Instant analysis: Panthers win was wack, ultimately special because of Graham Gano


Instant analysis: Panthers win was wack, ultimately special because of Graham Gano

Graham Gano picked a great time to dig deep for a career-long field goal. Newton threw two interceptions, and the receivers struggled to get open. It's also the second-longest kick in National Football League history, putting Gano in a five-way tie behind Matt Prater, who hit a 64-yarder for the Broncos in the thin Denver air in 2013. Eli Manning hooked up with Saquon Barkley on a 15-yard touchdown pass down the right sideline - the rookie made a long dive into the end zone - to put the Giants in front 31-30 with 1:08 remaining.

"I don't know", Beckham said.

"I'm going to stand by him and none of that will be a distraction as far as us winning football games", Newton said.

It has been said often but it's worth repeating: Cam Newton is a large man.

- The Bills botched a field goal late in the first half - either it was a blown fake or an issue getting the ball down for the kick.

In making that kick, Gano bailed his head coach out.

Beckham Jr. beat Bradberry and safety Mike Adams for a 33-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter, following a Newton pick.

After blasting his team earlier this week, New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. could be on the receiving end of criticism now after his terrible mistake led to a Carolina Panthers touchdown. The ball hit off his leg and two other Giants had a chance to recover the loose ball before eight-year veteran special teams player Colin Jones recovered in the end zone for his first career score and a 14-3 Carolina lead.

With a large American flag in the middle of the field, Reid went to his right knee as the "The Star-Spangled Banner" was sung by Marc Martel. And new signing safety Eric Reid bolsters the secondary.

Reid, who signed a one-year contract with the Panthers last week, claimed at the beginning of the offseason that he wasn't receiving interest from teams due to his decision to kneel during the national anthem.

Despite Trump's threats, several players continued to take a knee during the national anthem - though that number has dwindled at the start of this NFL season.



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