GREEN BAY, Wisc. — The Carolina Panthers misplaced 24-16 to the Inexperienced Bay Packers on Sunday at Lambeau Discipline, however confirmed they may have what it takes to stay a contender within the NFC playoff hunt for the length.
And quarterback Kyle Allen, regardless of a expensive interception, might have earned a bit of extra respect by taking this one right down to the ultimate play contained in the Inexperienced Bay 1.
Enjoying in a hostile atmosphere in a gentle flurry of snow the Panthers (5-4) went toe-to-toe with among the finest groups within the NFC. They confirmed the 51-13 loss to undefeated San Francisco a couple of weeks in the past was maybe the exception fairly than the norm.
Allen, whose document because the starter fell to 5-2 this season since changing Cam Newton and 6-2 general, confirmed the poise he lacked in opposition to the 49ers, the poise it should take down the stretch to stay a contender.
The schedule units up properly. The Panthers host the Atlanta Falcons (2-7) subsequent week after which play the New Orleans Saints (7-2) earlier than dealing with the Washington Redskins and the Falcons once more — each at residence. Even when they lose at New Orleans, they need to be capable of win three of the following 4 video games to get to 8-5.
Then it is a matter of successful two of their ultimate three video games: residence in opposition to the Seattle Seahawks, on the Indianapolis Colts and residential in opposition to the Saints.
They’ve an opportunity to get to 10-6, they usually’ll possible have to as a way to attain the playoffs.
Name it the silver lining on this loss.
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Troubling pattern: Panthers coach Ron Rivera faked a punt on fourth-and-Four from his personal 36 final week in opposition to the Tennessee Titans when analytics mentioned it was uncommon to do this with a 10-point lead. With 11:58 within the fourth quarter in opposition to Inexperienced Bay and needing an additional level to chop the result in seven he went for 2. Rivera tends to go extra with really feel than what analytics say, however on this state of affairs the additional level appeared to take advantage of sense.
Largest gap within the sport plan: With beginning cornerback James Bradberry (groin) out, the Panthers had no one that might cowl Davante Adams. The Inexperienced Bay extensive receiver had seven catches for 118 yards. Donte Jackson tried to cowl Adams, and made an excellent play to interrupt up on a deep move within the third quarter after he appeared crushed, however Adams made too many chunk performs to place the Packers in scoring place.
QB breakdown: Allen was enjoying arguably his finest sport by way of two and a half quarters, making sound choices and displaying escape capability much like what Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers does regularly. He had accomplished 11 of 13 move makes an attempt at halftime for 107 yards and a landing. Then on second-and-10 from the Inexperienced Bay 11 and trailing 21-10 within the second half he made the choice that possible value Carolina a strong probability to win. He stepped as much as keep away from strain and certain may have run for a primary right down to make it first-and-goal. As an alternative, he threw a move that was tipped after which intercepted in the long run zone. Nonetheless, much more positives than negatives for Allen.
Pivotal play: A questionable roughing the passer penalty in the long run zone on Carolina defensive finish Gerald McCoy with 4:21 left within the first half. McCoy saved a landing with a tremendous sort out for a 3-yard loss on first-and-goal from the 1 to finish the half, however the roughing penalty allowed Inexperienced Bay to burn off the remaining time. Had it not been known as the Panthers would have had possession possible on the Packers’ aspect of the 50 with an opportunity to attain not less than a discipline aim, perhaps a go-ahead landing. It additionally wore down the Carolina protection, which appeared sluggish in permitting a landing on the primary collection of the second half.