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Panthers 33 Giants 31: Graham Gano rescues the Panthers at the buzzer with a 63-yard game winner

The Panthers somehow came out on top over the Giants 33-31.

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The Panthers just won a football game that they had no business winning. After letting the Giants come back late in the fourth quarter to take a 31-30 lead, the Panthers offense had just 90-ish seconds to make something happen.

They made something happen, alright.

After a few questionable calls on offense, the Panthers were faced with an unpleasant proposition—a 63-yard field goal attempt with just six seconds left on the clock. Graham Gano—whose career long until today was 54 yards—came out for a chance to bring the Panthers back from the depths of defeat.

And he did.

Gano buried the kick. Distance wise, it would have been good from at least 67 yards, but he barely squeaked it inside the upright to give the Panthers an unexpected win in a game that really shouldn’t have been that close.

The Panthers let the Giants score first, but then took over the game thanks to Curtis Samuel turning in to Beast Mode for his first career touchdown. Then, the Giants decided to give the Panthers another touchdown on a muffed punt that was recovered in the end zone by THE ACE THAT RUNS THE PLACE COLIN JONES, and we thought we were en route to a dominating performance from the Panthers.

That’s not what happened, though. Because we can’t have nice things around here, the Panthers offense went into turtle mode, and as expected the Giants made a game of it in the second half. Eventually they took the lead with under two minutes to go because the Panthers decided to stop tackling for some reason, which gave every Panthers fan feelings of frustration for letting a winnable game get away from them.

But then Gano happened, and the Panthers are now 3-1.

Honestly, that insane ending was the perfect exclamation point for today’s game, and thankfully the Panthers were able to come out on top.

The 3-1 Panthers head to Washington next week, so hopefully they can keep this momentum going for another week and pick up their third straight win.

Live updates

FINAL SCORE: Panthers 33 - Giants 31

4th quarter


The Panthers have completely blown this game. Gano is out to try a 63-yard field goal.

Newton spikes it with 0:11 left. Panthers need about 10-ish more yards.

CMC picks up the first down. Clock moving. Panthers have to clock it here.

Cam finds CMC at the 46 yard line. It’s 3rd down. Timeout Panthers. 0:30 left.

Funchess slips on his route and the pass falls incomplete. 2nd down. 0:35 left.

Newton finds Moore at midfield and hits him with a dagger. 1st down.

Cam throws to Samuel but it falls incomplete. 2nd and 10

TOUCHDOWN GIANTS: And of course the Giants score on the next play. The XP is good and I hate life. Panthers 30 - Giants 31

The call is overturned and it’s still 30-24 but the Giants have it on the Panthers 15-yard line.

LOLOLOL Eli throws a touchdown pass to Russell Shepard because of course that’s how this game has to go. He was down by contact though so it should come back.

Manning finds his tight end for a first down.

Two minute warning.

Giants gain 8 on their first play.

FIELD GOAL PANTHERS: Gano’s kick is good. Panthers 30 - Giants 24

The refs pick up the flag and it’s 4th down. Gano comes out for a 39-yard field goal attempt.

Cam throws incomplete but there is a flag on the field.

Newton is sacked for a big loss by Connor Barwin. It’s 3rd and long now.

The Giants burn their 2nd timeout.

PANTHERS CONVERT! Cam fakes a handoff and throws to Jarius Wright for 26 yards!

The Giants take a timeout.

RIVERBOAT RON Y’ALL - The Panthers are going for it.

Tyler Larsen taking warm up snaps at the moment.

Kalil is walking off on his own.

Kalil is down on the field. He’s sitting up with his helmet on, though. Hopefully he’s okay.

And he didn’t. Of course.

Newton runs the sneak and it depends on the spot as to whether he got the first down or not.

CMC carries on 2nd and 3 for a 2 yard gain. 3rd and 1.

Newton carries it to the Giants 46 yard line. 2nd down.

Torrey Smith limps off the field after the play.

CMC picks up the first down on the toss sweep.

Newton faked out everyone with a fake handoff to McCaffrey and then took it himself on the keeper for a nice gain. He bulldozes his way through the defenders to pick up a few extra yards.

Newton finds Funchess for a moderate gain and a first down.

Panthers pick up five yards on first down.

Holding against the Panthers and roughing the passer against the Giants. Penalties offset. Replay first down.

There are flags everywhere, folks.

TOUCHDOWN GIANTS: And of course, Manning throws it deep to Beckham, who abuses Bradberry and hauls in the touchdown. The Giants are going for two and they get it because of course they do. Panthers 27 - Giants 24

Aaaand Cam throws another pick. Janoris Jenkins gets him this time. This game is bananas y’all.

The Panthers run two plays that gain zero yards. It’s now 3rd and long.


TOUCHDOWN PANTHERS! Newton finds a wide open McCaffrey in the flat and CMC does the rest! Gano’s XP is good. Panthers 27 - Giants 16

CMC picks up some quality yards on the jet sweep and the Panthers now have 3rd and 5.

LOL Christian McCaffrey just ran into a brick wall known as Trai Turner. The play went for no gain.

Cam throws a strike to D.J. Moore for a first down. Great play.

The Giants get flagged for helmet to helmet contact on Funchess and the Panthers gain 15 yards and a first down.

Cam’s throw to Funchess is incomplete but there is a flag on the field. Funchess is still down. Hopefully he’s okay.

It’s now 3rd and 13 for the Panthers.

END OF 3RD QUARTER: Panthers 20 - Giants 16

3rd quarter

Cam finds Funchess for a huge first down gain of 14 yards.

Both teams trade 5 yard penalties so we’re right back where we started.

Snacks Harrison (HOF nickname, btw) stops CMC behind the line of scrimmage. 2nd and long.


Manning finds Shepard again. Captain Munnerlyn just got schooled.

Manning finds Shepard for a big gain on 1st down. Giants at midfield.

Aaaand Cam throws an interception. Welp. Welp. Welp.

Cam throws it to Samuel but he can’t come down with it. It’s now 2nd and 20.

McCaffrey picks up a few yards but there’s a flag on the field for illegal block in the back. It’s now 1st and long instead of 2nd and short. Thanks, Ryan Kalil.

The Panthers just went from a disaster at midfield to having a first down in Giants territory.

The Giants are flagged for holding and the interception doesn’t count. 1st down Panthers. B.W. Webb gets another 15 yards for contacting an official.

Newton is picked off but there is a flag on the field.

The Panthers were lined up to punt and Giants jump offside. It’s now 4th and 3 instead of 4th and 8. That changes things. The offense is on the field now.

Cam finds Funchess but he’s out of bounds. It’s now 3rd down.

Cam scrambles again, but this time he only gains 2 yards.

Cam scrambles and picks up 8 yards for a first down. More of those please.

CMC runs up the middle for 2 yards. Sigh.

Wright can’t quite haul in Newton’s pass and it’s 2nd and 10.

Newton finds Funchess for a 21 yard gain and a first down. Do more of that, please.

FIELD GOAL GIANTS: Rosas connects from 36 yards to bring the Giants within 4 points. Panthers 20 - Giants 16

Bradberry with a touchdown saving PBU in the end zone. 4th and 13.

The officials pick up the flag. Thank goodness.

Peppers tackles Barkley for a loss on 1st down, but there’s a flag on the field that appears to be for a facemask.

Bradberry catches Beckham and stops him just short of the line to gain. It’s 4th and short. The Giants go for it and get it on the Manning QB sneak.

It’s now 3rd and long after Barkley is shut down for no gain.

Manning throws it into the ground after no one gets open. 2nd and long.

Manning finds Beckham again for another first down.

Beckham has to play CB to stop Bradberry from picking off Manning. That would have been a timely turnover.

Barkley carries it for 31 yards to the Panthers 42 yard line. Sigh.

Manning finds Beckham again for 19 yards and another first down.

Barkley picks up two yards on first down.

Giants commit a penalty on the punt and start at their own 7 yard line.

And the Panthers lose the challenge. Welp. 4th down.

Cam finds Thomas on 3rd down and the pass is ruled incomplete, but Rivera is challenging the call. Looks like a catch to me, but I’m biased.

CMC picks up seven yards on the toss play and the Panthers have 2nd and short.

The kickoff sails out of the end zone for a touchback. The Panthers should score a touchdown on this drive imo.

HALFTIME: Panthers 20 - Giants 13

2nd quarter

FIELD GOAL GIANTS: Rosas nails the 53-yarder to pull the Giants to within a touchdown. Panthers 20 - Giants 13

The Panthers burn their final timeout to avoid a penalty for 12 men on the field. Smart move there from Luke Kuechly.

Manning finds Barkley but it’s for no gain. 4th down. The Giants will attempt a 53-yard field goal.

Kyle Love bats Manning’s pass down at the line. 3rd and 5 for the Giants.

Manning finds Davis again for another five yards.

Manning finds Davis for a 22-yard gain and the Giants are in Panthers territory.

Two minute warning.

Manning finds Ellison and Beckham on two consecutive plays to pick up a first down.

FIELD GOAL PANTHERS: Gano’s 47-yard attempt is good. Panthers 20 - Giants 10

Cam finds Thomas on 3rd and 7 but it only gains four yards. Field goal unit coming out. Gano will attempt a 47-yard field goal.

Cam calls his own number and fumbles it, but the Giants recover while out of bounds so the Panthers should retain possession. Sometimes it’s better to be lucky instead of good.

CMC bullies his way through the Giants defense for 14 yards and a first down. The Panthers are already across midfield.

The kickoff goes out of bounds so the Panthers start at their own 40.

TOUCHDOWN GIANTS: Barkley just caught a touchdown pass from... Odell Beckham Jr. Yes, you read that right. The XP is good. Panthers 17 - Giants 10

Rashaan Gaulden with a nice tackle on Barkley.

And then he picks up 20 on 2nd and 4 to eclipse his previous long run on the day.

Barkley picks up six yards on first down, his longest carry of the day.

Gano’s kick sails into the end zone for a touchback.

FIELD GOAL PANTHERS: Gano’s kick is good. Panthers 17 - Giants 3

Cam finds Jarius Wright on 3rd down but it only gains one yard. Gano is out for a 47-yard field goal attempt.

Moore fights for a few yards on 2nd down and that’s a good thing to see.

Cam tries a spin move on a designed run and it doesn’t work. Loss of a yard.

The offensive line is giving Cam all kinds of time. He takes advantage of that and finds Samuel for another first down.

Cam finds Ian Thomas for a 28-yard gain. Huge play there.

CMC picks up 8 yards on 1st down. 2nd and 2.

Byrd calls for the fair catch at the 20-yard line and the Panthers will take over there.

Manning’s pass to his tight end is incomplete and the Giants will have to punt.

Donte Jackson shuts down Shepard after a three-yard gain and it’s 3rd and 7.

Efe Obada gets pressure on Manning and hits him as he throws to force an incomplete pass on first down.

SPECIAL TEAMS TOUCHDOWN! The Giants muff the punt and it bounces back into the end zone and it’s recovered by THE ACE THAT RUNS THE PLACE COLIN JONES! Gano’s XP is good. Panthers 14 - Giants 3

McCaffrey is stuffed on 3rd and 1 and it’s now 4th down.

END OF 1ST QUARTER: Panthers 7 - Giants 3

1st quarter

Anderson bulldozes his way for five more yards and the Panthers have 3rd and 1 as the first quarter comes to a close.

C.J. Anderson gets in on the action with his first carry and gains four yards.

Manning’s pass is incomplete and the Panthers take over on downs.

The Giants are going for it on 4th down.

Sterling Shepard tried to jump over James Bradberry to pick up the first down, but Captain Munnerlyn was there to put a stop to that. 4th and 3.

The Panthers gang tackle Barkley for a loss and it’s now 3rd and long.

Manning just sacked himself, so that’s helpful.

Manning finds Beckham again for another 19-yard gain. The Panthers should cover him better imo.

TOUCHDOWN PANTHERS: Cam finds Curtis Samuel in the flat who then obliterates the Giants defense and takes it to the house! Gano’s XP is good. Panthers 7 - Giants 3

Christian McCaffrey slithers his way through the defense and picks up a first down at the Giants 25 yard line.

Guess who threw a key block on that reverse? If you guessed Cam Newton, you win the prize.

REVERSE! The Panthers run some trickeration and get DJ Moore the ball in space, and he gains a lot of yards! 18 to be exact!

The call is overturned and it is, in fact, a catch. First down Panthers.

Newton finds Funchess for a first down at their own 43 yard line, but it’s ruled incomplete because it appeared he didn’t get both feet down. Ron Rivera is challenging the call.

FIELD GOAL GIANTS: The 42-yard field goal attempt is good. Panthers 0 - Giants 3

The Panthers defense forces the Giants into a field goal attempt.

After a false start the Giants now face 3rd and 17.

Shaq Thompson blows up Barkley for a loss. Very nice play!

Donte Jackson ALMOST grabbed his fourth interception but can’t quite get under it.

Manning finds Beckham for a first down at the Panthers 25 yard line.

Aaaand they have to punt from their own end zone.

The first drive on offense could be going better. A three yard gain followed by false start and delay of game penalties.

Damiere Byrd tries to return the punt and it doesn’t go well. Panthers will start on their own 6 yard line.

Captain Munnerlyn makes a nice play to break up Eli Manning’s pass on third down and the Giants have to punt.

Odell Beckham Jr. with a very nice one-handed catch to give the Giants a first down. Can’t be too mad about that one.

Julius Peppers tackles Saquon Barkley for a two-yard loss on the first play from scrimmage.

Gano’s kickoff is returned to the 25-ish yard line.

The Panthers win the coin toss and defer to the second half. Defense, you’re up!

The Panthers and Giants kick off at 1 p.m. ET! Stay tuned for live updates as the action takes place on the field!


The Panthers return from their bye week this Sunday to take on the Giants at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. The Panthers will hope to spoil any chance of this being a Dave Gettleman Revenge Game by picking up a win, while at the same time staying on the Saints’ heels in the NFC South race.

Here’s all the information you need to follow the action as it happens live.

Game day information

What: Carolina Panthers vs New York Giants

When: Sunday, October 7 at 1 p.m. ET

Where: Bank of America Stadium (Charlotte, NC)

TV: FOX; Kenny Albert, Charles Davis (Coverage map)

Radio: Panthers radio (local); Mick Mixon, Jim Szoke, Eugene Robinson, Kevin Donnalley

Spanish Radio: Panthers radio (local); Jaime Moreno, Luis Moreno Jr

Weather: 85°/68° / Partly Cloudy / 7 mph ENE wind / 20% precip. (Complete forecast)

Miscellaneous information

Mobile app

You can download the official Panthers app to get live score updates during the game straight to your phone. Also, if you live in the NC/SC market you can listen to the live radio broadcast of every game with the app. You can find the Panthers app in your phone’s app store or you can download the app here.

Online Streaming

If you don’t live in the Panthers television market, you can stream all NFL preseason and regular season games on demand if you purchase NFL Game Pass. It’s a little pricey at $99, but it also includes access to All-22 film. If you’re just desperate to watch the Panthers game there is a 7-day free trial, but sign up at your own risk if you’re one of those people who forgets to cancel before the free trial is over.

*Note: You cannot watch regular season games live with this option. You have to wait until after the games are over before you can stream them. You can find more information here.

TV Replays

NFL Network will air condensed replays of a selected group of regular season games throughout the week. To see if/when the Panthers’ game will be replayed, you can check NFL Network’s television schedule for more information.

Roaring Riot Watch Parties

If you’re unable to watch the game via live tv or streaming, or if you prefer to watch in the company of fellow Panthers fans, check out the Roaring Riot to see if there is a watch party in your area. Membership is not required to get in the door, but if you’re interested in purchasing a membership you can find all the information you need here.


The Panthers will wear white uniforms for this game.


If you’re into that sort of thing, you can find info on NFL game odds by clicking here.

Stay tuned for a live update thread when the game kicks off at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday!

Panthers next four opponents

Week 6: at Washington; Sun, Oct 14, 1 p.m. ET

Week 7: at Philadelphia Eagles; Sun, Oct 21, 1 p.m. ET

Week 8: vs Baltimore Ravens; Sun, Oct 28, 1 p.m. ET

Week 9: vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Sun, Nov 4, 1 p.m. ET