The first is the hardest to take. With 7:35 left in the 1st Qtr WR Steve Smith, yes Smitty!...dropped an easy TD catch:
The Panthers settle for a FG for a net loss of 4 points. Talk about a total buzz kill, it was a really nice drive down the field up to that point. It was nice (and expected) to see Smith take the blame and of course I'm going to give him a pass because I know he can make it up.
This next one isn't much better really. I have to start first by giving props to Rivera that with 2:18 left in the 2nd qtr he went for it on 4th down. Even though Brandon LaFell makes a rookie attempt to catch the ball, the Panthers still ended up getting the ball back and kicking a FG:
This next one at 5:33 in the 3rd qtr shines the light on the poor offensive line play, or at least that's what I thought at first. It sure looks like Travelle Wharton blew his block on Docket but Rivera said it wasn't his assignment. This GIF makes me wonder why Newton didn't keep rolling out to his right:
This last one was the proverbial 'last straw' as the Cardinals put the game away with a sack/fumble and return to the Cardinals red zone:
Come on Byron you got to step up and at least lean on him a little. Even so I have to wonder why Newton wasn't able to get that pass off. He could stepped left to create some room. Maybe I'm expecting too much but at this point in the game it was obvious the Cards were going to keep bringing heat. Why not adjust the play calling to take advantage of that rather than simply avoid it, meaning quick routes?
It should be noted that RG Chris Scott ended up blocking no one on that play as our offensive line was just schooled by the Cards D late in this game. We had no answer for LB Daryl Washington and it just seemed the Cards made all the right adjustments while we made very few.
So what do you think Panther fans?