Panthers vs. Bears: Key Play Review From the Film Room

David Banks

This week's edition of From the Film Room features the good and bad plus overall enhancements to the GIFs in use.

First let me explain why this post is so late this week. The NFL has apparently gotten a little pissy with the amount of GIFs SBN has been using and saying we are not abiding 'Fair Use' rules. I'm no expert on this topic but believe it or not each of the these GIF's has now been through the SBN legal department for approval. Yes, I'm serious. Now I'm not blaming the total delay on them, I dropped the ball yesterday as well so I'm complicit in the delay. So though we have GIFs this week I can't promise you the 'From the Film Room' series might cease at any point...so enjoy while we can!

You'll note that this weeks GIFs include text lay overs that identify the point of the GIF so as it's not just a replay (NFL = bad!). I admit that I did not have a point in mind when I selected these three plays so we had to make one up on the fly. I'll put a little more thought into next week.

First up, I have to give some props to rookie CB Josh Norman and his first NFL interception Panthers19_medium

via assets.sbnation.com

Yes it's hard to not watch this play and while saying 'Great Play Josh' to also say 'WTF Haruki?' He was not only late but then just ran into Marshall. If not for Norman Nakamura might have gotten a PI call.

Though the Panthers overall did a nice job against the Bear's rushing attack (75 yds total) the had a major break down on Forte's TD run. Here's the breakdown:

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via assets.sbnation.com

The last one is from the final drive and simply shows the cushion the Panther CB's continued to plat even after giving up the same play twice before this one:

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via assets.sbnation.com

Now I realize the Panthers lost this game for a number of reasons as is should never come down to this. But if they prevent this one play then they would have forced a 3rd down throw with time running out.

While I agree in principle with DC Sean McDermott that when a defense only gives up 210 yards and 16 points it should be good enough for a win, it could have been enough if we can called a TO here and made some adjustments. As much as we point out Newton's lapses at key moments of the game the defense too has suffered the same fate at times. In fact, the offense and defense have been taking turns blowing it. I'm thinking it all changes this weekend!
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