The Panthers had an 11 point lead going into the fourth quarter and couldn’t hang on to it as they lost to the Vikings in a 28-27 game that got way more exciting than it should have in the game’s closing moments.
Vikings punt returner Chad Beebe gifted the Panthers possession late in the fourth quarter with a muffed punt inside the Vikings 20-yard line, but the Panthers couldn’t do one of the two things they needed to do in that situation: run out the clock or score a touchdown. They had to settle for a field goal after some questionable decision making and had a 27-21 lead with less than two minutes left in the game.
Predictably, the Vikings drove down the field and scored a go-ahead touchdown with 0:46 left in regulation. The Panthers made an attempt to win the game in the closing seconds thanks to a huge catch by Curtis Samuel to get them within striking distance, but Joey Slye shanked a 54-yard game-winning field goal attempt with 0:01 left on the clock and the Panthers fell to 4-8 on the season after a disappointing loss that easily could have been prevented.
Fortunately the Panthers have a bye this week as it looks like they have more injuries to deal with. DJ Moore left the game in the final drive after suffering a leg injury, and it appeared that Bridgewater left the field gingerly before Slye went out to attempt his kick. Hopefully the Panthers can take a few days off and get their mojo back after suffering such a disappointing loss today. At 4-8 it’s likely their playoff dreams are all but gone, but they could still play spoiler in the season’s final month if they can put this game behind them.
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Fourth quarter: Panthers 27 Vikings 28
The Panthers defense locked down and forced the Vikings to attempt a field goal to pull within eight points. The Panthers led 21-13 with 14:41 left in the game. The Panthers offense responded by driving down the field and kicking a 40-yard field goal to re-take an 11-point lead at 24-13 with 11:31 left in the game.
The Vikings drove down the field on their next drive and picked up a key first down on fourth-and-1 en route to a touchdown by Justin Jefferson to cut into the Panthers’ lead. The Vikings went for two and converted to make it a three point game at 24-21 with 5:31 left in the game.
The Panthers went into ‘use up the clock’ mode for their next drive as they tried to milk the remaining five-plus minutes off the game clock to seal a win. They were unable to take all the time away from the Vikings but did manage to bleed three minutes away before having to punt the ball to Minnesota with 2:18 left in the game. The Vikings muffed the punt and the Panthers recovered deep in Vikings territory to keep possession of the football.
The Panthers couldn’t punch the ball into the end zone or run out the remaining time on the game clock and had to settle for a field goal by Slye to extend their lead to six points at 27-21 with 1:51 left in the game.
The Panthers defense allowed the Vikings to drive all the way down the field in less than two minutes to take a 28-27 lead with 0:46 left in the game.
The Panthers had 46 seconds to try and get within field goal range to pull off a win, and Curtis Samuel made a huge grab at midfield to give the offense a chance. The Panthers gave Slye a chance at a 54-yard game-winning field goal, but he missed it wide left and the Panthers fell just short in a 28-27 loss.
Third quarter: Panthers 21 Vikings 10
The Panthers started the second half on defense after receiving the opening kickoff. The Panthers defense made a huge play when Zach Kerr had a strip sack and Jeremy Chinn scooped and scored to give the Panthers a 14-10 lead with 14:01 left in the quarter.
On the very next play, Chinn stripped Dalvin Cook and took it in for another touchdown to give the Panthers a 21-10 lead. Jeremy Chinn scored two touchdowns within ten seconds to turn this game completely around for the Panthers.
The defense did their job by shutting down the Vikings on offense and forcing them to punt the ball back to the Panthers offense. The offense didn’t do themselves any favors when John Miller committed a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty to put the Panthers back inside their own 10-yard line. The Panthers got some help by the Vikings on second-and-22 when they committed a face mask to give Carolina the 15 yards back and a first down. The Panthers managed to drive deep into Vikings territory but were unable to get into the end zone and had to settle for a 28-yard field goal attempt from Joey Slye. The kick was blocked by the Vikings and the score remained 21-10 in the Panthers’ favor with 5:21 left in the quarter.
The Vikings efficiently drove down the field and found themselves in a second-and goal situation, but were unable to score before the quarter ended with the Panthers up 21-10.
Second quarter: Panthers 7 Vikings 10
The Panthers continued their drive as the second quarter began and made it all the way down to a first-and-goal situation that turned into a Teddy Bridgewater interception on third-and-goal to give the ball back to the Vikings offense.
The defense did their job and forced the Vikings to punt to prevent any further damage. The Panthers offense drove down the field efficiently and picked up a key fourth down conversion to keep the drive alive near midfield and the decision to go for it paid off when the Panthers scored a touchdown a few plays later. Teddy Bridgewater found Robby Anderson wide open on third down for a 41-yard touchdown. Joey Slye’s extra point tied the game at 7-7 with 1:52 left in the half.
The Vikings took the ball back with all three of their timeouts and managed to get into field goal range with 0:16 left in the half, but then false start and delay of game penalties pushed them further back and forced them to attempt a 53-yard field goal. Dan Bailey’s kick was was good to give the Vikings a 10-7 lead at halftime.
First quarter: Panthers 0 Vikings 7
The Panthers started the game on offense, but they couldn’t get anything going after picking up a quick first down and they were forced to punt. Trenton Cannon made a good play to lay out the punt returner, but unfortunately went into him too early and was flagged for a 15-yard penalty to give the Vikings good field position on their first drive.
The Panthers defense got off to a rough start by refusing to get off the field on third down and letting the Vikings offense drive down the field and score the go-ahead touchdown to break the scoreless tie. A good extra point gave the Vikings a 7-0 lead with 5:34 left in the quarter.
The offense struggled again after picking up one first down and had to punt again, but the Panthers got a little bit of a break in the field position battle when the Vikings committed an illegal block in the back penalty to set them back deep in their own territory. The Panthers defense did their job and forced a three-and-out to get the ball back to their offense.
The Panthers did a good job moving the ball but were unable to score before time ran out on the first quarter with the Vikings leading 7-0.
Game day inactives
The Panthers and Vikings have released their inactives lists for today’s game. The Panthers will play without Christian McCaffrey and Donte Jackson today after both players were ruled out and didn’t travel with the team Minnesota. Left tackle Russell Okung is active and is expected to play.
Here are the full inactives lists for both teams:
Panthers inactives:— Jonathan M Alexander (@jonmalexander) November 29, 2020
QB Will Grier
RB Christian McCaffrey
CB Donte Jackson
S Sam Franklin
G Dennis Daley
T Greg Little
Game day information
What: Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings
When: Sunday, November 29 at 1 p.m. ET
Where: U.S. Bank Stadium (Minneapolis, Minn.)
TV: FOX; Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma (coverage map)
Streaming: FuboTV, FOX Sports Live, Yahoo! Sports, Panthers mobile app
Radio: Panthers radio (local); Mick Mixon
Spanish Radio: Panthers radio (local); Jaime Moreno, Antonio Ramos
Weather: N/A (indoor stadium)
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