Panthers keep winning close games

Updated: November 19, 2003, 12:34 PM ET
ESPN.com

One trait the Panthers seem to have developed under John Fox is the ability to win close games. Of Carolina's eight wins this season, six have been won by three points or less with the winning points in all six coming either in the last two minutes or in overtime. The Panthers are 3-0 in overtime games and are the first team to win three overtime games on the road in a season since the NFL instituted overtime in 1974.

Here is a quick look at how Carolina won those six games:

Seth Marler
The Panthers blocked this 55-yard field goal to secure their Week 1 win.
  • Week 1: Jake Delhomme connected with Ricky Proehl for a 12-yard TD with 16 seconds left to give the Panthers a 24-23 lead over the Jaguars. Mike Minter then blocked a 55-yard goal attempt as time expired to secure the win. Delhomme had replaced an ineffective Rodney Peete in the second quarter with the Panthers trailing 14-0. Recap: Panthers 24, Jaguars 23

  • Week 2: Beat the Buccaneers 12-9 in overtime on a 47-yard field goal from John Kasay. Carolina barely escaped regulation play when Kris Jenkins blocked an extra point attempt from Martin Gramatica with no time left on the clock that would have won the game for Tampa Bay. Recap: Panthers 12, Bucs 9

  • Week 6: The Panthers won their second overtime game of the season, beating the Colts 23-20 on a 47-yard field goal by Kasay. Indianapolis had sent the game to overtime with a 25-yard touchdown pass from Peyton Manning to Reggie Wayne with under one minute left in the game. Recap: Panthers 23, Colts 20

  • Week 8: The Panthers go to overtime for the third time and win for the third time, beating the Saints 23-20 on a 31-yard field goal by Kasay. New Orleans had tied the game with under one minute left on a 42-yard field goal by John Carney. Recap: Panthers 23, Saints 20

  • Week 10: Beat the defending champion Bucs for the second time, again in dramatic fashion. After falling behind 24-20 with under three minutes left, Jake Delhomme marched the Panthers 78 yards in 1:35, connecting with Steve Smith on a five-yard touchdown pass with 1:06 left that turned out to be the game-winner. Recap: Panthers 27, Bucs 24

  • Week 11: Stephen Davis scored the game-winning touchdown on a three-yard run with just over one minute left as the Panthers beat the Redskins 20-17. The touchdown was controversial as it appeared Redskins safety Matt Bowen had knocked the ball out of Davis' hand before it had crossed the goal line. But after a review it was determined that there wasn't enough evidence to overturn the call on the field. Recap: Panthers 20, Redskins 17

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