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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Quarterback Cam Newton(Cam Newton Jersey) isn’t caught up in the noise of the Carolina Panthers being the only undefeated team in the NFL.

“I could care less,” Newton said on Tuesday. “I know it’s only ink just for the media. We can’t make it bigger than what it is. Nothing’s changed as for our preparation. It’s all about becoming 1-0 by the end of Sunday.”

The Panthers (11-0) are at New Orleans on Sunday. They became the lone undefeated team two days ago when the New England Patriots lost at Denver to fall to 10-1.

Newton wasn’t interested in talking about being the only undefeated team any more than he was the potential of finishing the regular season 16-0.

“We have a chance to extend our season and record to 12 games,” Newton said. “That’s important for us. And that’s the only thing that’s really on my mind, and I think I speak for the masses when I say we’re not necessarily trying to get lured in by what others may think.

“We’re always reminded by what coach says, [and that] is to become 12-0 first.”

Coach Ron Rivera was careful to keep the focus on this week.

“Everybody wants to talk [about] everything but what I want to talk about,” he said. “I want to talk about getting ready to play the Saints. I know a lot of people want to talk about what the potential could be. I try to make sure everybody understands you can’t get to there until you take care of what’s next.

“That’s always been the mantra. My focus and our focus needs to be on the Saints.”

Safety Roman Harper said there’s no more pressure being the last undefeated team, but he admitted there are drawbacks.

“It’s really just the media, so you guys are doing more chattering now,” said Harper, who was on the 2009 Saints team that opened 13-0. “I hate that New England lost, because now everybody wants to talk about us even more.

“It is what it is. It comes with the responsibility. I’ve said it all year, if you think this is a big game, just keep wining and the games are going to get bigger. The pressure, all these other things people try to say what it is, all this attention comes more and more.”

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton(Cam Newton Jersey) showed no sign on Wednesday that he plans to stop dancing or celebrating touchdowns, regardless of the attention it brings.

“It takes me to a happy place,” he said of his celebrations. “I remember when I was in high school I used to look up to guys and mimic [them]. Now they’re doing the things I do.

“People are looking at you whether you want them or not. When I see people do the celebration I do, it makes me happy.”

Newton performed an Atlanta-based dance called the “dab” after his 2-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 27-10 victory at Tennessee.

Days later, the dance still was a hot topic among fans and other NFL players on social media.

Rosemary Plorin of Nashville, Tennessee, who attended the game with her 9-year-old daughter, sent a letter to The Charlotte Observer questioning whether Newton set a good example with his dance.

“Everybody is entitled to their own opinion. You can’t fault her for that. It is what it is,” Newton said. “If she feels offended I’ll apologize to her, but at the end of the day I am who I am.”

Baltimore Ravens receiver Torrey Smith and St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long were among the NFL players to respond to the letter on Twitter.

Newton did the “dab” mixed in with a little “Hit Dem Folks” move instead of his normal “Superman” celebration after his touchdown at the suggestion of his younger brother, Caylin, a high school quarterback in Newton’s hometown of Atlanta.

Newton said after the game that no disrespect was meant to the Titans, who were rankled by the quarterback’s antics. Panthers coach Ron Rivera, meanwhile, said no harm was intended.

“I’m not doing it to be disrespectful to nobody, more so just doing it just to shine light and get people a smile and having fun doing what I do,” Newton said.

Newton’s dance was rated the No. 2 celebration from last weekend on the NFL’s official website. Rivera said that the attention Newton has gotten for the dance has been a reprieve, to a degree, from the pressure of being 9-0.

“In terms of being able to take a breath and not have to worry about football for a second,” Rivera said. “We can worry about dancing.

“This league … it is about entertainment. They want to see the guys make the great plays, whether they are sacks, catches, tackles, runs, throws. But they also are looking for the players to have fun and enjoy it.”

Rivera doesn’t want his quarterback to stop having fun.

“There’s been a lot been made out of it,” he said of Newton’s dance. “Do I wish my quarterback didn’t do it? No, I don’t. I like his personality. Now, I’d like to see it contained a little bit, maybe not as long, but again, the game is changing.

“I promise you it’s going to continue to change, not because of what’s going on with the media but the social media. It’s out there.”

Rivera said players were showing him on Twitter and Facebook what people were saying about the game and Newton’s dance before the team’s plane took off from Nashville.

“The game is only three or four hours old and people are already posting things,” Rivera said. “It’s content, I guess.”

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — God winked.

Colin Toler smiled.

At least that’s how the family of the 6-year-old who got a football from Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton(Cam Newton Jersey) sees it.

Newton normally runs near the middle of the end zone stands to deliver a football to a young fan after the Panthers score a touchdown.

But because Green Bay Packers defensive end Julius Peppers snatched the ball from Newton’s hands after a second-quarter touchdown Sunday — because he tossed it toward the sideline — Newton had to chase it down.

That led the two-time Pro Bowler to the section 105 near-corner tunnel exit of Bank of America Stadium. That led him to Toler, whose grandfathers brought him to his first NFL game to fulfill a promise made by Toler’s father.

Benjamin Toler, 32, died of a heart condition on Sept. 30.

“The people in that area said they’d never known Cam to run in that direction to give a football to a child,” Toler’s grandmother, Laura, told ESPN.com. “A lot of my friends said it was a God wink. There was a high power with Ben’s presence there that presented the timing that Colin got that football.

“If it weren’t for Julius Peppers, Cam would have run the other way and given the ball to another child, and you never would have heard about Colin.”

Colin became a social media star when the story of why he was there surfaced.

He told WSET 13 in his hometown of Danville, Virginia, that he didn’t know what to think when he saw Newton running toward him.

“I was like, ‘Oh gosh, oh gosh!’” Toler told the television station. “Am I going to be on the big screen or am I going to be on TV?’ I was jumping up and down like, ‘Yeah!’”

Laura spoke on Tuesday for her grandson and husband, Bill, who wore their son’s No. 1 Newton Jersey to the game. She said both were overwhelmed by all the attention they received on Monday and needed time to soak in everything that happened.

“Ben died six weeks ago tomorrow,” Laura said. “It’s been emotional for my husband and everybody. My heart breaks that Ben wasn’t there to participate and see the joy on his son’s face.

“We’ve had happy tears about this, but it’s also a reminder that Ben’s not here.”

Newton began giving footballs to young fans after every Carolina touchdown in 2011. He calls it his “Sunday Giveaway” program. He wasn’t aware of how Toler wound up at the game.

Much of the focus after Carolina ran its record to 8-0 with the 37-29 victory was on Peppers keeping the ball away from Newton. It also was on Newton tearing down a Green Bay Packers banner during warm-ups.

Laura said Colin saw none of that.

“Colin, he just knew he got the football, but we’ve talked about it,” she said.

The moment also led Laura to share with Colin a story about her dad involving Peppers. This occurred in Greensboro, North Carolina, during an NCAA basketball regional.

Peppers, a few years before being the second pick of the 2002 NFL draft by the Panthers, was playing basketball and football at the University of North Carolina.

Ben and his brother, Bruce, were standing near the exit to the court when the then 6-foot-7 forward tossed them his wristbands after a game.

“He’s not as bad of a person as he’s perceived,” Laura said of Peppers.

She added Newton isn’t as bad as perceived by some for tearing down the banner.

“Cam got a lot of bad publicity for the banner,” Laura said. “Then this pops up. I hope it’s a redeeming factor that he really is a good guy.

“Colin sure thinks so. It really was a magical day for him.”