EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – Graham Gano’s 43-yard field goal as time expired kept Carolina perfect this season with a wild 38-35 victory over the New York Giants on Sunday.
Cam Newton threw for five touchdowns in building a 28-point lead before New York stormed back to tie it with 1:46 remaining.
Making yet another strong statement for NFL MVP honors, Newton led the Panthers (14-0) to their 18th straight regular-season victory. He has thrown for 19 touchdowns in the last five games and a career-best 33 in this so-far special season.
Carolina visits Atlanta and hosts Tampa Bay to finish the schedule. All three previous NFL teams to reach 14-0 – Miami in 1972, New England in 2007 and Indianapolis in 2009 – made the Super Bowl. Only the Dolphins won the championship, though.
Despite their rally, the Giants (6-8) fell one game behind Washington in the NFC East.