CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - In the final seconds of the game and what seemed like a near impossible feat, Graham Gano completed a 63-yard field goal attempt, securing a 33-31 win for the Carolina Panthers over the New York Giants.
Gano's 63-yard field goal is a record for the Panthers and tied for the longest game-winning field goal in NFL history. In week 8, 1970, Tom Dempsey kicked a 63-yard field goal to give the Saints a 19-17 win over the Lions.
The Panthers started with a 20-13 lead over the Giants at the half, but would go on to trail by one point late in the 4th quarter.
It all came down to a 63-yard field goal attempt by Gano, which sealed the Panthers win.
Following the game, head coach Ron Rivera said "special teams was on display today, especially our kicker."
When asked if he was nervous about the field goal attempt, River responded with, "piece of cake."
"I'm happy we got a kicker like [Gano]," said Carolina QB Cam Newton. "A wiseman once told me a great quaterback is only as good as his kicker. Graham put the whole team on his back today, or should I say on his toe."
Sunday's game also marked the return of Eric Reid to the NFL, who took a knee seconds before the start of the national anthem. Reid, who knelt alongside Colin Kaepernick in San Francisco during the national anthem to bring attention to racial and social injustice, signed a one-year contract with the Panthers.
His appearance in the game was also the first since filing a collusion grievance against the NFL alleging that teams wouldn't sign him because of his protesting.
While Reid was happy to be back on the football field, he also expressed frustration over Kaepernick.
“Half of me is excited (to be back) half of me is pissed," Reid told reporters post game. "Kaepernick should be playing."
The Panthers, now 3-1, will take on the Redskins on October 14 in Washington.