70 degrees; sunny
- This was a game where neither defense had any answer for the opposing offense, but the Patriots defense managed to be a bit worse.
- The Patriots tied the score 30-30 with 3:14 left in the 4th quarter, and on the ensuing drive, the Patriots still had all 3 of their timeouts left. On the Panthers game-winning FG drive, there appeared at least a couple of occasions where Patriots might have considered calling timeout in order to possibly preserve some clock for a comeback attempt. However, Pats Head Coach Belichick chose not to, and the Panthers successfully converted a game-ending drive – a good example of a “4 minute offense.”