Panthers Win Thriller against the Giants
The Carolina Panthers improved to 3-1 on the season after beating the New York Giants 33-31 at Bank of America Stadium in Uptown Charlotte. Carolina kicker Graham Gano converted the game-winning 63-yard field goal with one second remaining in the fourth quarter, setting the Panthers’ team record for the longest field goal made.
Moreover, Gano’s 63-yarder is tied for the longest game-winning field goal in the fourth quarter or overtime in NFL history. New Orleans kicker Tom Dempsey converted a 63-yard field goal in the fourth quarter of the Saints’ 19-17 victory over Detroit on November 8, 1970. Gano’s 63-yard field goal is tied for the second-longest in NFL history, trailing only Denver’s Matt Prater, who converted a 64-yarder vs. Tennessee on December 8, 2013.
In the game, New York’s rookie running back SaQuon Barkley had 129 total yards from scrimmage (48 rushing yards and 81 receiving yards). Included in those 81 receiving yards was a 57 yard touchdown strike thrown by wide-receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. Barkley is the third player in NFL history to record at least 100 scrimmage yards in each of his first five games to begin a career. Kansas City’s Kareem Hunt (seven games in 2017) and Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson (five in 2007) are the only other players to accomplish the feat.
Beckham had eight receptions on thirteen targets and tallied 131 receiving yards. Odell became the fourth player in NFL history to notch at least 100 receiving yards and a 50+ yard touchdown pass in the same game.
Meanwhile, Cam Newton completed 21 of 35 passes for 237 yards and two touchdowns. He also threw two interceptions. James Bradberry led the Panthers defense with eight tackles on the afternoon.
Carolina also welcomes back linebacker Thomas Davis after serving a four game suspension.
“We’ve been missing him,” Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly said. “Everybody is excited to have him back. His energy and his personality is something that we all enjoy.”
Falcons suffer rough times in Steel City
Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers scored four second half touchdowns and blew away the Atlanta Falcons 41-17 at Heinz Field. All week long, Falcons Head Coach Dan Quinn circled the wagons and told reporters there was no need to panic as his defense deals with the losses of Deion Jones, Ricardo Allen and Keanu Neal. However, Atlanta could not get off the field as the Steelers converted nine out of twelve 3rd downs on the afternoon.
“We’re going through a little funk right now,” Falcons linebacker De’Vondre Campbell said. “It happens. But it’s about how we respond to it. If we sit here and feel sorry for ourselves, we’re going to continue to lose. But if we lose and make corrections and the changes we need to make, then we’ll be just fine.”
Devonta Freeman tallied 32 yards on eight carries in his first game back since injuring his knee against the Philadelphia Eagles in week one. Matt Ryan completed 26 of 38 passes for 285 yards and one touchdown. However, the offensive line gave up six sacks on the day.
The Falcons have never won a game in franchise history in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In eight games at Three Rivers Stadium or Heinz Field, Atlanta is 0-7-1 all time in the Steel City. The Dirty Birds will travel to Pittsburgh in 2026.
Brees speeds by The Sheriff; Breaks All-Time Passing Record
Monday night, Drew Brees broke Peyton Manning’s passing record en route to the New Orleans Saints 43-19 victory against the Washington Redskins in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Coming into the game, Brees needed 201 yards to break Peyton Manning’s all-time passing mark of 71,940 yards. Brees’s 62 yard touchdown pass to Tre’Quan Smith with 2:52 remaining in the second quarter put the Saints signal caller over the top. Smith was wide open and easily sprinted away from Redskins’ safety Montae Nicholson’s tackle attempt en route to the end zone.
Brees’ teammates ran toward their quarterback as he jogged behind the play, and a group of them encircled Brees, celebrating en masse next to the Saints’ fleur-de-lis emblem on the 50-yard line.
In a dazzling display of offensive execution, the Saints averaged 7.1 yards per play. Brees would finish the night 26 of 29, amassed 363 passing yards and notched three touchdowns in the victory. Brees currently has 499 career touchdown passes. The New Orleans Saints are 4-1 and lead the NFC South.
In week six, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-2) return from their bye week to take on the Atlanta Falcons (1-4). Kickoff is 1:00 PM at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Carolina Panthers (3-1) will travel to the nation’s capital to face the Washington Redskins (2-2). Kickoff in that game is 1:00 PM at FedEx Field. The New Orleans Saints have a bye this week.
Statistics and historical references are from the Associated Press and NFL Media.