Tom Brady connected with Kenbrell Thompkins for a 37-yard gain to the Panthers’ 1-yard line and Stevan Ridley – back from Bill Belichick’s doghouse after a lost fumble in the first half – scored to pull the Patriots even with the Carolina Panthers 17-17 early in the fourth quarter.
A 15-yard touchdown pass from Cam Newton to Greg Olsen gave the Carolina Panthers a 17-10 lead before the Patriots marched for their second straight touchdown drive.
Brady led the Patriots on a nine-play, 80-yard scoring drive to once again tie the game. The strike to Thompkins was the big blow of the drive and New England quickly ran to the line of scrimmage to run another play. Ridley knifed into the end zone for the score on the next play for the Patriots.