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6-4, 2nd in NFC South
Newton and Rivera react to failed 2-point conversion (1:27)

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers kicker Graham Gano got no indication that his missed field goal and extra point played a role in Ron Rivera's decision to go for two at the end. ‘'I've been hitting the ball well,'' Gano said. ‘'Obviously it is a tough one to swallow.''

Newton's 3 TD passes not enough versus Lions (1:02)
Panthers lose on failed 2-point conversion (0:33)
Moore tightropes the sideline for 8-yard TD (0:22)

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera on decision to go for two instead of tie: ‘'To win the game.'' He added: ‘'I think you go for two on the road to win the game. And that's what I did, at the end of the day. Let's just say the coin toss is gonna go in our favor -- what's to tell you we're gonna step 'em? So, why not go for two.

Newton threads the needle to Samuel for 12-yard TD (0:25)

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Yes, Graham Gano missed a 30-yard field goal and an extra point. But Ron Rivera's decision to go for two and the win in the final two minutes seemed like a desperation move with the season on the line. Cam Newton missed an open Jarius Wright. The Lions won 20-19. Now the season feels as though it is on the line.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Cam Newton had a chance to be a hero. He missed Jarius Wright for the 2-point conversion that would have given the Panthers the lead.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Remember when Graham Gano was the NFC Special Teams Player of the Month for October? When he made a game-winning 63-yard field goal to beat the Giants? He's missed a 30-yard field goal and now an extra point, so with just under 10 minutes left the Panthers and Lions are tied at 13-13.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Cam Newton gets hit in his left knee and goes down. He stays down for a while but walks off. Taylor Heinicke is on the field. Doesn't look too serious on Newton. He returned for the next series, missing only one play.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Bad enough that Donte Jackson missed the tackle, but Luke Kuechly? Things not going well for the Panthers on either side of the ball.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

First, stunned Panthers' rookie wide receiver DJ Moore was run down on that 82-yard reception. Second, Cam Newton took a sack he shouldn't have on third down. Third, Graham Gano's short field goal hitting the upright and falling no good makes what should have been a positive possession for Carolina into a disaster.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions had been so bad at protecting Matthew Stafford the past two games -- giving up 16 sacks -- that the quarterback called into play the offensive system. The Panthers have been questioned for their lack of a pass rush the past two games, but figured to get healthy today. So far Stafford hasn't been touched and Carolina quarterback Cam Newton has been sacked twice. A lackadaisical first half for a Panthers team coming off an embarrassing loss at Pittsburgh.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers training staff appears to be looking at the right ankle of rookie cornerback Donte Jackson. His speed is one of his edges, so that would be a significant setback if he can't return or return at full speed. He has returned, though.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers wide receiver Devin Funchess has dropped two passes, including a touchdown. You could argue three although one was tight coverage. Not the homecoming for the Detroit native so far.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers have tightened up their defense since opening series. Lions have minus-3 yards rushing since having 45 on their opening drive. That's tightened up the rest of the defense. Spectacular play by end Mario Addison on short pass with blitz on to end last series. Good sign.

Newton finds wide-open Olsen for TD (0:15)

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Lions averaged 6.4 yards per rush on first drive, including 8-yard touchdown run by Kerryon Johnson around the left side. He was untouched. The Panthers' pass rush has been questioned recently, but it all starts with stopping the run. Not a good sign.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers made that look really easy for a quick 7-0 lead. Cam Newton goes 5-for-6 for 80 yards, including the 1-yard touchdown to Greg Olsen. Interesting on the TD pass. The ball was inside the 1, and in past years Newton might have taken it over himself. Perhaps protecting his shoulder. Regardless, Olsen was wide open.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Biggest takeaway from Panthers' inactives today is the decision to go with Marquis Haynes instead of Efe Obada as the backup DE. Obada had been active straight games, but he hadn't had a sack since his debut against Cincinnati. Haynes has been inactive all but one game, so he'll get his shot to impress.

Ben Fawkes ESPN Staff Writer 

The Carolina Panthers are 7-1 ATS in their past eight games following a loss. They are 4.5-point road favorites against Detroit today.

David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers inactives: WR Torrey Smith, OL Brendon Mahaon, RB Kenyon Barner, OL Amini Silatolu, DE Efe Obada, RB Travaris Cadet, LB Andre Smith.

Team Stats

Passing Yards230.0
Rushing Yards130.2
Points For26.0
Points Against25.2