Panthers Hold Off Patriots on Final Play for Win

CITY-NFL-popupMonday night’s football game was set in Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, home of the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers were hosting the New England Patriots, for arguably this season’s best Monday Night Football Game. The Panthers, 6-4 going into the game were boasting one of the league’s best defenses, up against Tom Brady and the always prolific New England offense. The game was a true barometer for testing the presence of the Panthers’ defense, who have been able to hold offenses like that of the San Francisco 49ers and The Seattle Seahawks. And the Carolina Panthers proved themselves worthy of being a top NFC team.

Cam Newton threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Ted Ginn Jr. with 59 seconds left, and the Panthers held off the Patriots 24-20, for their sixth straight victory. Gostkowski’s 26-yard field goal put the Patriots ahead 20-17 before Newton drove the Panthers 83 yards up the field on 13 plays for the go-ahead touchdown. Tom Brady didn’t go down without a fight though. With 59 seconds to work with and three timeouts, Brady led the offense up to the Panthers’ 18 yard line. However, on the last play from scrimmage, Brady was intercepted in the end-zone by Carolina Safety Robert Lester. Time expired. The game was over.

However, there was a caveat. Officials initially threw a flag on the play for pass interference. Gronkowski made his way on a buttonhook route into the endzone, and was being held by Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly. The hold was in the back of the endzone, however, and the pass was intercepted just inside of the endzone. Lester had intercepted the pass before it had made it to Gronkowski, thus determining the ball to have been uncatchable. The flag was waived off, and the Panthers were pronounced the winners, an eerily punctuated win for a big-time game.

Newton completed 19 of his 28 passes for 209 yards and 3 touchdowns and added 62 yards rushing on 7 carries, good for 8.5 yards per carry. Carolina had entered the game as the league’s No. 1 defense, and showed their stuff, sacking Brady twice, and holding Gronkowski to only one reception for fourteen yards in the opening half. Going into the first half, the Panthers had allowed only ten points in the first half in all of their match ups combined. Gronkowski scored in the third quarter on a terrific individual play, taking a short pass from Brady and powering through defenders to cross the plain into the endzone.

Newton threw touchdown passes to Brandon LaFell, Greg Olsen, and Ted Ginn Jr.

To say the least, this was a game that tested both teams, and showed who the competitors really are going into wildcard contention playoffs. The Patriots have struggled to get their offense moving, and were not as improved after their bye-week as many thought they’d be. However, it’s hard to bet against Tom Brady. The Panthers have shown themselves to be an elite defense with an impressively efficient offense, and are leading the wildcard contention race in the NFC. The rest of the season will be interesting to say the least, with both conferences being highly competitive.


from Douglas MacFaddin’s Sports Page


Published by: Doug MacFaddin

Douglas Willis MacFaddin was born June 16, 1961 in the Miamisburg Hospital to Patricia Ann MacFaddin and Richard Willis MacFaddin. My mother’s maiden name is Morrison and she is the youngest of seven children who were raised in Lycippus, PA. My father was the second of four children and was a twin. He was raised in the town of Viola, DE. At the time of my birth, my father worked at the Mound Laboratories in Miamisburg, Ohio in research. Mound was an Atomic Energy Commission facility for nuclear weapon research during the Cold War. My mother made a home for our family. My father passed away in 1991 and my mother is currently living in Avon, CT. Doug MacFaddin is the oldest of five children (Doug, R. Stuart, Anne Marie, Megan and Mary (Heather)). I lived in Ohio for two years, spent the next seven years in Murrysville, PA (outside of Pittsburgh), moved to Little Silver, NJ and relocated my senior year in high school to Avon, CT. My four siblings currently live with their families in Avon, CT and are members of St. Ann’s Church. I attended Mother of Sorrows School in Murrysville, PA. In NJ, I attended Little Silver Point Road School, Markham Place School and Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) in Lincroft, NJ for three years. My senior year, I attended Avon High School and I then spent the next four years at Union College, Schenectady, NY. I received a BS in Industrial Economics and graduated in June 1983. While at Salomon Brothers, I was asked to attend a two-week seminar for Public Finance at the University of Michigan in 1986. In Little Silver, I was involved in Troop 126 where I achieved the rank of Life Scout and was both a Patrol Leader and a Senior Patrol Leader. I also was an alter boy at St. James Catholic Church and spent summers a the Ship Ahoy Beach Club in Seabright, NJ and caddying at the Rumson Country Club. At Christian Brothers Academy, I wrestled for the varsity squad for three years. I took second in the districts my junior year and went on to the regionals. I also ran on their cross country team freshman year and was part of the CBA Colt team that hasn’t lost a duel meet since 1973. My senior year at Avon, I won the wrestling States (S). I went on to wrestle at Union College and qualified for the Div III nationals twice (1981, 1982) and was co-captain both years. My senior year at Avon, CT, I also won the States (S) in pole vaulting. It was the first time Avon High School had a state champ in two sports in the same year. During my four years, I earned nine varsity letters between wrestling, track and football. In 1979, I was accepted into The National Honor & Merit Scholars Society. Upon graduating from Union College, I accepted a position at Salomon Brothers Inc in August 1983. I was an analyst in their Public Finance department at One New York Plaza. I lived in Park Slope, Brooklyn and spent the next four years working at Salomon Brothers. As a result of Black Monday, October 19, 1987 the Public Finance Department of Salomon Brothers was jettisoned to conserve capital. By November 1, 1987, I was working at Dean Witter Reynolds in the new Public Finance Department made up of many of my former Salomon Brother’s colleagues. The new Department was located on the 57th floor of 2 World Trade Center.

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