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Newton hits historic mark on first Week 3 rush for Pats

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Cam Newton needed all of four minutes to make history Sunday.

The Patriots quarterback entered New England's Week 3 matchup with the Las Vegas Raiders tied with Randall Cunningham for second on the NFL's all-time rushing list for quarterbacks with 4,928 career rushing yards.

On the first play of New England's second possession, Newton ran for two yards to take sole possession of second place.

Newton is now only chasing Michael Vick, who's well clear of both Newton and Cunningham with 6,109 career rushing yards.

The milestone undoubtedly was an important one for Newton, who grew up watching Cunningham and now has passed one of his early idols in the record books.

“The thing about me is growing up in Atlanta, I would dream, I still do dream to this day, I would see Randall Cunningham jump over the line and make people miss and go out there and wing it and make football look so fun," Newton said earlier this week."

“I just adopted that into my repertoire and now the person you see on Sunday wearing No. 1 had a lot of inspiration from No. 7 and No. 12, the Michael Vicks of the world, the Randall Cunninghams of the world. I still gain inspiration from how they play and I love it."

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Newton has been a prolific rusher since coming to New England, with 122 yards and an NFL-leading four touchdowns on the ground through Weeks 1 and 2.

No QB has ever rushed for multiple TDs in three consecutive games, so the 31-year-old QB can make history in that respect Sunday if he finds paydirt twice against Las Vegas.