NFL NEWS: The Carolina Panthers stayed undefeated but they had to do it the hard way as a late Indianapolis rally sent the craziness into overtime.
The Carolina Panthers (7-0) remained undefeated by taking down the Indianapolis Colts (3-5) in an overtime thriller, 29-26. The game hardly began like it was going to be a fight-for-your-life thriller for either team. The Colts botched an opening kickoff and a snap from center just seemed to roll back to Colts quarterback Andrew Luck. With less than eight minutes to go in the game, The Panthers had a commanding 23-6 lead. That was when things began to get a little crazy.
Luck threw for three interceptions in the game and his final one cost the Colts the win. Despite that, Luck rallied the Colts to 17 points to tie the game at the end of regulation time. The Panthers seemed to have had the game well in hand and then totally collapsed and allowed the Colts to scrape back into it, reports USA Today. Luck somehow fired up the Colts and put together two touchdown drives as well as a drive that led to a field goal to pull even of the undefeated Panthers at the end of regulation.
Granted, the weather stood against both teams as the rain poured down in Charlotte. Both Luck and Panthers quarterback Cam Newton only combined to throw for 16 total yards in the first quarter. Newton ended up going 16 of 35 for 248 yards and two TD passes. Newton also rushed for 41 yards in the game. The Panthers had an opportunity to win it as a perfect pass from Cam Newton was dropped by his wide open receiver Ted Ginn. But a circus catch a short time later allowed the Panthers to tie the game with a field goal.
The Panthers simply couldn’t pick up a first down on their next possession despite having the leading rushing game in the league. Luck got the ball back and started to drive down the field. Luck, however, threw his third interception of the game and it was enough for Newton to move them into field goal range for the eventual winning field goal.