of rookie quarterbacks in Vikings history. Ponder completed 18 of 28 passes for 236 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions. Newton completed... Recommended Stories