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Breaking down the Carolina Panthers vs. New England Patriots

On Sunday, Cam Newton returned to the his MVP caliber play as the Carolina Panthers stunned the reigning Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots in Foxborough on a game winning 48 yard field goal from Graham Gano.

Taking a 23-16 lead to the fourth quarter, Cam Newton scored his only rushing touchdown of the game as the Panthers took a commanding 30-16 lead. However, the Panthers were unable to stop the high-powered Patriots’ offense as they drove down the field twice that ended in a Dion Lewis touchdown to make it 30-23, and eventually tied the game on a Tom Brady touchdown pass to Danny Amendola with 3:09 remaining in the game. Newton then led his team down the field on a 10 play, 46-yard drive to set up the game winning field goal.

Newton finished the game, 22 of 29 passing attempts for 316 yards, 3 touchdowns, and an interception, as he managed to take advantage of New England’s last-ranked defense. He also ran for a touchdown. Kelvin Benjamin came out of his shell for the first time this season as he surpassed the 100-yard mark and finished with 104 yards on 4 catches. Devin Funchess had 2 of Cam’s touchdowns and finished with 7 catches for 70 yards. Jonathan Stewart ran for 68 yards on 14 carries and became the Panthers all time leading rusher passing DeAngelo Williams.

In previous games, the Panthers offense had been non-existent, but came alive against Tom Brady’s Patriots. Despite the loss, Brady finished with 307 yards and 2 touchdowns, 80 of those yards were to Rob Gronkowski.

Next up for Carolina is a road matchup with the Detroit Lions. They’ll hope to use this win as momentum and start a winning streak

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