Patriots at Panthers Monday Night Football live updates

Zuri Berry provides updates as the Patriots face the Carolina Panthers on Monday Night Football.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Tom Brady was deadly efficient and the Patriots' defense made just enough plays down the stretch, overcoming a 10-0 deficit to take a 20-17 lead over the Carolina Panthers with more than six minutes remaining Monday night.

But they couldn't hold on in crunch time.

Cam Newton led the Panthers on a 13-play, 83-yard drive that spanned 5:33 in the fourth quarter, hitting Ted Ginn Jr. for a 25-yard touchdown, to put the Patriots away, 24-20.

The Patriots dropped to 7-3 on the season. 

Brady had an opportunity for another  fourth quarter comeback attempt, trying to bring his team back for the 39th time of his career. He drove the Patriots down to the Carolina 18-yard line with three seconds left on the clock. With one play left, he dropped back and eyed Rob Gronkowski for a touchdown, but under threw the pass, getting intercepted by  Robert Lester. 

Brady finished 29 of 40 passing for 296 yards, including a 9-yard touchdown throw to Gronkowski.

Newton threw for 209 yards and three touchdowns for the Panthers, adding 62 yards rushing to lead all runners in the game. 
  • Inactive for #Patriots
    Brandon Bolden
    Steve Beauharnais
    Alfonzo Dennard
    Steve Gregory
    Chris Barker
    Jake Bequette
    Leon Washington
  • Zuri Berry 11/19/2013 12:20:03 AM
    Hey everybody. We're here at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte for the Patriots-Panthers game.
  • Zuri Berry 11/19/2013 12:20:32 AM
    I'm about to drop some updates on you that have been flowing into the Extra Points blog already. After that, we'll get to some more newer stuff.
  • Zuri Berry 11/19/2013 12:21:15 AM
    Here are the details for the game:

    Kickoff: 8:40 p.m.

    Records: Patriots 7-2; Panthers 6-3.

    TV, radio: ESPN, Ch. 5 (Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters); 98.5 FM The Sports Hub (Bob Socci, Scott Zolak) and Westwood One Radio (Kevin Harlan, Boomer Esiason, Mark Malone).
  • Zuri Berry 11/19/2013 12:22:12 AM
    Projected starting lineups:
    Based on information distributed to the media, practice observations, and injury reports.

    Patriots offense: WR Danny Amendola, LT Nate Solder, LG Logan Mankins, C Ryan Wendell, RG Dan Connolly, RT Marcus Cannon, TE Rob Gronkowski, WR Aaron Dobson, QB Tom Brady, RB Stevan Ridley, TE Michael Hoomanawanui.

    Patriots defense: DT Joe Vellano, DT Chris Jones, DE Chandler Jones, DE Rob Ninkovich, LB Dont'a Hightower, LB Jamie Collins, LB Brandon Spikes, CB Aqib Talib, CB Kyle Arrington, S Devin McCourty, S Duron Harmon.

    Panthers offense: WR Steve Smith, LT Jordan Gross, LG Travelle Wharton, C Ryan Kalil, RG Geoff Hangartner, RT Bryon Bell, TE Greg Olsen, WR Brandon LaFell, QB Cam Newton, FB Mike Tolber, RB DeAngelo Williams.

    Panthers defense: LDE Charles Johnson, LDT Dwan Edwards, RDT Star Lotulelei, RDE Greg Hardy, SLB Thomas Davis, MLB Luke Kuechly, WLB Jordan Senn, LCB Captain Munnerlyn, RCB Melvin White, SS Quintin Mikell, FS Mike Mitchell.
  • Zuri Berry 11/19/2013 12:22:54 AM
    Here's what to watch for:

    1. Offensive substitutions -- So Vereen is now back in the mix. Last time we saw him, he put up 101 yards on 14 carries against the Buffalo Bills. That was 10 weeks ago. He has the ability to be a prolific third-down back, coming out of the backfield as a receiver or lining up in the slot. That's always been the vision for him with the Patriots. Let's see how he is integrated in his first game back and who loses snaps in his return.

    2. Defensive substitutions -- Dennard apparently tweaked his knee in practice, because he's been ruled out for tonight. It would seem like a simple swap with Dennard out and Talib in, but the Patriots' star corner still has a concerning hip problem that could limit his snaps. That means the Patriots will have to do some shuffling within the secondary. And they will likely not have Devin McCourty to rely on as a pinch cornerback with Gregory out. So the extra duties will fall on Kyle Arrington, Marquice Cole, and Logan Ryan. We'll be paying close attention to who is in which packages.

    3. How will the Patriots contain Cam Newton in the running game? -- Outside containment, both from the defensive ends and linebackers, will be critical for the Patriots when facing a quarterback like Newton who can split defenders with his speed. The best route, in my opinion, is to funnel him inside toward the tackles and inside linebackers who can bring him down. Those defensive players -- Brandon Spikes, Joe Vellano, Chris Jones, and Isaac Sopoaga -- will play a crucial role in stopping Newton and the Panthers' three-pronged running game. DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Steward, and Mike Tolbert are all exceptionally good running backs that can't be given space and, in the case of Tolbert, need extra tacklers. There will be a close eye on their performance tonight.
  • Inactive for the #Panthers :
    Tavarres King
    Marvin McNutt
    RB Kenjon Barner
    Chris Scott
    Ben Hartsock
    Frank Alexander
    Chase Blackburn
  • Zuri Berry 11/19/2013 12:35:23 AM
    Running back Shane Vereen and cornerback Aqib Talib are both active for the Patriots for tonight's game against the Carolina Panthers.

    Vereen (wrist) was activated Monday morning after spending nine weeks on injured reserve with a designation to return. Talib had missed the past three games with a hip injury.

    With the return of Vereen, the Patriots opted to make Brandon Bolden inactive for the game. Bolden was on the injury report with a knee injury before being taken off. He is officially a healthy scratch.

    Also inactive for the Patriots: LB Steve Beauharnais, CB Alfonzo Dennard (knee), S Steve Gregory (finger), OL Chris Barker, DL Jake Bequette, and RB Leon Washington (ankle).
  • Extra Points: Shane Vereen, Aqib Talib active for Patriots against Panthers #patriots
  • Zuri Berry 11/19/2013 12:47:21 AM
    Tom Brady hits the field to boos followed up by cheers. Good contingent of Patriots fans.
  • Zuri Berry 11/19/2013 12:51:38 AM
    It should be noted that Josh Boyce is also active for the Patriots. He has been a healthy scratch the team's last four games.
  • Zuri Berry 11/19/2013 12:52:31 AM
    Cam Newton has hit the field and he's got the Superman thing going. Feeling good apparently.
  • Zuri Berry 11/19/2013 12:55:47 AM

    58 degrees outside at Bank of America Stadium. A little less than an hour until kickoff.

  • Zuri Berry 11/19/2013 12:56:49 AM

    The panther statue outside of Bank of America stadium in Charlotte, N.C.

  • Zuri Berry 11/19/2013 1:03:04 AM
    Shane Vereen is wearing a black guard on his wrist.
  • Zuri Berry 11/19/2013 1:38:25 AM
    OK, here we go. Coin toss coming up.
  • Zuri Berry 11/19/2013 1:39:33 AM
    Pats win coin toss and defer. Panthers will receive.
  • Zuri Berry 11/19/2013 1:43:52 AM
    13:31 1st quarter: Patriots 0, Panthers 0 -- Aqib Talib breaks up a pass on third down as the Panthers go three and out. Brandon Spikes had a nice tackle on DeAngelo Williams after shooting the gap and Rob Ninkovich forced out Cam Newton on a scramble for no gain.
  • Zuri Berry 11/19/2013 1:46:03 AM
    Illegal block in the back on Dan Connolly. Takes back that screen pass to Vereen.
  • Zuri Berry 11/19/2013 1:46:12 AM
    Looks like they're integrating Vereen right away.
  • Zuri Berry 11/19/2013 1:46:37 AM
    Also got our first look at Nate Ebner on defense on that opening Panthers series.
  • Zuri Berry 11/19/2013 1:48:49 AM
    Patriots convert two first downs on this drive already.
  • Zuri Berry 11/19/2013 1:50:29 AM
    8:01 1st quarter: Patriots 0, Panthers 0 -- Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy beat Patriots left tackle Nate Solder to sack Tom Brady for a 4-yard loss on 3rd and 4, forcing a punt after a promising opening drive. The Patriots had converted two first downs and had Aaron Dobson in single coverage before Brady was sacked.
  • Zuri Berry 11/19/2013 1:53:24 AM
    Patriots are in a 3-4 defense with Ninkovich and Chandler Jones operating as the OLBs.
  • Zuri Berry 11/19/2013 1:54:43 AM
    Steve Smith got past Aqib Talib for a 42-yard reception.
  • Zuri Berry 11/19/2013 1:56:40 AM
    Steve Smith is all in Aqib Talib's head.
  • Zuri Berry 11/19/2013 1:57:24 AM
    Looks like Talib was upset that Steve Smith appeared to almost kick him. He holds onto the leg in frustration and then gets flagged for a 15-yard unnecessary roughness.
  • Zuri Berry 11/19/2013 1:58:11 AM
    Cam Newton immediately hits Greg Olsen for 11 yards. Momentum in Carolina's favor.
  • Zuri Berry 11/19/2013 1:59:45 AM
    The Patriots are definitely favoring a "big" look tonight on defense.
  • Zuri Berry 11/19/2013 2:01:01 AM
    Carolina takes a timeout. During the timeout, Steve Smith and Aqib Talib have to be separated again. Edge goes to Smith so far.
  • Carolina takes a timeout. During the timeout, Steve Smith and Aqib Talib have to be separated again. Edge goes to Smith so far.
  • Zuri Berry 11/19/2013 2:03:26 AM
    Again with Steve Smith and Aqib Talib. Two competitors there letting it become about them.
  • Zuri Berry 11/19/2013 2:04:10 AM
    2:44 1st quarter: Panthers 7, Patriots 0 -- Despite constant jawing between Patriots corner Aqib Talib and Panthers receiver Steve Smith, the Panthers were able to cover 90 yards of field, finishing their nine-play drive with a 9-yard Cam Newton touchdown pass to Brandon LaFell down the middle of the field. Talib was flagged for unnecessary roughness on the drive for not letting go of Smith's leg after a 5-yard reception. Smith had caught a 42-yard reception with Talib in coverage just three plays prior.
  • Zuri Berry 11/19/2013 2:08:20 AM
    So far, this one has been worth the price of admission. Let's see how the Patriots offense responds.
  • Zuri Berry 11/19/2013 2:09:30 AM
    Patriots bring in fullback James Develin. Might see the need for more blockers.
  • Zuri Berry 11/19/2013 2:11:12 AM
    Nice third down conversion to Danny Amendola.
  • Zuri Berry 11/19/2013 2:12:45 AM
    Danny Amendola perfectly finds the soft spot in the defense. Gets the first down again.
  • Zuri Berry 11/19/2013 2:13:43 AM
    END OF FIRST QUARTER: Panthers 7, Patriots 0
  • Zuri Berry 11/19/2013 2:14:48 AM
    Nice bounce outside run there by Stevan Ridley at the end of the quarter. He's running hard, fighting for every yard. I know it's an emphasis each week, but he's putting in some extra effort this week. A couple of these runs have been fantastic on his part, just because of pure effort.
  • Zuri Berry 11/19/2013 2:16:04 AM
    Brady SACKED by Star Lotulelei for -9 yards.
  • Zuri Berry 11/19/2013 2:17:16 AM
    The pass to Edelman is short of a first down but Patriots opt to go for it.
  • Zuri Berry 11/19/2013 2:18:37 AM
    Huge penalty on Panthers. Illegal hands to the face. Auto first down and five yards. Patriots have new life.
  • Zuri Berry 11/19/2013 2:20:38 AM
    Another huge penalty on the Panthers. A.J. Klein grabs Brady's face mask. 15 yards and another first down.
  • Zuri Berry 11/19/2013 2:21:43 AM
    Thomas Davis with the tackle for a loss. Panthers do good, then do bad.
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