CHARLOTTE, N.C. (CBS) – Cam Newton’s Carolina resurgence continued to start the day on Sunday. But in the end, Newton and the Panthers came up just short against Washington.

The former Patriots quarterback scored two touchdowns last week just days after he signed with the Panthers, where he spent the first nine years of his career.

On Sunday, he got the first start of his second stint with Carolina. And Newton picked up right where he left off.

Newton led Carolina down the field on the opening drive of the game against Washington and tossed a 10-yard touchdown to DJ Moore to give the Panthers an early 7-0 lead.

Later in the first half, Newton added another score with his legs.

Though Newton had the ball in the final minute with the chance to give his team the win in his first start of the year, the Panthers were unable to connect. Instead, it was Washington that held on for a 27-21 win.

Newton finished the day 21-for-27 for 189 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for 46 yards and a score.

Newton spent last season as Patriots starting quarterback and was in position to do the same this year until Mac Jones won the job ahead of Week 1.

CBSBoston.com Staff