Fumble play sums up Teddy Bridgewater’s 2020 season

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Teddy Bridgewater’s 2020 season was summed up in one play.

Teddy Bridgewater‘s time to prove he is the man to lead the Carolina Panthers moving forward is running out. The quarterback turned in another sub-par performance in their narrow loss at the Green Bay Packers in Week 15, which saw them come within a final drive of tying things up before faltering when it mattered most.

This is something that has been seen prominently from Bridgewater and the Panthers this season. They have been highly competitive against some top teams throughout the campaign without quite doing enough down the stretch, which sees them with a 4-10 record and the No. 4 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft with two games remaining.

It could look so much better.

And one play, in particular, summed up Bridgewater’s 2020 season.

With the ball on the one-yard line, offensive coordinator Joe Brady called a play that saw Bridgewater go over the protection in pursuit of a touchdown that is utilized prominently by the New Orleans Saints, where he spent time as an assistant under Sean Payton.

It did not have the same impact.

Bridgewater ended up fumbling the ball and the Packers took it down the field into Carolina territory. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers made them pay with a touchdown – because that’s what he does – and it proved crucial in the overall outcome of the game.

A momentum-shifter in no uncertain terms.

And the ramifications could be significant for Bridgewater.