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October 02, 2011

Panthers trail 24-23 early in 4th quarter

 

Despite a handful of special teams mistakes, the Panthers were in position to pick up their first road victory of the season today, trailing the Chicago Bears 24-23 early in the fourth quarter.

The Panthers pulled within a point on a 38-yard Olindo Mare field goal on the first play of the fourth quarter.

Trailing 24-20, the Panthers mounted an impressive drive, doing the bulk of their work on the ground, and moved deep into Chicago territory only to come away without a score.

The Panthers appeared to score on a 22-yard pass from Cam Newton to tight end Jeremy Shockey but the touchdown was nullified when Shockey was flagged for offensive pass interference.

Carolina moved back to the Chicago 16 but Olindo Mare's 34-yard field goal attempt was blocked by former Panther Julius Peppers, who creased the middle of the Panthers' line and got a hand up to deflect the kick.

The Panthers were more effective defensively in the third quarter, containing Bears' running back Matt Forte and getting pressure on quarterback Jay Cutler. But the Panthers were saddled with poor field position, starting two possessions from inside their own 10-yard line.

-- Ron Green Jr

Posted by Observer Sports on October 2, 2011 at 03:14 PM | Permalink

Comments

Special teams is the weak link for the Carolina Panthers. Brian Murphy you have your work out for the rest of the season. Those 2 screw ups put the Panthers in a tight spot.

Posted by: Mr CatWalker | Oct 2, 2011 3:30:49 PM

I've seen better tackleing from a group of neighborhood kids. This defense needs to grow a pair and start tackleing like a man.

Posted by: Dave | Oct 2, 2011 3:33:43 PM

That, and we settle for far too many FG's once we're in the red zone, abandoning the nickel-and-dime plays that get us there.

Posted by: J Howard | Oct 2, 2011 3:34:08 PM

This is very disappointing. This was a winnable game. Due to the inability of the defense to tackle and the ineptness of special teams to do anything at all, is why we're going to lose this game.

Posted by: Barry | Oct 2, 2011 3:46:21 PM

What is it with Cam Newton throwing the ball to Naane Nane Shanaenae, whatever his name is on a crucial play we need? He did the same thing in Arizona. Just can't believe that. Give it to Steve Smith, Shockey or Olsen. I'll take that over the person. We move the ball up and down the field and can't punch it in. Very disappointing.

Posted by: Paul | Oct 2, 2011 3:57:33 PM

panthers had a chance, terrible play calling, get rid of NeNe the wide out, he is scared to get hit.. come on Chud, get you play calling on.

Posted by: mountain Jack | Oct 2, 2011 3:59:07 PM

Too many things for the Panthers to have to play against. We are just not good enough to beat the Bears and the NFL officals, and our special teams errors. This should have been a win especially if the officials had properly called holding on the Bears like they should have.

Posted by: Rick | Oct 2, 2011 4:00:24 PM

Legeduu Nanee is awful...

4 drops, poor blocking, bad route running, why is he starting

Posted by: Bunker | Oct 2, 2011 4:07:15 PM

Legeduu Nanee is awful...

4 drops, poor blocking, bad route running, why is he starting

Posted by: Bunker | Oct 2, 2011 4:07:15 PM

Terrible loss for a very winnable game. Nanee is terrible and unreliable. Special teams picked a bad day to have a bad day. We are better than product on field. Disappointed that Peppers gets the 'w' and we go 1-3.

Posted by: CarolinaGurl | Oct 2, 2011 4:08:42 PM

Stop Throwing to Naanee as he can NOT catch.

Take him out and your win/loss record will improve!

Posted by: Pete | Oct 2, 2011 4:09:45 PM

Special teams killed this win today. But Forte's 205 yds showed up how bad our defense is. Still don't know why JR and Hurney didnt save enough cap space to sign a good CB and DT. Regardless, let's be there next Sunday and we can beat the Saints!!!

Posted by: Julius Peppers | Oct 2, 2011 4:10:18 PM

Defense really let us down....Nanee is horrible...

Posted by: Chauncy Pierre | Oct 2, 2011 4:11:14 PM

miss ya beason and davis, coulda used ya out there today.... and where are our special teams? i looked everywhere and couldnt find them

Posted by: Joshua | Oct 2, 2011 4:11:23 PM

Defense has got to step up. Legeduu Nanee how in the hell is he starting?!!! I just don't understand this guy.

Posted by: Ryan | Oct 2, 2011 4:51:00 PM

Legeduu Nanee do us a favor and ask for a trade or release please sir. Why you play so lazy dude?

Posted by: Ryan | Oct 2, 2011 4:52:58 PM

Legeduu Nanee do us a favor and ask for a trade or release please sir. Why you play so lazy dude?

Posted by: Ryan | Oct 2, 2011 4:52:58 PM

Legeduu Nanee do us a favor and ask for a trade or release please sir. Why you play so lazy dude?

Posted by: Ryan | Oct 2, 2011 4:52:58 PM

I blame the officiating for this lost also. Terrible job.

Posted by: David | Oct 2, 2011 5:01:34 PM

I blame the officiating for this lost also. Terrible job.

Posted by: David | Oct 2, 2011 5:01:34 PM

I blame the officiating for this lost also. Terrible job.

Posted by: David | Oct 2, 2011 5:01:35 PM

I blame the officiating for this lost also. Terrible job.

Posted by: David | Oct 2, 2011 5:01:35 PM

The pass interference on Shockey was BS.

Posted by: Chris | Oct 2, 2011 5:21:30 PM

Cheer up losers. Whats that? 1-3? As long as we allow Newton a big day passing we are assured of an easy win. Hope they dosent catch on. They are pretty dumb for sure. Poor Ron. He always was a loser.

We gave you that last TD so you wouldnt look so bad. Free gift. Xmas is only a few months away. You dont have to thank us.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA ....


Posted by: Big Papa Bear | Oct 2, 2011 5:21:30 PM

Yeah I wouldn't feel good about that win idiot...
We smoked your @ss all game. Without the Refs. help and Hester, the only thing the bears did was break off a few runs.

Posted by: 10-4!! | Oct 2, 2011 5:31:00 PM

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