This could be bad. This could be New England 2001 bad. The Panthers fumble on their first play from scrimmage and lose the ball, and the Falcons score three plays later. Panthers have run three times and thrown a tepid pass along the line of scrimmage before punting.
In 2001, in George Seifert's final season, the Panthers lost their final game to the Patriots, at home, 38-6. The game was not as close as the score.
The stadium is about a third full today. Never has driving to the stadium been easier. It was more like a Saturday than a Sunday. Few tailgaters. Lots of empty tents.
And, because Panther fans want the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, lots of support for the visitors.