4 big takeaways from the Panthers’ loss at the Chiefs in Week 9

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Some big takeaways from the Carolina Panthers’ loss at the Chiefs.

This was a game that once again came down to the final drive. The Carolina Panthers more than held their own at the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs before Joey Slye missed another long field goal on the last play to condemn them to a fourth-straight defeat by 33-31.

Fine margins, yet again.

It might be another heartbreaking loss for the Carolina Panthers, but they can take great heart from it. The NFL might be a results business at the end of the day but the fact this young roster is mixing with the league’s top teams during this stage of their rebuild is extremely encouraging.

Finding a way to come through and turn these losses into wins is going to be stage two. This will only come with more experience and fixing areas that are an obvious concern.

The Panthers now find themselves at 3-6 ahead of another tough game next weekend at home to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Things could be so much better had certain in-game scenarios been executed better. But it’s hard not to like the way this team has collectively come together to give Kansas City a real run for their money.

Here are four big takeaways from the Panthers’ perspective from their defeat at Arrowhead Stadium.