The Carolina Panthers got all they could handle from the New York Giants on Sunday, but came through on the game’s final drive to improve to 3-1 on the season. Trailing 31-30 after leading for most of the day, the Panthers drove down the field in the final minute and Graham Gano kicked a 63-yard field goal as time expired to lift them to a 33-31 win over the now 1-4 Giants.
As a result, Carolina now finds itself tied with the New Orleans Saints for first place in the NFC South. The Saints can still take a half-game lead over the Panthers with a win over the Washington Redskins on Monday night, but the fact remains that Sunday’s victory was a huge one for the Panthers.
The Panthers fell down 3-0 early, but bounced back with 17 unanswered points. New York hung around, though, and ultimately took the lead on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning to Saquon Barkley with 1:08 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Carolina remained undaunted, as Cam Newton found rookie wide receiver DJ Moore for a 20-yard completion on second down and later hit second-year running back Christian McCaffrey for a 9-yard gain on another second-down play. Following a 1-yard run from McCaffrey to pick up a first down on third-and-1 from the New York 46-yard line, Newton spiked the ball to stop the clock and threw an incompletion on the next play to set up Gano’s last-second heroics.
It wasn’t pretty, as Newton said in his postgame press conference. But a win is a win, and the Panthers will certainly take it.
Here’s a look at the three best performances from the Panthers’ Week 5 win over the Giants.
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