Late Field Goal Keeps Panthers Undefeated

The Carolina Panthers jumped out to a 28 point lead against the New York Giants but needed a field goal from Graham Gano as time expired to remain undefeated.

The Carolina Panthers jumped out to a 35-7 lead late in the third quarter but saw that lead quickly evaporate thanks to 28 straight points by the NY Giants. The Giants tied it up at 35 on a touchdown pass from Eli Manning to Odell Beckham Jr. with 1:46 left in the game.

However, Cam Newton lead the Panthers' down the field that was capped off by a 43-yard field goal by Graham Gano. This was a bit of redemption for Gano, who saw a field goal blocked earlier in the fourth quarter by the Giants.

While Gano had the final points, Newton once again proved why he is in discussion for the league MVP. He finished the game completing 25 of 45 passes for 340 yards, five passing touchdowns and 100 rushing yards on only eight carries. He had a season high 47 yard run early in the game that set the team up for their first touchdown of the game. This is the first time in league history that a player has had 300+ passing yards, 5+ passing touchdowns and 100+ rushing yards, according to Randall Liu.

The Panthers' offense started off slow with only one touchdown for most of the first half but the that changed in the final two minutes thanks to Charles Tillman, who forced the first turnover of the game when he forced a fumble on Rashad Jennings. This play set up a touchdown pass to Greg Olsen but the scoring wasn't done there as Newton connected with Devin Funchess with 15 seconds left in the half. Newton had two more touchdown passes in the second half and completed touchdown passes to four different players.

However, Newton's favorite target may be Ted Ginn Jr., who now has three straight games with at least two touchdown catches. He finished the game with six catches for 85 yards and did this in limited action as he sat out part of the second half with a rib injury.

The return of Tillman was big for this defense, who had missed the past four games due to a knee injury, and came up with two huge turnovers that played a role in the outcome of this game. In the first half he had the forced fumble and then in the second half had an interception in the end zone. These were key plays for this defense that struggled slowing down this Giants' offense that racked up 406 total yards of offense.

Manning had an excellent day for this offense as he threw four touchdowns passes and was able to do this because the Panthers' struggled to get steady pressure on the quarterback. The Panthers' defense actually finished with zero sacks and only four QB hits.

While the Panthers saw their 28 point lead evaporate, they are now 14-0 and one of only four teams to accomplish such a feat. The other three teams were the 2009 Indianapolis Colts, 2007 New England Patriots and the 1972 Miami Dolphins, which was the only team that won the Super Bowl. The Panthers will travel to the Atlanta Falcons next week and try and move to 15-0.

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