Nov 18, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) passes the ball as Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Daniel Te

Panthers' Woes Continue in Overtime vs Buccaneers

In what was probably in the end a just outcome, the Panthers held an 11-point lead with 4:34 to play. With the improved look of their defense, things seemed to be in hand.

Or not.

Nope. The defense was tired in the late goings-on and just couldn’t get the Bucs off the field. Doug Martin continued to chew up yardage and had 136 rushing yards to a fairly stingy Panthers run defense of late.

The Panthers simply were unable to sustain a running game the whole day, finishing with under 100 yards and a 2.6 yards per carry average. The Bucs had over 150 yards and a 5.6 average.

Yet, the Panthers were up by 11 that late, it’s true. However, the offense just never had it together – again. 6 of those were scored on a 74-yard INT return. The defense pressured Josh Freeman – for 3 and a half quarters. It just wasn’t meant to be – again.

This team is getting to look very “Bad News Bearish” – and for you stock market aficionados, I feel very bearish on the Panthers’ chances the rest of the year. They truly find ways to lose rather than seizing the moment and capturing a win.

Even a generous goal-line fumble call against Doug Martin couldn’t help them.

The Panthers cannot put a game away. They don’t look like they have the first clue; they couldn’t line up and run anything the last 2 times they had the ball. 4 carries for -3 yards until the defense gave Newton a 10-yard scramble on a 3rd and 11.

Steve Smith even dislocated a finger shoving Eric Wright to the turf for a called-back-for-interference “TD.”

The saddest part of it was when I started to “feel good about the chances” with 4:34 left, I still had a nagging feeling.

Atlanta.

Chicago.

Now Tampa Bay.

Yes…they couldn’t hold an 11-point lead. It’s like rolling an 8 on a pair of dice the “hard way.”

But the Panthers managed to roll it.

Again.

*sigh*

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