Carolina Panthers start the season on the right foot

Zane Gonzalez became a game-winner by defeating the Washington Commanders 23-21

Carolina led for the majority of the competition, but nearly blew it in the end

Which gave 15 unanswered points in the fourth quarter.

However, rookie quarterback Matt Coral led the offense down the field to set up the winning kick.

Gonzalez, who was acquired by the Panthers in September of last season,

Was already in midseason form, making all five attempts, including two field goals from 40-plus yards.

The Panthers also looked at former team kicker Joy Sly, who missed his first extra point attempt.

Baker Mayfield made his much-anticipated debut at quarterback before Sam Darnold took over for the next two drives.

The Panthers seated a total of 12 players, six of whom were starters, indicating that

Carolina is coming off her fourth season in a row and is already in the hot seat.