4 biggest disappointments in Panthers’ collapse loss at Vikings

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What were the big disappointments from the Carolina Panthers’ loss at the Vikings?

The dust is now beginning to settle on a demoralizing loss for the Carolina Panthers, who snatched defeat from the jaws of victory once again in their heart-breaking 28-27 reverse at the Minnesota Vikings. This was a crushing result whichever way one looks at it and just what it is going to do for their aspirations down the stretch remains to be seen.

And yet, things could have been so different. A win for the Carolina Panthers would have reignited their slim playoff hopes after the Cardinals were beaten by Cam Newton and the Patriots. But now there is relatively little to play for over the next four games other than pride.

This is going to take a long time to get over. Fortunately, the Panthers are going into their well-deserved Week 13 bye after a grueling season where they’ve gone toe-to-toe with some top teams without getting over the line.

A period of rest and reflection might be the best thing for everyone involved at this juncture.

Let’s take a look at the four biggest disappointments from Carolina’s defeat at the Vikings, who are now right back in the thick of things regarding a postseason berth.

Disappointment No. 1

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Joey Slye – Carolina Panthers K

Yes, Joey Slye missed another game-winning field goal. But the fact of the matter is that the Panthers shouldn’t have even been in this sort of position in the first place.

That being said, this is becoming something of a trend for Slye. This one was much more makable and was missed by a mile.

The player stated after the game that his foot hit the turf just before he connected with the ball – which isn’t ideal – but his inability to come through in big moments once again doesn’t exactly help his case regarding a longer-term commitment from Carolina.