Two wondrous goals from Papiss Demba Cisse gave the visitors a 2-0 win, which means that Chelsea's best hope of Champions League football next season lies in winning the final on 19th May.
Cisse's first goal was set up by Santon, but the Senegalese striker created the chance by himself, teeing the ball up with his right foot before volleying powerfully into the net with his left.
His second goal came out of nothing as well, latching onto Shola Ameobi's header on the left flank before curling a powerful volley into the side netting from an acute angle.
Petr Cech - 6
You have to pity and envy Cech at the same time - he could do little facing Cisse's two extraordinary goals but, hey, he had the best view of us all.
Jose Bosingwa - 6.5
After a stint in the middle of defence, Bosingwa resumed duties bombing down the right flank and managed to subdue Gutierrez's runs while helping out in the attack.
Branislav Ivanovic - 5.5
The game was Ivanovic's 50th for Chelsea this season and the fatigue is starting to show. He was not as tight on the two dangerous Senegalese strikers as he would have been on Barcelona players. A touch of complacency, perhaps?
John Terry - 6
Again, Terry tried to be the hero and played confidently defending down the middle while rushing up to join the attack but his valiant efforts were wasted after Cisse's two wonder strikes.
Ryan Bertrand - 6
The match proved that Bertrand still had a long way to go in replacing Ashley Cole as Chelsea's first choice left back. While he was sound defensively, it was partly due to Ben Arfa being deployed more towards the middle the pitch and Bertrand paled in comparison to Cole when it comes to helping out up front.
Jon Obi Mikel - 6.5
Mikel anchored the midfield to give Cabaye and Tiote a literally hard time in the match, disrupting their passing rhythm with ease.
Raul Meireles (Off 78') - 5.5
Meireles wasted a glorious chance for Chelsea early in the game but went on to establish a steady passing game going into the game. Even then, his final ball in was found wanting.
Ramires - 6
Ramires put in another hardworking shift for Chelsea, but his speed and industry was wasted by a stout Newcastle defence.
Florent Malouda (Off 60') - 6
Malouda's hair may be the most stylish on the pitch but he was far from being the most stylish player on this occasion deployed in a deeper role and was unable to find his groove.
Daniel Sturridge (Off 45') - 5
Sturridge finally returned to the starting line-up but given the way he played in the match, it may be quite some time before he is handed a spot in the the starting XI. Sturridge was ineffective and spurned two chances he had in front of goal.
Fernando Torres - 7.5
Torres' was Chelsea's only creative spark from the start, making intelligent runs and passes for Sturridge and Malouda. His confidence is sky-high, apparent from the 'rabona' cross he attempted, but Chelsea couldn't find a breakthrough, though not to Torres' fault.
Juan Mata (On 45') - 6.5
Came on and added more flair to a somewhat listless Chelsea side but couldn't inspire them enough to break the stubborn Newcastle defence.
Didier Drogba (On 60') - 6
His presence added an extra dimension to the Chelsea attack but Newcastle's physical defence managed to repel his attempts.
Frank Lampard (On 78') - N/A
Tim Krul - 6.5
Krul was quick to come out of his goal line and help out his high defensive line and was always alert to Chelsea's attacks.
James Perch - 7
Perch deputised for the injured Simpson well, tidying up his flank and preventing any threat from Chelsea.
Fabricio Coloccini - 7.5
Coloccini marshalled the defence well and was near the ball whenever it came near Newcastle's penalty box.
Mike Williamson - 8
Other than a two lobs over the defence early in the game, Williamson won every header that went into the box and was never lost focus of the task at hand, standing strong even after Drogba was thrown into the fray.
Davide Santon - 8.5
The former Inter Milan man has nailed down the left back spot as his own recently and it looks like he is here to establish himself as one of the league's best. Santon displayed mature defending beyond his 21 years of age, handling Bosingwa easily while helping out the attack when needed.
Santon came away with the assist for Cisse's first goal and more importantly, cleared Terry's header off the line to keep his side in the game.
Cheik Tiote (Off 68') - 6.5
Tiote seemed intent on letting the world know he loves to play football rugby-style, earning a booking in the 4th minute after he bulldozed Torres. Even then, he continued bustling about the midfield like Godzilla set loose in the middle of Japan.
However, he was given a taste of his own medicine when Mikel clattered into him and left him with, according to Alan Pardew, "a nine-inch gash, 400 stitches which is just a scratch to him."
Jonas Gutierrez - 6.5
His inclusion in the squad down the left indicated that Newcastle would be seeking a more defensive approach on that flank and Gutierrez didn't disappoint, although a lot more could have been done in terms of attack.
Hatem Ben Arfa (off 88') - 6
A somewhat disappointing performance from the ace marauder. Ben Arfa faded in and out of the game, showing sparks of his brilliance but failed to light up the match like he usually does.
Yohan Cabaye - 7.5
Cabaye played the role of a pivote well, channeling the ball to his team mates in front while dealing with Mikel's quick closing down.
Demba Ba (Off 74') - 7.5
His physical presence caused Chelsea a huge headache and was unlucky not to grab two goals himself, with a low shot saved by Cech and another shot rattling the crossbar. Completely overshadowed by his fellow Senegalese striker.
Papiss Cisse - 9.5
Well, well, what is there more to say?This guy has two right feet (in a good way), loves a volley, makes opponents pay for giving him a foot of space and scored two Goal of the Season candidates in a match.
His first goal showed his versatility, teeing Santon's pass in the box up for himself to volley in with his left foot and his second is close to being nominated as one of the Wonders of the World.
Cisse conjured a goal from Ameobi's header on the left flank, unleashing a fierce folley from the outside of his foot to curl the ball into the side netting, leaving Cech no chance at full stretch.
The only gripe now is that Goal of the Season nominations will need to be re-opened just to include him in it.
Ryan Taylor (On 68') - 6
He replaced Tiote but didn't get to see much of the ball, helping out in defence.
Shola Ameobi (On 74') - 6
Ameobi continued Ba's act of being the physical presence up in front and managed to hold the ball up well.
Gabriel Obertan (on 88') - n.a