For the second time in franchise history, the Carolina Panthers have scored 30-plus points in four consecutive games as Cam Newton led the team on an offensive explosion to dominate the Atlanta Falcons, 38-0, on Sunday. The Panthers are the last remaining unbeaten team at 13-0, and haven’t lost a regular season game in over a year.
Carolina put up a total of 424 yards of offense and scored 28 points in the first half alone against their NFC South rivals. Newton finished the game having completed 15 of 21 passes for 265 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Ted Ginn Jr. had two catches for 120 yards and Greg Olsen had 52 yards on three catches before he left the game with an injury.
The successful field goal was so unbelievable that even Chiefs players didn’t believe Santos made it.
If the Broncos had chosen to punt and play for the tie, instead of attempt the 62-yard field goal, they would have stayed level with the Chiefs at 7-3-1. It’s impossible to say how that might have altered the rest of the season for each team, but it would have put the Broncos in a more favorable position than the loss did. Denver was never able to recover.
For the Chiefs, the opposite happened. They’ve only lost one game since the doink-off win, and thumped the Broncos at home last week to completely dash any playoff hopes they had left.
The Chiefs also have more momentum than any other team in the division heading into the final week of the season. With a win over the Chargers, and if the Broncos can beat a Raiders team that is now without quarterback Derek Carr, Kansas City can take the AFC West crown.
And it all goes back to that doinked field goal.