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Side judge Greg Meyer, right, separates Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith, center, and New England Patriots defensive back Aqib Talib, left, during the first half of a game in Charlotte, N.C. (Nov. 18, 2013)

Patriots vs. Panthers on Monday Night Football

The Carolina Panthers defeated the New England Patriots, 24-20, in a thriller on Monday Night Football at Bank of America Stadium.

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Quarterback Cam Newton
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CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Quarterback Cam Newton #1 and wide receiver Brandon LaFell #11 of the Carolina Panthers celebrate after LaFell scores an 11-yard touchdown in the first quarter against the New England Patriots at Bank of America Stadium on November 18, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Quarterback Tom Brady
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CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots calls out from under center in the first quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on November 18, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Cornerback Captain Munnerlyn
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CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Cornerback Captain Munnerlyn #41 of the Carolina Panthers is introduced before taking on the New England Patriots at Bank of America Stadium on November 18, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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New England Patriots' Stevan Ridley (22) runs as
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New England Patriots' Stevan Ridley (22) runs as Carolina Panthers' Luke Kuechly (59) pursues during the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

Linebacker Luke Kuechly of the Carolina Panthers reacts
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Linebacker Luke Kuechly of the Carolina Panthers reacts in the first half while taking on the New England Patriots at Bank of America Stadium. (Nov. 18, 2013)

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Quarterback Cam Newton
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CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Quarterback Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers looks to throw the ball in the first quarter against the New England Patriots at Bank of America Stadium on November 18, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Quarterback Tom Brady
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CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots calls out from under center in the first quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on November 18, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Quarterback Tom Brady
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CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots reacts after he was sacked in the first half against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on November 18, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Quarterback Tom Brady
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CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots reacts as he walks back to the sideline in the first half against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on November 18, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Carolina Panthers' Mario Addison (97) celebrates his fumble
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Carolina Panthers' Mario Addison (97) celebrates his fumble recovery with teammates during the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton (1) reacts after making
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Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton (1) reacts after making a first down against the New England Patriots during the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Cornerback Drayton Florence
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CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Cornerback Drayton Florence #29 of the Carolina Panthers reacts in the second quarter while taking on the New England Patriots at Bank of America Stadium on November 18, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Head coach Ron
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CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Head coach Ron Rivera of the Carolina Panthers on the sideline in the first half while taking on the New England Patriots at Bank of America Stadium on November 18, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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New England Patriots' Kyle Arrington, top, knocks the
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New England Patriots' Kyle Arrington, top, knocks the ball from Carolina Panthers' Ted Ginn, bottom, during the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Middle linebacker Luke
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CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Middle linebacker Luke Kuechly #59 of the Carolina Panthers looks on in the first half while taking on the New England Patriots at Bank of America Stadium on November 18, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Tight end Greg
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CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Tight end Greg Olsen #88 of the Carolina Panthers goes up for a catch against defensive back Duron Harmon #30 of the New England Patriots in the first half at Bank of America Stadium on November 18, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Danny Amendola #80
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CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Danny Amendola #80 of the New England Patriots is tackled by Thomas Davis #58 of the Carolina Panthers during play at Bank of America Stadium on November 18, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Kyle Arrington #25
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CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Kyle Arrington #25 and Duron Harmon #30 of the New England Patriots tackle Jonathan Stewart #28 of the Carolina Panthers during play at Bank of America Stadium on November 18, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

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CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Strong safety Quintin
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CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Strong safety Quintin Mikell #27 of the Carolina Panthers argues with tight end Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots in the first half at Bank of America Stadium on November 18, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Officials separate Aqib
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CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Officials separate Aqib Talib #31 of the New England Patriots and Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers as the scuffle after a play at Bank of America Stadium on November 18, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Carolina Panthers' Steve Smith (89) catches a pass
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Carolina Panthers' Steve Smith (89) catches a pass as New England Patriots' Aqib Talib (31) defends during the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Quarterback Cam Newton
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CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Quarterback Cam Newton #1 and wide receiver Brandon LaFell #11 of the Carolina Panthers celebrate after LaFell scores an 11-yard touchdown in the first quarter against the New England Patriots at Bank of America Stadium on November 18, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Side judge Greg Meyer, right, separates Carolina Panthers
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Side judge Greg Meyer, right, separates Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith, center, and New England Patriots defensive back Aqib Talib, left, during the first half of a game in Charlotte, N.C. (Nov. 18, 2013)

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Carolina Panthers' Steve Smith, front, catches a pass
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Carolina Panthers' Steve Smith, front, catches a pass as New England Patriots' Aqib Talib, rear, defends during the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Carolina Panthers' Brandon LaFell (11) falls into the
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Carolina Panthers' Brandon LaFell (11) falls into the end zone for a touchdown as New England Patriots' Duron Harmon (30) defends during the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, left, greets
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Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, left, greets New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, right, before an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Carolina Panthers' Steve Smith (89) is pulled down
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Carolina Panthers' Steve Smith (89) is pulled down by New England Patriots' Aqib Talib (31) during the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Officials separate Carolina Panthers' Steve Smith (89) and
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Officials separate Carolina Panthers' Steve Smith (89) and New England Patriots' Aqib Talib (31) during the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)

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Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton (1) pauses by a
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Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton (1) pauses by a goal post covered with a Salute to Service padding before an NFL football game against the New England Patriots in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18: The sun sets
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CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18: The sun sets over Bank of America Stadium before a game between the New England Patriots and the Carolina Panthers on November 18, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Fans line up
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CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Fans line up outside of Bank of America Stadium ahead of the Monday Night Football game between the New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers on November 18, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Gunnery Sgt. Mario Locklear, left, and his son
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Gunnery Sgt. Mario Locklear, left, and his son Jacob, second from left, of New River, N.C., talk with New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, second from right, and Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson before an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

JERRY RICHARDSON, Wofford Jerry Richardson was a former
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JERRY RICHARDSON, Wofford
Jerry Richardson was a former NFL player who later became the owner of the Carolina Panthers.

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CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Quarterback Cam Newton
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CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Quarterback Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers blows into his hands before taking on the New England Patriots at Bank of America Stadium on November 18, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Quarterback Cam Newton
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CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Quarterback Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers warms up before taking on the New England Patriots at Bank of America Stadium on November 18, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Quarterback Tom Brady
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CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots throws a pass during warm ups before taking on the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on November 18, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Tight end Rob
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CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Tight end Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots makes a catch during pregame warm-ups before taking on the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on November 18, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Tight end Rob
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CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Tight end Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots with the ball before taking on the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on November 18, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Fullback Mike Tolbert
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CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Fullback Mike Tolbert #35 of the Carolina Panthers on the field before taking on the New England Patriots at Bank of America Stadium on November 18, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Carolina Panthers' Steve Smith (89) is tackled by
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Carolina Panthers' Steve Smith (89) is tackled by New England Patriots' Aqib Talib (31) during the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18: A Carolina Panthers
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CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18: A Carolina Panthers fan is seen before the Panthers take on the New England Patriots at Bank of America Stadium on November 18, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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