Cam Newton fumbled on a third and short run where he had picked up the first down, but lost the ball back behind the line. When does a recovered fumble still kill you? Inside the last two minutes in that situation, because even though the Panthers recovered – staving off immediate disaster – it brought up fourth down. If Cam Newton holds the ball, the game is over. More on the punt strategy in tomorrow’s fourth and one log.
The punt strategy appeared to work, though, as the ball was downed at the one. That just set up a Matt Ryan bomb to Roddy White out of his own end zone. That put Atlanta in position in Carolina territory, and they kicked the game winner with 10 seconds left.
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