The Carolina Panthers are having their best season in franchise history, with an undefeated record of 7-0, but last night’s game was a close call with a 29 to 26 victory over the Indianapolis Colts.
Until the fourth quarter, the Panthers were leading the Colts 23-6; but the Colts came roaring back to tie the game and force overtime. The close game was won by a 52- yard field goal by former FSU kicker, Graham Gano. Gano says that this year the Panthers are motivated to do well, whether it is in the workouts or on the field.
Last night’s game featured a quarterback battle of elite college signal callers in Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton for the Panthers and Andrew Luck for the Colts. Newton had the best of it early, but Luck got hot in the fourth quarter, completing 12 of 15 passes to put his team back in the game.
Newton completed just 16 of 35 throws but did throw two touchdown passes. Overall, Newton was very impressed with how the team played even though he wasn’t happy with the final outcome of the game.
With the loss, the Colts fall to 3-5 overall; but in the AFC South, the team is still in the hunt for a division title.
Four teams are still unbeaten in the NFL. In Week 9, the Panthers hope to continue their undefeated season as they face the Green Bay Packers (6-1) on Sunday at home. The Colts will take on the Denver Broncos (7-0) on Sunday at home.