In another great match-up between elite NFL quarterbacks, last night's game proved to be a great one. The Carolina Panthers were host to the New England Patriots, in a tough battle the Carolina Panthers led to victory by their rising star in Cam Newton.
The game finally ended after an exciting second half, as Tom Brady drove the field in the final minute in a desperate attempt to win the game, but was not able to do it. The Panthers won with a final score of 24-20.
The first half started out somewhat slow in comparison, but the second half heated up with long possessions, and a perfect drive from both teams that combined to last the entire third quarter. Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers had beaten the San Francisco 49ers in the previous week, and after this win, they will certainly be looked at it in a more positive light from fans and critics.
Cam Newton has been helping to lead the Panthers to victory all year, and silencing critics one at a time, as the Panthers have now become one of the top teams in the NFL.
I think last night was more than the Panthers. It was the beginning of the end of the Patriots (amen)
— Bring Back The Buzz (@BringBackTheBuz) November 19, 2013
The game was tied up going into the last couple minutes, with the Panthers having one last drive to tie or take the lead, and they were able to tie the game on a very effective play from Newton to Ted Ginn Jr., a 25 yard touchdown play with 59 seconds left in the game.
Speaking on the play that was made at the end, and the offensive production throughout the game, Newton said "The offense kept fighting to put points on the board. The way it happened was just spectacular."
After the Panthers-Patriots game, the Panthers have improved to 7-3, and only trail the Saints in their division by one game, and have yet to play the Saints this season. Both quarterbacks were excellent during the game, and it was a sight to watch throughout. Cam Newton was 19 of 28, passing for 209 yards, while also rushing for 62, and Brady completed 29 of 40 passes for 296 yards.
— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) November 19, 2013
The final play of the game was also a controversial one, and a play that resulted in a Patriots interception in the end-zone, which was originally called pass interference.
— CBSSports.com (@CBSSports) November 19, 2013
The Panthers beat the patriots in the final minutes, making a strong statement for the team, and a team that was above .500 earlier this year for the first time in five years. Next up, the Panthers have a bye, and then play the Buccaneers, a team that they beat 31-13 earlier this year.
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