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Panthers go for 2 and fail late and lose 20-19 to Lions

DETROIT (AP) Cam Newton took a shotgun snap and set up in a clean pocket, surveying the field from sideline to sideline. The star quarterback had time and an open receiver in the end zone, giving the Carolina Panthers a chance to convert a go-ahead, 2-point conversion against the Detroit Lions.

Newton, though, wasted the opportunity by sliding to his left and sailing an off-balance throw behind and over Jarius Wright.

Instead of earning a comeback win to bolster playoff hopes, Newton's errant pass with 1:07 left allowed Detroit to hold on for a 20-19 win over Carolina on Sunday.

''I let this team down and I've just got to be better,'' Newton said.

Carolina coach Ron Rivera went for the win after Newton threw his third touchdown pass to rookie receiver DJ Moore , who leaped in the corner of the end zone to make the catch.

''I think you go for 2 on the road,'' Rivera said.

Rivera would not budge on the reasoning behind the aggressive call when pressed whether he made it because usually reliable kicker Graham Gano missed an extra point and a field goal earlier.

''I was going for the win,'' he said. ''That's the bottom line.''

Newton's line looked good, going 25 of 37 for 357 yards with three touchdowns and an interception. But with a chance to help the Panthers (6-4) avoid losing two straight for the first time this season and at least improve their wild-card positioning, Newton failed to deliver a relatively simple pass in a pressure-packed situation.

''This game is such a humbling game at times,'' he said. ''Today, I was humbled.''

Detroit coach Matt Patricia insisted he wasn't surprised by Rivera's decision.

''They had good momentum going into that situation,'' Patricia said.

The Lions (4-6) recovered an onside kick to seal the victory and end a season-high three-game losing streak. They were in a position to win after Matthew Stafford threw a go-ahead, 19-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Golladay with 5:19 left. Stafford rolled to his right and threw toward the end zone, connecting with Golladay, who leaped just inside the 5 and landed in the end zone with a score that stood after review.

''He just gave me a nice, pretty, high ball,'' Golladay said. ''I like balls like that for me to just use my size, hands, athletic ability to go up there and make the catch.''

Stafford was 23 of 37 for 220 yards with a touchdown. Golladay had eight catches for 113 yards and his go-ahead touchdown help keep Detroit's fading hopes of saving its season alive.

''We're playing for everything,'' linebacker Jarrad Davis said. ''We went down so many games, we know we can't lose another one, so it's do or die at this point.''

PIVOTAL PLAY

Moore turned a short pass into an 82-yard gain in the third quarter and would have scored if Darius Slay didn't tackle him at the 12. Slay was on the opposite side of the field when Moore made his catch, and the cornerback chased down the speedy receiver from behind.

''That's a huge play,'' Patricia said. ''Great hustle.''

Four plays later, Gano hit the left upright on a 34-yard field goal after making 28 straight for the longest active streak in the NFL. Gano also missed an extra point in the fourth period, leaving Carolina in a 13-13 tie and leading to its decision to go for the 2-point conversion.

''This is a really tough game to swallow because I could have helped us get a win,'' Gano said. ''But I can't try to tear my technique down and start over.''

SILVER LINING

Moore, a first-round pick, made the most of his opportunities to play more without injured receiver Torrey Smith in the lineup. Moore had seven receptions for 157 yards - both season highs - and the score that pulled the Panthers within a point late in the game.

INJURY REPORT

Panthers: Newton left the game briefly in the third quarter with an apparent ankle injury. CB Donte Jackson went out in the second quarter with what looked like an ankle injury, but returned.

Lions: Detroit rookie RB Kerryon Johnson left in the third with a left knee injury and didn't return after running for 87 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries. Patricia said he didn't have an update on Johnson's condition.

UP NEXT

Panthers: Host Seattle on Sunday.

Lions: Host Chicago on Thursday.

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Key Players
C. Newton 1 QB
357 PaYds, 3 PaTDs, INT, 2 RuYds
30
FPTS
K. Golladay 19 WR
113 ReYds, ReTD, 8 RECs
17
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Missed Two Point Conversion 1:07
(Pass formation) TWO-POINT CONVERSION ATTEMPT. C.Newton pass to J.Wright is incomplete. ATTEMPT FAILS.
plays
yds
pos
19
20
Touchdown 1:07
C.Newton pass short right to D.Moore for 8 yards TOUCHDOWN.
6
plays
75
yds
1:37
pos
19
20
Point After TD 5:13
M.Prater extra point is GOOD Center-D.Muhlbach Holder-S.Martin.
plays
yds
pos
13
20
Touchdown 5:13
M.Stafford pass deep right to K.Golladay for 19 yards TOUCHDOWN. The Replay Official reviewed the pass completion ruling and the play was Upheld. The ruling on the field was confirmed.
9
plays
75
yds
4:10
pos
13
19
Missed Point After Touchdown 9:23
G.Gano extra point is No Good Wide Left Center-J.Jansen Holder-M.Palardy.
plays
yds
pos
13
13
Touchdown 9:23
C.Newton pass short right to C.Samuel for 12 yards TOUCHDOWN.
10
plays
92
yds
4:33
pos
13
13
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 3:51
M.Prater 32 yard field goal is GOOD Center-D.Muhlbach Holder-S.Martin.
11
plays
62
yds
5:24
pos
7
13
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:42
M.Prater 54 yard field goal is GOOD Center-D.Muhlbach Holder-S.Martin.
10
plays
48
yds
3:36
pos
7
10
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:36
M.Prater extra point is GOOD Center-D.Muhlbach Holder-S.Martin.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 2:36
K.Johnson left end for 8 yards TOUCHDOWN.
12
plays
72
yds
6:51
pos
7
6
Point After TD 9:27
G.Gano extra point is GOOD Center-J.Jansen Holder-M.Palardy.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 9:27
M.Newhouse reported in as eligible. C.Newton pass short left to G.Olsen for 1 yard TOUCHDOWN.
10
plays
90
yds
5:33
pos
6
0
Team Stats
Time of Pos 28:20 31:40
1st Downs 20 20
Rushing 4 9
Passing 16 11
Penalty 0 0
3rd Down Conv 5-11 4-12
4th Down Conv 0-0 0-0
Total Net Yards 387 309
Total Plays 57 64
Avg Gain 6.8 4.8
Net Yards Rushing 56 94
Rush Attempts 16 26
Avg Rush Yards 3.5 3.6
Net Yards Passing 331 215
Comp. - Att. 25-38 23-37
Yards Per Pass 8.7 5.8
Sacked - Yards Lost 3-26 1-5
Penalties - Yards 2-15 1-5
Touchdowns 3 2
Rushing TDs 0 1
Passing TDs 3 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 0-0
Int. Thrown 1 0
Punts - Avg 5-42.4 6-43.7
Return Yards 33 30
Punts - Returns 1--1 1-10
Kickoffs - Returns 2-34 1-20
Int. - Returns 0-0 1-0
Kicking 1/3 4/4
Extra Points 1/2 2/2
Field Goals 0/1 2/2
Red Zone Eff. 3-4 -75% 2-3 -67%
Goal to Go Eff. 2-2 -100% 1-1 -100%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Panthers 6-4 7001219
Lions 4-6 733720
331 PASS YDS 215
56 RUSH YDS 94
387 TOTAL YDS 309
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
C. Newton 1 QB
30
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
67.6% 357 3 1 114.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
68.4% 2443 20 6 102.7
C. Newton 25/37 357 3 1 30
T. Heinicke 6 QB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 39.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 13 0 0 70.8
T. Heinicke 0/1 0 0 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
C. McCaffrey 22 RB
10
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 53 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
136 632 4
C. McCaffrey 13 53 0 10 10
C. Newton 1 QB
30
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
77 354 4
C. Newton 2 2 0 2 30
C. Artis-Payne 34 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
C. Artis-Payne 1 1 0 1 0
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
D. Moore 12 WR
21
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 7 157 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 30 474 2
D. Moore 8 7 157 1 82 21
C. McCaffrey 22 RB
10
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 6 57 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 60 496 4
C. McCaffrey 8 6 57 0 34 10
C. Samuel 10 WR
11
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 5 55 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 17 179 3
C. Samuel 7 5 55 1 17 11
J. Wright 13 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 3 40 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 24 232 1
J. Wright 3 3 40 0 21 4
D. Funchess 17 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 2 39 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 41 516 3
D. Funchess 8 2 39 0 23 3
G. Olsen 88 TE
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 9 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 24 267 4
G. Olsen 3 2 9 1 8 6
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
L. Kuechly 59 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
64-19 1 2.0
L. Kuechly 7-4 0.0 0 0
M. Adams 29 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
39-17 3 0.0
M. Adams 6-3 0.0 0 0
E. Reid 25 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
31-10 1 1.0
E. Reid 5-0 0.0 0 0
T. Davis 58 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-18 0 0.0
T. Davis 5-1 0.0 0 0
J. Bradberry 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
41-8 0 0.0
J. Bradberry 4-0 0.0 0 0
S. Green-Thompson 54 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
39-21 0 2.0
S. Green-Thompson 3-2 0.0 0 0
K. Short 99 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
21-7 0 2.0
K. Short 2-0 0.0 0 0
J. Peppers 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-6 0 4.0
J. Peppers 2-0 1.0 0 0
M. Addison 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-8 0 7.0
M. Addison 2-1 0.0 0 0
C. Munnerlyn 41 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-8 1 0.0
C. Munnerlyn 1-0 0.0 0 0
B. Cox 91 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
B. Cox 1-2 0.0 0 0
C. Samuel 10 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
C. Samuel 1-0 0.0 0 0
M. Haynes 98 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
M. Haynes 1-0 0.0 0 0
R. Gaulden 28 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-3 0 0.0
R. Gaulden 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Jackson 26 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
39-3 4 1.0
D. Jackson 1-0 0.0 0 0
C. Jones 42 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-8 0 0.0
C. Jones 0-1 0.0 0 0
B. Jacobs 53 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
B. Jacobs 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
G. Gano 9 K
1
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
0/1 1/2
SEASON FG XP
11/12 25/28
G. Gano 0/1 0 1/2 1
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. Palardy 5 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 44.4 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
42 45.3 19
M. Palardy 5 44.4 1 52
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Byrd 18 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 17.0 22 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 17.0 22 0
D. Byrd 2 17.0 22 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Byrd 18 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 -1.0 -1 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
9 9.4 30 0
D. Byrd 1 -1.0 -1 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
M. Stafford 9 QB
14
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
62.2% 220 1 0 87.7
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.3% 2605 17 8 93.2
M. Stafford 23/37 220 1 0 14
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
K. Johnson 33 RB
15
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
15 87 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
118 641 3
K. Johnson 15 87 1 24 15
M. Stafford 9 QB
14
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
21 64 0
M. Stafford 3 6 0 9 14
L. Blount 29 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
78 183 3
L. Blount 7 1 0 4 0
T. Riddick 25 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 0 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
9 30 0
T. Riddick 1 0 0 0 3
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
K. Golladay 19 WR
17
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
14 8 113 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 47 714 5
K. Golladay 14 8 113 1 36 17
B. Ellington 12 WR
5
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
9 6 52 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 14 144 1
B. Ellington 9 6 52 0 21 5
T. Riddick 25 RB
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 5 30 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 41 264 0
T. Riddick 7 5 30 0 18 3
L. Toilolo 87 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 13 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 60 0
L. Toilolo 1 1 13 0 13 1
K. Johnson 33 RB
15
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 10 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 32 213 1
K. Johnson 2 2 10 0 7 15
T. Jones 13 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 2 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 7 63 0
T. Jones 1 1 2 0 2 0
L. Willson 82 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 11 75 0
L. Willson 1 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
J. Davis 40 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
49-14 0 4.0
J. Davis 6-0 1.0 0 0
N. Lawson 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
28-3 0 0.0
N. Lawson 5-0 0.0 0 0
T. Wilson 32 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
22-5 0 0.0
T. Wilson 4-0 0.0 0 0
C. Jones 52 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
28-10 0 1.0
C. Jones 4-0 0.0 0 0
D. Slay 23 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
25-1 2 0.0
D. Slay 3-1 0.0 0 0
D. Kennard 42 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
26-9 0 6.0
D. Kennard 3-1 1.0 0 0
M. Ford 38 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
M. Ford 2-0 0.0 0 0
Q. Diggs 28 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
38-9 1 0.0
Q. Diggs 2-0 0.0 0 0
R. Jean Francois 97 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-5 0 2.0
R. Jean Francois 2-0 0.0 0 0
D. Harrison 98 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
35-19 0 1.0
D. Harrison 2-1 0.0 0 0
R. Okwara 95 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-7 0 5.0
R. Okwara 1-0 0.0 0 0
E. Ansah 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 3.0
E. Ansah 1-1 1.0 0 0
T. Walker 47 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 1 0.0
T. Walker 1-0 0.0 1 0
T. Tabor 31 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-4 0 0.0
T. Tabor 1-0 0.0 0 0
G. Quin 27 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
39-11 0 0.0
G. Quin 1-0 0.0 0 0
N. Bellore 43 FB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
N. Bellore 1-0 0.0 0 0
T. Bates 53 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
T. Bates 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Hand 93 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
20-5 0 3.0
D. Hand 1-0 0.0 0 0
C. Washington 45 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 0.0
C. Washington 1-0 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Prater 5 K
8
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 2/2
SEASON FG XP
19/22 21/21
M. Prater 2/2 54 2/2 8
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
S. Martin 6 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 46.8 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
39 44.9 16
S. Martin 6 46.8 3 55
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
L. Willson 82 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 20.0 20 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 17.5 20 0
L. Willson 1 20.0 20 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Jones 13 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 10.0 10 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 10.5 11 0
T. Jones 1 10.0 10 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 CAR 10 5:33 10 90 TD
2:36 CAR 25 2:11 3 0 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:46 CAR 2 3:02 5 20 Punt
7:45 CAR 25 3:32 7 17 Punt
0:37 CAR 25 0:08 1 -5 INT
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:55 CAR 6 3:44 7 78 FG Miss
3:47 CAR 13 3:15 6 13 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:56 CAR 8 4:33 10 92 TD
5:13 CAR 25 0:45 3 2 Punt
2:44 CAR 25 1:37 6 75 TD
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:27 DET 28 6:51 12 72 TD
0:25 DET 30 2:39 5 13 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:44 DET 31 1:59 3 -4 Punt
4:13 DET 16 3:36 10 48 FG
0:29 DET 47 0:29 3 0 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 DET 25 2:05 4 32 Punt
9:11 DET 24 5:24 11 62 FG
0:32 DET 48 1:36 4 7 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:23 DET 25 4:10 9 75 TD
4:28 DET 21 1:44 3 2 Punt
1:07 CAR 44 1:07 2 -3 Game