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Carolina Panthers Moment No. 4: The largest comeback in team history
The 2018 Carolina Panthers were a team that enjoyed an impressive start with a large amount of talent. And this ultimately ended disappointingly.
Throughout that hot start, no win was more important or exciting than the Week 7 contest against the Philadelphia Eagles. The defending Super Bowl champions came into this game with a 3-3 record despite their talent level and previous successes.
The Panthers were also a very inconsistent team that needed a big win against the Eagles to build further momentum. They had already beaten two NFC East opponents in the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants. But the team had fallen to the Washington Redskins the week before in an embarrassing loss.
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The offense seemed lethargic and struggled to move the ball effectively. And their lack of defensive pressure led to the Eagles scoring the opening ten points of the game.
The Panthers were shut out in the first half. And things got even worse when they gave up another score shortly after the break.
Things started to happen at the start of the fourth quarter. The Panthers drove down the field to the Eagles’ 14, where Newton ran a reverse play to Curtis Samuel for the team’s first touchdown of the game.
The Panthers got the ball back quickly at their own 13. Newton then orchestrated a perfect drive, with six straight completions and an 18-yard touchdown to Devin Funchess, as well as a two-point conversion to bring Carolina within three.
Luke Kuechly and the Panthers’ defense stepped up on the following drive with an impressive three and out. With just over two minutes remaining, the Panthers had a chance to complete their largest comeback in franchise history.
Newton was met with heavy pressure and threw three straight incompletions, forcing a fourth and ten that could have been the final chance. The signal-caller survived contact and hit former Eagle Torrey Smith on the right boundary as he ran through the secondary for a gain of 35 yards.
Following an eight-yard completion and a broken up pass for Smith, Newton faced another crucial third down at the 26-yard line. Breakout star Christian McCaffrey caught a pass out of the backfield for a 22-yard gain, setting up the Panthers inside of the five-yard line.
A wide-open Greg Olsen would catch the game-winning touchdown three plays later. And the Panthers’ defense held firm in the closing stages to round off a sensational fightback.