In 10 of Ron Rivera’s 21 losses as Panthers head coach, Carolina has led in the fourth quarter (the 10 blown leads ties for an NFL high with Philadelphia in that time period). A closer look at those 10 games:
1) at Arizona: In Rivera’s first game as a head coach, Carolina leads 21-14 in the fourth quarter. But the defense gives up a 70-yard touchdown pass and then the special teams gives up an 89-yard punt return. Carolina loses 28-21.
2) New Orleans: The Panthers lead 27-23 early in the fourth quarter. Drew Brees takes the Saints on an 89-yard, 13-play drive to score with 50 seconds left. With all three timeouts and 50 seconds to go, Cam Newton can’t get Carolina close to field-goal range and Panthers lose 30-27.
3) at Atlanta: Carolina leads the Falcons 17-14 early in the fourth quarter. Newton throws two fourth-quarter interceptions. Atlanta wins 31-17.
4) Atlanta: Carolina leads 23-17 early in the fourth quarter. Julio Jones scores on TD passes of 17 and 75 yards, sandwiched around Olindo Mare’s missed 36-yard field goal, and Atlanta wins 31-23.
5) at Atlanta: Leading 28-27, Rivera calls for a punt on 4th-and-1 at the Atlanta 45. Carolina downs the punt at the 1 with 0:59 left. Matt Ryan throws a 59-yard pass over Haruki Nakamura’s head to set up a winning field goal. Falcons win 30-28.
6) Dallas: Panthers lead 14-13 but lose 19-14 on two fourth-quarter Dallas field goals. Down 16-14, the Panthers did go for it on fourth-and-1 at their own 40 but missed it.
7) at Chicago: Carolina leads 19-7 entering the fourth quarter. A punt on 4th-and-1 at Carolina’s 32 goes 6 yards. Bears score one TD, then score immediately on a Newton interception that is returned for a TD. Newton gets Panthers back ahead with field-goal drive, but extremely soft coverage from the Carolina secondary allows Bears to win 23-22 with a field goal in final seconds.
8) Tampa Bay: Panthers lead 21-13, don’t go for 4th-and-1 at Tampa Bay 49 and punt to Bucs with 1:02 left. With no timeouts, Bucs march 80 yards, score, get the two-point conversion and score a TD on first drive of overtime to win 27-21.
9) Seattle: Panthers lead 7-6 early in the fourth quarter. DeAngelo Williams fumbles inside Seattle 10 late in game. Seahawks run out the clock and win the game 12-7.
10) Buffalo: With a 20-17 lead, Panthers run the ball three times to use up all Buffalo’s timeouts after the two-minute warning. The Panthers don’t go for fourth-and-1 from Buffalo 21, instead kicking field goal.
Buffalo gets ball back with 1:38 left and no timeouts. Bills drive 80 yards and win 24-23 by scoring TD with 0:02 left.
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