Panthers find offense, hold off Patriots for road win

AP

Cam Newton only looked rusty for a quarter. And then he started looking like an MVP again.

Newton bounced back from an early interception with his best game of the season so far, leading the Panthers to a 33-30 win at New England which moved them to 3-1.

Graham Gano hit a 48-yard field goal to end the game, some redemption after a year of frustrating misses in 2016 (and a missed extra point early). But nothing was more welcome than the return to form of Newton, who struggled in his first three games after shoulder surgery.

Newton finished 22-of-29 for 316 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for another score. And even though the Patriots recovered to tie the game late on a Tom Brady touchdown to Danny Amendola, Newton calmly moved them into position for the game-winning field goal.

The Patriots (2-2) entered the day last in the league in scoring defense and total defense, and continued to have problems. Stephon Gilmore committed a pair of costly penalties, and their pass defense continued to spring leaks. The Panthers hadn’t gained more than 288 yards in any game this season, but gashed the Patriots for 444, averaging 7.4 yards per snap.

45 responses to “Panthers find offense, hold off Patriots for road win

  1. Patriots can’t keep relying on the offense to bail them out. Newton was rarely under duress and their receivers were getting too much space they better shape up against the Bucs nice game Panthers. Go Pats!

  2. Gilmore’s stupid penalty deserves a slap to the head! Took away a sack, and gave an automatic first down.Cost the Pats the game!

  3. Pats’ opponents averaging 32 points a game. They can’t expect a 40-year old QB to bail them out every time.

    Somebody change the locks on Matt Patricia…

  4. Pats fan here. Every year they declare the Patriots dynasty is over after a rough start. This year I’m agreeing with them. They may retool and be back next year but they’re not going far this year.

  5. Probably doesn’t matter that much but I will never understand why Bill didn’t use all 3 time outs after the Panthers got inside the 35.

    You’d think that giving Brady the ball back with 20 seconds or so to win or tie was a better option then trying to use a time out to freeze the kicker.

  6. The Pats D is atrocious. Worst I have ever seen in the NFL. The offenses only weapon is 1 yard throw from Brady and run after catch.

    AND, this team was touted to go undefeated? They will be lucky to make the playoffs, even in the AFC Least division.

  7. Potential Trade:

    Giving; Corner Back, Last name Gilmore
    Want: Box of those Costco golf balls – because with him playing, the Pats will be hitting the links early

  8. Good game Panthers the Patriots have no D…but it did start to come together late in the game….too little, too late. It was a clean game. I like that the Panthers gave TD balls to the fans. Penalties killed the Patriots. They need to come together…on both sides of the ball.

  9. Players make mistakes but Gilmore’s was bad not only because it nullified a third down sack and gave carolina a chance to win, but because it was the second such infraction and he was looking in the backfield when he let his hand slide up in the face of a 6’4′ receiver? It lacked concentration and took the ball out of Brady’s hands with a chance to win.

  10. There was only 1 penalty call against the panthers and the defensive back ran into Gronk with the ball in the air. How was that “atrocious”?

  11. The defense looks confused out there. Time after time, Gilmore bails on his assignment or didn’t know what it was. I’m not sure if it will come together or not, but most of the pieces are there. Buffalo fans MUST be enjoying this. Then again, they are Buffalo fans, so they know it’s just their annual hot stretch before November and December make them cry.

  12. Ummm, any comments about Cam’s greatness today? Pats D looked pretty good against the cog, statue QB Brees. Not so much against engine, “mobile” QBs Smith, Watson and Newton. Starting to notice a trend?? Wave of the future!

  13. Dropkick67 says:
    October 1, 2017 at 4:20 pm
    Gilmore’s stupid penalty deserves a slap to the head! Took away a sack, and gave an automatic first down.Cost the Pats the game!
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    You know who isn’t surprised by Gilmore’s mistakes? Bills fans. All of us. Would’ve thought Pats fans would know what to expect after watching Brady torch him twice per year.

  14. It is still very early and I agree that the Pats can win out in the regular season. However, I was thrilled as Bills fan when Stephan Gilmore signed with the Pats. He can make an average an look like a Hall Of Famer.

  15. A lot of new names posting and a lot of old faces hiding. Where is the spin from the Patriot sages….as usual the bandwagon front runners are hiding….not surprised. Great def the Pat’s are sporting this year….

  16. If the Patriots don’t fix that defense somehow it’s going to be hard to take them seriously as a contender. That is a serious weakness. Can their lack of talent be overcome by coaching and scheme? I’m not sure. It doesn’t look good.

  17. PatriotsSystemDynasty says:
    October 1, 2017 at 4:38 pm
    Nothing can stop us from going 17-2.
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    This has to be a huge consolation for you chip. It’s not often your team gets shut out and wins the SB in the same day. Right now New England’s big ticket secondary couldn’t cover a sleeping baby with a blanket and the Dollfins can’t buy a TD, I feel comfortable the Pats issues are more easily rectified.

    Congrats to the Panthers and to the 1st place Bills!
    Always funny to see the trolls pop up right after the game wondering where Pats fans are. Here’s a clue for you, we have lives in the real world. We go to games or watch with family and friends. Our identities aren’t tied up with fake tough guy internet personas.

  18. Ummm, any comments about Cam’s greatness today?

    Yeah. Let’s see where both teams are at in another month or two.

  19. And to think the media was going on about the Pats possibly going undefeated. Their defense is garbage and they are lucky to not being 1-3 right now.

  20. Great game by Carolina. The Pats D often had them 3rd and long and they converted almost every time. Kudos to them.

    Bill’s got some work to do with this lot if he wants to turn them into a competent defense. Should have kept Logan Ryan and not signed Gilmore, they’d be a lot better off I think.

  21. Congrats to the Panthers and to the 1st place Bills!
    Always funny to see the trolls pop up right after the game wondering where Pats fans are. Here’s a clue for you, we have lives in the real world. We go to games or watch with family and friends. Our identities aren’t tied up with fake tough guy internet personas.

    13 6 Rate This

    Funny it works when you when…..you sir are a fraud.

  22. superpatriotsfan says:
    October 1, 2017 at 6:08 pm
    Flash1287 says:
    October 1, 2017 at 4:15 pm
    How do you call defensive holding on a running play
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    Crybaby, yes it’s always the ref’s fault.
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    Cool screen name bro

  23. After the showing last week against the Saints, I can admit I thought we’ll lose against the Patriots no contest! Maaaaaan was I wrong and glad I was! Hats off to the Panthers and in particularly Cam whose been dogged lately with the shoulder recovery and negative press! Hats off to Shula for call a great game offensively! Any give Sunday for sure!!!!!

  24. Nofoolnodrool says:
    October 1, 2017 at 6:20 pm
    Funny it works when you when…..you sir are a fraud.
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    My first post after today’s loss (where I congratulated Carolina btw):
    commentawaitingdeletion says:
    October 1, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    My first post after last week’s win:
    commentawaitingdeletion says:
    September 24, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    Which proves once again you are a liar. Facts are facts and win or lose it usually takes me about the same amount of time to be online after a day game.

  25. My first post after last week’s win:
    commentawaitingdeletion says:
    September 24, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    Which proves once again you are a liar. Facts are facts and win or lose it usually takes me about the same amount of time to be online after a day game.

    If you claim to be seven years younger than me you were a little late to be in The Ashau Valley……maybe you were on a tour after the war….sorry that doesn’t count …..you fraud.

  26. The Pats D is atrocious. Worst I have ever seen in the NFL. The offenses only weapon is 1 yard throw from Brady and run after catch.
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    We’ll be fine. Belichick and Patricia will fix the defense and no one throws the deep ball better than Brady (or short ball for that matter). GOAT has more left in the tank.

    For now, hats off to Panthers. They have excellent coaching and a lot of talent; that QB won’t get you where you want to be though. It takes a Wilson, Ryan, or Rogers type guts.

  27. Nofoolnodrool says:
    I can’t admit a mistake so I just make up more nonsense…
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    Texas Star 1970. I certainly know who I am, where I have been and what I have done.

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