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Top Play No. 5: Olsen Winner at Seahawks

Posted Feb 20, 2016

Tight end Greg Olsen hauled in game-winning 26-yard touchdown to complete dramatic comeback against Seattle.

Down 23-20 with 36 seconds left in the riveting Week 6 battle against Seattle, the Panthers produced the winning play that many consider the turning point of the 2015 season.


Quarterback Cam Newton dropped back and looked left to draw the defenders’ attention, but all along he was hoping to connect with tight end Greg Olsen down the right seam. When Newton turned right, he saw Olsen running wide open toward the end zone.

Newton calmly threw a 26-yard touchdown strike to Olsen, giving Carolina a 27-23 comeback victory to silence the crowd at CenturyLink Field.

The Panthers, who trailed 20-7 in the third quarter, fought back in what felt like a true heavyweight fight to finally knock off their nemesis, the two-time NFC champs. It was an early-season win that took Carolina’s confidence to an entirely new level.