Panthers win was also OC’s first time calling regular season NFL game

CHARLOTTE — The Carolina Panthers’ offensive coordinator Thomas Brown spoke to reporters Thursday just days after calling his first regular season NFL game.

On Sunday, the Panthers beat the Houston Texans 15-13, snapping their six-game losing streak and getting their first win of the season. Coach Frank Reich said Monday that he expressed hope the team can build momentum following the win.

It was the first NFL regular season game that Brown has called.

“The game goes by so much faster when you’re calling it,” he said Thursday.

Afterward, Reich gave Brown the game ball. Brown told reporters he froze in the moment.

“I had no idea he was talking about me,” Brown said.

Brown said Reich received a game ball, too, that was presented to him by team owner David Tepper.

After reviewing the film, Reich said Monday that the Panthers will look to cut down on mental errors, though he mentioned several examples of the team’s improvements. Among them, the Panthers committed fewer penalties, had no turnovers, and on defense, did a better job of limiting explosive plays.

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