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Twitterverse takes a shot at nicknaming the big play

Scott Fowler is a national award-winning sports columnist for The Charlotte Observer.

I asked the Twitterverse on Tuesday to come up with a nickname for the last play of the Panthers-Patriots game Monday night, when Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly was first flagged for pass interference against New England tight end Rob Gronkowski in the Panthers’ end zone with 0:00 on the clock.

Then the flag was picked up after officials huddled and determined Gronkowski couldn’t have caught the ball anyway since it was underthrown by Tom Brady and intercepted. The Panthers won 24-20. Had the original call stood, the Patriots would have gotten one untimed play from the 1 to try and score a game-winning touchdown.

Here were some of the best entries, all submitted via Twitter to @Scott_Fowler. A three-person panel judged “Immaculate Perception,” written by David Wood, as the winner of the modest prize – a copy of my new book chronicling the Panthers’ history. Thanks to all who entered.

Man Hug

Sweet Hug Carolina

Cuddle-kowski

LUUUUUUU-cky

Karma

Gronkitis

You win some....

Need a Hug

Cool Hands Luke

Immaculate Perception

Immaculate Exception

The (Un)Catch(Able)

Hanky Panky

Robbed Gronkowski

Fowler: sfowler@charlotteobserver.com; Twitter: @scott_fowler
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