The Carolina Panthers beat the New England Patriots 24-20 in what may have been the NFL game of the season. New England had one final throw to the end zone to try to win it, when Luke Kuechly bear hugged Rob Gronkowski in the back of the end zone while the pass was intercepted. (Kuechly was called for interference, negating an interception, in the previous wild finish where Carolina lost to Buffalo.)
That final drive drama was set up by the go ahead touchdown pass from Cam Newton to Ted Ginn with a minute left, as Newton put to rest (for now) the talk that he cannot win the close one. Two weeks in a row, Carolina has come up with close wins against playoff teams, this one in, well, controversial fashion.
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