Field goal on last play sends Panthers to win over Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Cam Newton called it a “breakthrough game,” and it would be hard to argue against him.

Newton threw for three touchdowns and ran for another, Graham Gano kicked a 48-yard field goal as time expired and the Carolina Panthers beat the New England Patriots 33-30 on Sunday.

Newton finished 22-of-29 for 316 yards and an interception as Carolina improved to 3-1.

“I felt this was a breakthrough game for us, a statement game,” Newton said. “We had some careless turnovers, including (my) interception. But for us to come into a hostile environment, to battle, face some adversity early on, and still hold on at the end — it was a great team win for us.”

Carolina (3-1) finished with 444 yards of offense.

New England (2-2) fell to 1-2 at home this season.

“So much stuff went wrong today,” Patriots safety Devin McCourty said. “Giving up 30 points a game, 400-something yards. If it was one thing, we’d be better one of these weeks. It’s just all of us. It’s all 11 guys who are out there not playing good football.”

New England’s Tom Brady finished 32-of-45 for 307 yards and two scores.

Two penalties on the Patriots helped the Panthers’ final drive.

“This game meant a lot to us,” Gano said. “We had a lot of doubters out there. We have a great football team and I feel like we proved it today.”