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Watch: Newton was downright giddy after Pats' rout of Chargers

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Cam Newton threw a career-low 69 passing yards Sunday, but he celebrated like he had just set an NFL record.

That's because the New England Patriots dismantled the Chargers 45-0 in Los Angeles, relying on an elite defense and two special teams touchdowns to offset a nonexistent passing attack.

Newton has said he'd rather win ugly than lose pretty, and considering the Patriots are 4-1 in their last five games, it's no wonder the 31-year-old quarterback was in very high spirits Sunday at SoFi Stadium.

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Here's Newton finding a camera to celebrate the win, courtesy of his production company, Iconic Saga:

"Hey, you know what it is!" a gleeful Newton shouts. "We've got dubs! We've got love!"

Newton has managed to keep a positive attitude despite a trying 2020 campaign that has included a bout of COVID-19, a personal three-game losing streak and by far the worst passing season of his NFL career (five touchdown passes, nine interceptions and an 80.3 passer rating through 11 games).

He's still making an impact in the running game, where he tallied his 10th and 11th rushing touchdowns of the season Sunday to become the only NFL QB with at least 10 rushing scores in two separate seasons.

More importantly, Newton has become a leader for a Patriots team that has struggled to stay relevant in its first year without Tom Brady.

The Patriots still are long shots to make the playoffs, though, and will need more than just optimism to keep their postseason streak alive. They'll also need to beat the Los Angeles Rams on a short week Thursday night in a crucial Week 14 matchup.