Panthers Blow Big Lead, But Edge Colts, 29-26, in OT to Remain Unbeaten
Graham Gano kicked a game-winning, 52-yard field goal, and the Carolina Panthers withstood a fourth-quarter collapse to beat the Indianapolis Colts, 29-26, in overtime in rain-soaked Charlotte on Monday night. As a result of the victory, Carolina (7-0) remained the NFC’s lone unbeaten team.
The Panthers led 23-6 midway through the fourth quarter, but the Colts mounted a furious rally. Andrew Luck tossed touchdown passes to Andre Johnson and Coby Fleener before the two-minute warning to cut Indy’s deficit to 23-20.
After getting the ball back from Carolina for a final drive, Indianapolis (3-4) tied the game on Adam Vinatieri's 24-yard field goal as time expired.
The teams traded field goals on their first possessions of overtime, but Luke Kuechly intercepted Luck on the Colts’ second possession of OT to set up Gano’s game-winning kick four plays later.
The teams combined for seven turnovers in the game, which was played in a driving rain for most of the night.
Luck passed for 231 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions for the Colts. Cam Newton passed for 248 yards, with two touchdowns to Corey Brown for the Panthers.
Additionally, the televised broadcast showed two protesters, who repelled from the upper deck at Bank of America Stadium, before they were apprehended by police.