Last second field goal dooms the Patriots against the Panthers

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Last second field goal dooms the Patriots against the Panthers

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton reacts after rushing for a first down during the second half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium.

These are the top takeaways from the Carolina Panthers' Week 4 victory over the New England Patriots.

After Brady put together a 10-play drive, hitting Danny Amendola on fourth-and-1 to tie the game at 30 with 3:09 to play, there was time for Newton to do something - whether it was score a touchdown or get in field-goal range for Graham Gano.

After what looked like a third-down stop late in the fourth with the game tied, an illegal hands to the face penalty to Stephon Gilmore gave the Panthers new life.

The victor served as redemption for Gano, who missed an extra point in the third quarter. WR Chris Hogan snared a TD (a two-yarder in the second quarter), the third straight game that he's had a TD, matching his career best of four in a season, with the Patriots a year ago and with Buffalo in 2014 ... "It has happened in all three games: We've missed opportunities to complete big plays - big passes for big plays", Carolina coach Ron Rivera said. 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.

"We just have to know that moving forward this can be a jumpstart to a great thing for this season for us or it can just be a flash in the frying pan", Newton said. New weapons Brandin Cooks and Rex Burkhead have already integrated into the system, adding to a supporting cast that rates as one of the best of Brady's career. "It's obviously something we need to work a little harder at", said Harmon. "You could call this a character win".

New England has allowed 33 points or more in three of its four games so far, giving up an average of 32 points that ranks 31st in the 32-team NFL.

On the next play, Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart carried up the middle for a 15-yard gain, putting Carolina near midfield. The run, then another Patriots penalty and two runs by Newton into the line, set up the kick.

"I was surprised, but I was playing aggressive and I don't know what else I could do". I'm not too anxious about having enough leg to get it there.

"I wouldn't even say anybody's new anymore".

Newton appeared more like his 2015 self, tossing for 316 yards and three touchdowns on 22-of-29 passing. "We'll get it done". We're beating ourselves. We lost the game ourselves.

The first-place Rams are off to a 3-1 start after a road win at Dallas. Butler made his first interception of the season and linebacker Dont'a Hightower returned after missing two weeks with a knee injury.

"There's no guarantees and every year is different", said Brady, who engineered a comeback against Houston that pulled out the 36-33 win the previous week.

"It's just bad, bad football". Rob Gronkowski (four catches for 80 yards) became the Patriots' third all-time leading receiver (6,413), surpassing Troy Brown (6,366).

Running back Marshawn Lynch showed up for his Oakland Raiders' 16-10 loss at the Denver Broncos wearing a T-shirt reading "Everybody vs. Trump", his own personal statement in the ongoing sparring between President Donald Trump and NFL players who choose to sit or kneel during the national anthem.

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