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Panthers come back for 24-20 win over Patriots

New England Patriots v Carolina Panthers

during their game at Bank of America Stadium on November 18, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Streeter Lecka

It took them nearly 10 years, but the Panthers finally beat the Patriots in a Super Bowl.

The Panthers won their sixth straight with an impressive fourth-quarter comeback, beating a near-flawless Tom Brady and the Patriots 24-20.

It was a signature win, even for a team that beat San Francisco on the road last week, part of a remarkable turnaround from a 1-3 start.

And while they only have two players left from the team that lost Super Bowl XXXVIII (left tackle Jordan Gross and wide receiver Steve Smith), the Panthers might not have had a bigger game since then.

After the Patriots took the lead with a field goal, Cam Newton directed a 13-play, 83-yard touchdown drive, hitting Ted Ginn Jr. for the game-winning touchdown with 59 seconds left.

Then they had to withstand Brady with timeouts and the ball and the clock ticking. Their final play was not without controversy, as a flag was thrown on the final pass into the end zone, which rookie safety Robert Lester intercepted. Brady was screaming at officials on his way through the tunnel, upset that the flag was picked up despite the fact Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly was tackling Rob Gronkowski in the back of the end zone.

The win moves the Panthers to 7-3, and puts them in the thick of the division title race.