Panthers Blow Another One; Lose 23-22 to Bears

John Gress

The Panthers were unable to hold a 12 point lead going into the 4th quarter as the Bears capitalized on Panther miscues. Whether its the offense sputtering at the end of the game or the defense suddenly going soft this Panther team just can't make a play with the game on the line.

A shanked punt led to a Bears TD and then a Smitty slip led to a pick 6 and the lead was gone. Yet the offense rallied to get the lead back on Justin Medlock's fifth FG only to watch the Bears march down and kick the winner with 0:00 on the clock. This one would hurt if it hadn't happened multiple times already this season.

The Good

The defense was dominant early in this game getting 6 sacks and two turnovers. The first was a nice INT by rookie Josh Norman. It was the first of his career. Likewise DE Greg Hardy might have had the best half of his career, getting 3 sacks. DE Charles Johnson added 2 sacks and a forced fumble and recovery.

The Bad

The offense managed to move the chains against the Bears defense but too often settled for FGs instead of scoring touch downs. Though the Panthers were 10 for 19 on 3rd down (52%) they could only punch it into the end zone once and they almost blew that one too when Newton fumbled the ball just before crossing the goal line.

A runner up here has to be the prevent, soft coverage we played on defense on the last drive. How could we let them throw the same short left slant on 5 straight passes? It's totally maddening to watch.

The Ugly

I'm not sure which play was uglier the 6 yard punt by Nortman or the pick 6 by Newton. Probably the punt since the INT was more Smitty slipping than Newton's throw. The shank was the beginning of the end for the Panthers and given they way everyone is on a short leash in Carolina Nortman had better turn it around quickly.

We will look at individual performances later but for now...

This is Now a Post Game Open thread!

SB Nation Featured Video

In This Article

Teams
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Cat Scratch Reader

You must be a member of Cat Scratch Reader to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Cat Scratch Reader. You should read them.

Join Cat Scratch Reader

You must be a member of Cat Scratch Reader to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Cat Scratch Reader. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker