Because Paul can make Harden’s life easier and preserve his energy, Harden should be able to maintain his MVP-level pace over the course of the season and through the playoffs.

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is one game short of tying his personal record of five consecutive games without an interception. He also has the best touchdown-to-interception ratio in December.

“It’ll be fun,” Goff said Wednesday. “I think it’ll be good to see him, good to talk to him and good to compete on the same field. But ultimately, I’m competing against their defense and he’s competing against ours and that’s kind of the way it goes.

“I’m sure it will be a fun one to watch.”

Both quarterbacks have blossomed in their second NFL seasons. Goff, whom the Rams selected No. 1 overall from California, has thrown for 3,184 yards with 20 touchdowns and only six interceptions to help the Rams (9-3) clinch their first winning season since 2003.

Cam Newton came through in the clutch Sunday afternoon to earn an important win over the Vikings. The Panthers overcame the NFC North-leading Vikings for a 31-24 win.

Newton spearheaded the final drive with a 62-yard run. The run set up a game-winning touchdown from Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart, who finished the day with three touchdowns and 103 yards. Newton finished 13 for 25 with 137 yards, one interception and a touchdown.
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