CHARLOTTE, NC (AP/WBTV) - Cam Newton threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Ted Ginn Jr. with 59 seconds left and the Carolina Panthers held off the New England Patriots 24-20 Monday night for their sixth straight victory when officials picked up a penalty flag on the final play.
Stephen Gostkowski's 26-yard field goal put the Patriots up 20-17 before Newton drove Carolina 83 yards on 13 plays for the go-ahead touchdown. The speedy Ginn escaped Kyle Arrington along the left sideline and outraced Logan Ryan to the left pylon for his third touchdown of the season.
Newton completed 19 of 28 passes for 209 yards and three touchdowns.
Tom Brady didn't go down without a fight.
With 59 seconds and three timeouts to work with, Brady got the Patriots to the Carolina 18 with 3 seconds left but was intercepted in the end zone by safety Robert Lester as time expired.
Officials initially threw a flag on the play, apparently for pass interference, but then waved it off.
When asked about the play, Brady said "I don't know whether it's a good call or bad call but we had plenty of chances. We don't make any excuses. We could have done a better job tonight. When you play good teams on the road you gotta play good for 60 minutes and we didn't."
Newton says Ginn's skills were on full display when he caught that pass with just over a minute to go.
"He caught the ball, made a guy miss and his speed made him get to the end zone and that's what this team is full of. Playmakers that has a capability of making big plays," Newton said.