Scoreless in the first and third quarters, the game was highlighted by a crazy fourth quarter when Carolina outscored New England, 19-18. Trailing by 11 in the final quarter, the Panthers scored consecutive touchdowns and, despite two failed two-point conversion attempts, led 22-21 with 6:53 remaining. The Patriots responded with a 68-yard touchdown drive and two-point conversion to take a seven-point lead with 2:51 to go, but the Panthers weren't finished. Jake Delhomme led another scoring drive, culminated by a 10-yard touchdown pass to Ricky Proehl with 1:08 remaining to tie the score, 29-29. The Patriots had one more chance and, facing a third-and-three from the Panthers' 40 with 14 seconds left, Tom Brady hit Deion Branch with a 17-yard pass to set up Adam Vinatieri's deciding 41-yard field goal with four seconds to go.
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