Panthers outlast Colts in OT to stay unbeaten
CHARLOTTE, N.C.- The Carolina Panthers remain the NFC's only unbeaten team, but they needed overtime to stay that way.
Graham Gano drilled a 52-yard field goal at 9:38 of overtime to give the 7-0 Panthers a 29-26 win over Indianapolis. Both teams traded field goals on their first two possessions of OT, with Gano extending the game on a 42-yard boot after Adam Vinatieri hit one from 50 yards out.
Gano almost became the goat of the game. He missed an extra point early in the fourth quarter before the Colts scored 17 unanswered points in the final 7:07 to extend the game. Andrew Luck fueled the Colts' comeback with touchdown passes to Andre Johnson and Coby Fleener before Vinatieri hit a 24-yard kick as regulation expired.
Cam Newton had an uneven game while playing through a hard rainstorm, although his eight-yard scoring strike to Corey Brown put Carolina ahead 23-6 with 10:44 remaining in regulation. Newton was 16 of 35 for 248 yards, two TDs, one interception and a lost fumble.
Luck was picked off three times while completing 23 of his 47 throws for 231 yards and two touchdowns for the 3-5 Colts. His third interception set up the game-winning kick.
The Panthers are one of a league-record four teams who are off to 7-0 starts. Carolina has won 11 straight regular-season games dating to last year.