On Thursday night, we got the new 2016 NFL season started with a big-hitting and dramatic affair. The Denver Broncos came from behind to beat Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers 21-20. Graham Gano missed a 50-yard field goal in the waning seconds of this game.
But, the missed field goal is only a footnote. The bigger stories exiting this game are Ron Rivera’s timeout management and the huge hits administered to Cam Newton. Here’s my breakdown of Thursday’s season opener.