Brady can't shake memory of Pats' tough '13 loss to Panthers

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski runs with the ball during NFL football practice, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) To say that Tom Brady was unhappy about what transpired at the end of New England’s 2013 loss at Carolina would be an huge understatement.

Cam Newton had just led the Panthers on an 83-yard touchdown drive to put his team in front 24-20 with 59 seconds to play. But Brady came right back, and marched the Patriots to the Carolina 18 with 3 seconds left.

Brady dropped back on the game’s final play and lofted a pass into the end zone in the direction of Rob Gronkowski as time expired. Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly was covering the tight end, and never turned toward the ball. But he reached out and bear-hugged Gronkowski – taking him out of the play.