Indianapolis Colts at Carolina Panthers 11/2/15 NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Final Score: Panthers 29, Colts 26
November 2, 2015
Wrapping up the Week 8 schedule on “Monday Night Football,” we had a cross-conference clash between the Colts and the Panthers. Indianapolis was coming off a 6-point loss to the Saints, while Carolina stayed undefeated with a win over the Eagles in Week 7. This game was a rain-soaked mess, with plenty of gaffes due to the slippery conditions.
Let’s check out some of the notable players and stats from the game so that we can figure out why things played out the way they did. Afterward we’ll look ahead to Week 9 to see what’s in store for both teams.
What Happened: Early on, it appeared the Panthers weren’t bothered by the sloppy conditions as much as the Colts were. Carolina was able to get a running game going early, cashing in on a 39-yard Graham Gano field goal and a 3-yard Jonathan Stewart TD run. That was the only scoring of the first, making it 10-0 Panthers.
In the second quarter, the Panthers offense stalled, and the Colts capitalized on their mistakes with a pair of Adam Vinatieri field goals from 47 and 34 yards out. At the end of the half, it was 10-6 Panthers.
After the break, the Panthers extended their lead on a 27-yard Cam Newton pass to Greg Olsen, which was the only scoring of the third.
In the fourth quarter, Carolina extended their lead to a seemingly insurmountable deficit with an 8-yard TD pass to Corey Brown from Newton.
The Colts, however, were able to storm back late in the fourth on a pair of Andrew Luck TD passes to Andre Johnson and Coby Fleener. A Vinatieri field goal would tie things up and send it to overtime.
In the extra period, the Colts took the lead briefly on a field goal, but weren’t able to stop the Panthers. Gano hit a pair of field goals on the ensuing drives that would lock it up for Carolina at 29-26 in a much closer than expected game.
The Panthers somehow stay unbeaten at 7-0, while the Colts fall to 3-5.
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The Stars: Even though he missed an extra point, Gano deserves a lot of clutch credit here for his 3-3 field goals. Vinatieri was no slouch, either, with 4-4 on the night--he was the key to his team even being in it.
Offensively, Stewart came up with 24 rushes for 82 yards and the TD. Newton threw for 248, two scores and a pick, also running for 41 yards on 10 rushes.
The Goats: We suppose it couldn’t be helped due to the rainy conditions, but this game was a comedy of errors. Luck had three picks and the Panthers lost two fumbles--the ball was very difficult to secure.
The Panthers’ Tedd Ginn also dropped a pair of wide-open passes that would have been huge for his team--one would have been an easy TD that would have won the game outright in the extra period.
Injuries: The Colts were missing starting center Khaled Holmes due to a neck injury here, and Luck was playing with multiple fractured ribs.
The Panthers were also missing C Ryan Kalil.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 9, both teams will be back in action on Sunday, November 8. The Panthers will host the Packers (1:00 PM ET on FOX), while the Colts will welcome the Broncos (4:25 PM ET on CBS).
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