Bad teams find ways to lose in the most heartbreaking moments. Great teams find ways to win even if it’s not pretty, but the Carolina Panthers are no different and star middle linebacker Luke Kuechly agrees with that.
That’s not what we do,” Kuechly said after Carolina’s 29-26 overtime win Monday night over the Indianapolis Colts according to the Associated Press. ”We just find a way to win at the end of the game, and that’s what makes it fun here is we keep it exciting. You never know what to expect.’
Late in the fourth quarter, Kuechly had a chance to intercept Andrew Luck’s pass on 3rd and 2 to end the game. The Colts caught a break and kicked a field goal made by Adam Vinateri. In overtime both the Colts and Panthers scored on field goals for sudden death.
The next possession for the Colts, Luck throw an interception to Kuechly that was tipped by teammate Roman Harper. The interception set up the game winning field goal by Graham Gano putting the Carolina Panthers as the only undefeated team in the NFC.
Roman made a great play and it really just popped right to me and all I had to do was catch it, and that time I was like, ‘All right, just catch it this time,”’ Kuechly said according to the Associated Press. ”It was a great play by those guys up front; I was just in the right spot.
Panthers are heading into the right direction. No one expected them to be this good without their top wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin. Quarterback, Cam Newton may not have the stats to be MVP, but his solid play and command of the offense puts him second behind Tom Brady.
Colts on the other hand are in trouble for the season. They are coming up short with these comebacks and Luck is not the same quarterback, health wise. He forces the ball too much and the blame can’t just be on him. The management and coaching staff needs help with a good offensive line and an average defense at best.
This Sunday Luck hopes to rebound against a tough Denver defense at home. The Panthers look to stay undefeated at home against the Packers and take control of the NFC.