Patriots lost four seconds after Ted Ginn TD in Week 11

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Ted Ginn's touchdown featured a little clock controversy.
Ted Ginn's touchdown featured a little clock controversy. (USATSI)

How it happened will be judged but there's no question it happened: the Patriots were robbed of four extra seconds against the Panthers on Monday night in Week 11.

When Ted Ginn scored the game-winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter last week, the clock didn't stop for four seconds. The news was first reported by Adam Schefter of ESPN -- which broadcast the game -- on Sunday afternoon and a review of the Panthers-Pats game on Game Rewind confirms as much.

Cam Newton hit Ginn on a hitch route that the wide receiver took to the end zone, diving across the goal line and hitting the pylon with one minute and three seconds remaining on the clock:

But the clock didn't freeze at 1:03 as it should have. Instead, as you can see from this screen shot, the clock kept moving for an additional four seconds, finally stopping with 59 seconds remaining on the clock:

Tom Brady ultimately ended up throwing an interception on the final play of the game -- there was PLENTY of controversy surrounding that play as well -- but another four seconds in an extremely close game could've possibly given the Patriots another look at scoring to take the lead.

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