Carolina Panthers vs. New England Patriots

CAR
33
NE
30
FINAL
1234T
CAR 31461033
NE 31301430

Game Information
Location: Gillette Stadium Foxborough, Massachusetts
Attendance: 65,878

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The Carolina Panthers have been patiently waiting for the kind of performance from Cam Newton that had elevated him to the elite among NFL quarterbacks.

He finally delivered - against the reigning Super Bowl champions.

Graham Gano hit a 48-yard field goal as time expired, Newton threw for three touchdowns and ran for another and the Panthers stunned the New England Patriots 33-30 on Sunday.

The winner served as redemption for Gano, who missed an extra point in the third quarter. It was also the first signature game of 2017 for Newton, who threw four interceptions and just two touchdowns in Carolina's first three games.

"I felt this was a breakthrough game for us, a statement game," Newton said. "We had some careless turnovers, including (my) interception. But for us to come into a hostile environment, to battle, face some adversity early on, and still hold on at the end - it was a great team win for us."

Jonathan Stewart rushed 14 times for 68 yards to pass DeAngelo Williams and become the franchise's all-time leading rusher.

It was the second home loss this season for the usually unbeatable Patriots at Gillette Stadium. The defeat marked just the second time since 2012 that Tom Brady has lost two home starts within a season.

Newton finished 22 of 29 for 316 yards and an interception, picking apart a New England defense that was giving up an NFL-worst 461 yards and 31.7 points per game. The Patriots forced a pair of turnovers, but had trouble containing Newton's stable of targets. After exiting's last week's loss to New Orleans, receiver Kelvin Benjamin started and caught four passes for 104 yards.

"A lot of people counted us out this game," Stewart said. "There are a lot of guys on this team that deserve their credibility. ...We expected to win today."

Carolina (3-1) finished with 444 total yards, marking the fourth straight game the Patriots have given up at least 300 yards.

"So much stuff went wrong today," Patriots safety Devin McCourty said. "Giving up 30 points a game, 400-something yards. If it was one thing, we'd be better one of these weeks. It's just all of us. It's all 11 guys who are out there not playing good football."

Brady finished 32 of 45 for 307 yards and two scores.

The Patriots cut a 30-16 deficit in half on an 8-yard run by Dion Lewis with 8:46 remaining. Linebacker Dont'a Hightower forced a punt on Carolina's next drive when he sacked Newton on third down.

Brady then found Danny Amendola in the back of the end zone on fourth-and-goal from the 1 to tie the game. But two penalties on New England's defense on the Panthers' final drive set up Gano's winner.

CONFIDENT KICKER

If not for Gano's missed extra point, Carolina could have taken 15-point lead early in the fourth quarter following Newton's 7-yard touchdown run. He said he didn't let it deter him when his number was called again. Prior to the final drive Gano said receiver Devin Funchess told him, "We'll get you in range, don't even worry.

"This game meant a lot us," Gano said. "We had a lot of doubters out there. We have a great football team and I feel like we proved it today."

BIG HALF

Newton mostly had his way with the Patriots in the opening 30 minutes as the Panthers took a 17-16 lead into the locker room. He led them to a field goal on their first series of the game, completing passes of 14, 2 and 13 yards.

Newton tried to get too creative on their second drive, tossing into double coverage. He was intercepted by Malcolm Butler.

But after the Patriots took a 10-3 lead on a 2-yard pass from Brady to Chris Hogan, Newton led Carolina on a six-play, 75 yard drive capped by a 28-yard touchdown on a screen pass to Fozzy Whittaker .

He was spot-on again late in the half, leading Carolina on a nine-play, 84-yard drive that ended with a 10-yard strike to Funchess.

New England was able keep pace thanks to three first-half field goals by Stephen Gostkowski. It included a team-record 58-yarder as time expired in the second quarter.

ANTHEM DISPLAYS

No player kneeled during the anthem prior to the game. Stewart and linebacker Thomas Davis stood with their hands pressed in front of them as if in prayer. The Patriots all stood with one hand over their heart and the other on the shoulder of the player next to them.

INJURIES

Panthers: S Kurt Coleman left in the second quarter with a knee injury and did not return; WR Damiere Byrd left in the second quarter with a forearm injury and also did not return; Funchess limped off late in the fourth quarter.

Patriots: S Eric Rowe exited the game in the third quarter with a groin injury; LB Elandon Roberts left with a groin injury.

UP NEXT

Panthers: Play at Detroit on Sunday.

Patriots: Play at Tampa Bay on Thursday night.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Panthers Patriots
11:47 Stephen Gostkowski 41 yd FG 0 3
07:41 Graham Gano 32 yd FG 3 3

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Panthers Patriots
12:39 Chris Hogan 2 yd pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski kick) 3 10
09:41 Fozzy Whittaker 28 yd pass from Cam Newton (Graham Gano kick) 10 10
04:30 Stephen Gostkowski 35 yd FG 10 13
00:26 Devin Funchess 10 yd pass from Cam Newton (Graham Gano kick) 17 13
00:00 Stephen Gostkowski 58 yd FG 17 16

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Panthers Patriots
02:47 Devin Funchess 16 yd pass from Cam Newton (missed kick) 23 16

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Panthers Patriots
12:58 Cam Newton 7 yd run (Graham Gano kick) 30 16
08:46 Dion Lewis 8 yd run (Stephen Gostkowski kick) 30 23
03:09 Danny Amendola 1 yd pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski kick) 30 30
00:00 Graham Gano 48 yd FG 33 30

Team Stats
  Carolina New England
1st Downs 28 24
Total Yards 444 373
Passing 304 293
Passing Completions/Attempts 22-29 32-45
Yards/Pass 9.8 6.1
Rushing 140 80
Rushing Attempts 29 19
Yards/Rush 4.8 4.2
Turnovers 2 0
Fumbles Lost 1 0
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Possession 28:53 31:07

Carolina Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Cam Newton 22 29 316 10.9 3 1

New England Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Tom Brady 32 45 307 6.8 2 0

Carolina Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Jonathan Stewart 14 68 4.9 0 15
Cam Newton 8 44 5.5 1 13
Christian McCaffrey 6 16 2.7 0 5
Damiere Byrd 1 12 12.0 0 12

New England Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Mike Gillislee 12 49 4.1 0 13
Dion Lewis 4 18 4.5 1 8
James White 1 7 7.0 0 7
Brandin Cooks 1 4 4.0 0 4
Tom Brady 1 2 2.0 0 2

Carolina Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Kelvin Benjamin 4 104 26.0 0 43
Devin Funchess 7 70 10.0 2 16
Ed Dickson 3 62 20.7 0 25
Fozzy Whittaker 3 34 11.3 1 28
Christian McCaffrey 4 33 8.2 0 12
Russell Shepard 1 13 13.0 0 13
Damiere Byrd 0 0 0.0 0
Jonathan Stewart 0 0 0.0 0

New England Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Rob Gronkowski 4 80 20.0 0 43
Chris Hogan 5 60 12.0 1 26
James White 10 47 4.7 0 9
Danny Amendola 6 42 7.0 1 16
Brandin Cooks 3 38 12.7 0 17
Phillip Dorsett 1 17 17.0 0 17
James Develin 2 14 7.0 0 8
Dion Lewis 1 9 9.0 0 9
Dwayne Allen 0 0 0.0 0
Jacob Hollister 0 0 0.0 0

Carolina Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Luke Kuechly 12 2 0 0
Shaq Thompson 9 1 0 0
Mike Adams 7 0 0 0
James Bradberry 6 0 0 0
Demetrious Cox 4 0 0 0
Julius Peppers 2 2 2 11
Thomas Davis 2 0 0 0
Captain Munnerlyn 2 0 0 0
Kawann Short 1 1 1 3
Vernon Butler 1 0 0 0
Kurt Coleman 1 1 0 0
Wes Horton 1 0 0 0
Star Lotulelei 1 0 0 0
Kyle Love 1 0 0 0
Kevon Seymour 1 0 0 0
Alex Armah 0 0 0 0
Damiere Byrd 0 0 0 0
Jared Norris 0 0 0 0
Jonathan Stewart 0 0 0 0

New England Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Malcolm Butler 7 1 0 0
Kyle Van Noy 5 2 1 0
Patrick Chung 5 1 0 0
Trey Flowers 4 2 0 0
Elandon Roberts 4 1 0 0
Stephon Gilmore 3 1 0 0
Lawrence Guy 3 0 0 0
Cassius Marsh 3 1 0 0
Devin McCourty 3 2 0 0
Dont'a Hightower 2 0 1 12
Malcom Brown 2 2 0 0
Duron Harmon 2 0 0 0
Jonathan Jones 2 0 0 0
Marquis Flowers 1 0 0 0
Eric Rowe 1 1 0 0
Deatrich Wise Jr. 1 0 0 0
Brandon Bolden 0 0 0 0
James Develin 0 0 0 0
Nate Ebner 0 0 0 0
Jordan Richards 0 0 0 0

Carolina Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

New England Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Malcolm Butler 1 -2 0

Carolina Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Christian McCaffrey 3 58 19.3 0 21

New England Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Dion Lewis 1 23 23.0 0 23

Carolina Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Christian McCaffrey 2 25 12.5 0 13

New England Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
No punt return stats.

Carolina Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Graham Gano 2 2 100.0 48

New England Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Stephen Gostkowski 3 3 100.0 58

Carolina Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Michael Palardy 1 35 35

New England Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Ryan Allen 3 135 49