Graham Gano

Panthers not downplaying significance of win over Patriots

Some NFL teams might underplay what a win in Week 4 of the regular season could mean for their overall prospects. Not the Carolina Panthers.

A week after being thumped in a 21-point loss to New Orleans, Cam Newton ignited what had been a mostly dormant offense over the first three weeks in a 33-30 win Sunday over the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots .

"You build off this kind of momentum. And you have to take it and use it now," Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. "You can't waste it."

The Panthers certainly didn't leave anything on the field Sunday.

Carolina finished with 444 total yards. It had entered the day ranked 28th...