I can’t believe the Panthers won this game. And honestly what a win, what a football game. The Panthers are 5-0 for just the second time in their team history.
And in his career, I don’t know if Cam Newton has made a bigger, more beautiful throw that this one. I swear I thought Ron Rivera would just play for the tie as usual. But on the road in a hostile environment, with seemingly nothing to lose; Rivera let his quarterback turn it loose and rip it. Newton led the Panthers on the fourth of four 80-yard touchdown scoring drives.
Newton had an up and down day, 20 of 36 for 269 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. He also ran for their first score of the day. But this one was clearly not about stats – it was about finally conquering the beast that Seattle has been for Carolina.
Newton was 12 of 15 for 169 yards in the fourth quarter.
Carolina battled back all day long. After jumping out to 7-0, they fell behind all the way to 20-7. Then it was 23-14 with about four minutes to go in the game when Newton hit Olsen down to the one and set up a Jonathan Stewart rushing touchdown.
The Panthers got the ball back before the two minute warning – a big holding call against Seattle set them behind schedule and Carolina stamped them out in three downs after a first down strike to Jimmy Graham gave them a fresh set of downs.
I’ve never felt like the Carolina Panthers were more legitimate. They really don’t have a lot on offense and aren’t a team that can really play from behind multiple scores. But Cam Newtown with a supporting cast of Devin Funchess, Greg Olsen, Ted Ginn, Philly Brown, and Jerricho Cotchery and a sledgehammer defense seem to be just getting it done week by week and this is obviously a high-character group that loves playing eachother. There are a lot of high grade players on their defense and when they get a good performance, they give Cam the ball with a chance to win every week.
Today’s win was just incredible. A landmark win – like when they beat the Patriots on Monday Night Football a few magical seasons ago.