Through the uprights the football went as the scoreboard hit 0:00 with the scoreboard changing to 33 for Carolina.
“We just wished we scored more points,” Patriots Tom Brady said during the post game press conference.
And 33 points was exactly what Cam Newton’s Carolina Panthers needed to score to defeat the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium 33-30, Sunday. Prior to the game Newton vowed Panthers struggling offense would get better, and he did not disappoint. Passing for 316 yards Newton tacked on 44 yards on the ground, completed 22 of 29 passes and tallied a total of four touchdowns (1 rush).
After Patriots tied the game at 30 late in the fourth quarter, Newton, with the help of Jonathan Stewart, set the Panthers up for a 48-yard Graham Gano game-winning field goal to defeat the 2016 NFL Champions in their house. Newton is now 2-0 in his career versus Patriots.
“I told you guys to expect that,” Panthers head coach Ron Rivera yelled to his team in the locker room afterwards. “You guys are relevant. Each and everyone of you guys are relevant but you got to go out and play like that everyday. Don’t expect anybody to give you anything or do it for you. You have to stick together as a team.”
The win catapults Panthers to a 3-1 record and makes Newton the winningest quarterback in team history. More than anything, it was a sign the offense is back on track with an offense dominant performance for a team that has relied on their defense the first two weeks they won this season.
This particular week Newton was able to participate fully in practice as he was limited the week prior due to his healing shoulder. While he received more reps in practice it was others around him who benefited from it more, Newton said. As for the offense it was only a matter of time before they got things together like they have in week 4.
“It takes time. This offense isn’t cereal or quick grits. This is a full on entrée and we have to prepare it that way,” Newton said.
In the win Newton also became the first quarterback in NFL history to rush for 50 career touchdowns. Coming out with the win is more important for Newton who wants to make sure this win isn’t a mirage.
“This can be a jump start to a great thing for the season for us or it could just be a flash in the frying pan,” Newton said. “We got guys who’s putting in the proper work to make big things happen.”
By Gino Terrell