After looking good for a half, the Carolina Panthers were whipped so bad that quarterback Matt Moore was given an concussion.
Carolina actually scored a touchdown in the final seconds of the first half and led 16-14 at intermission. Quarterback Matt Moore had some bad passes, but he also had some incredible passes. But then both teams came out for the second half and that was all she wrote for the Panthers.
New York outgained the Panthers 196-72 in the second half of a game that featured nine turnovers, five of which came by Carolina.
It was such a pathetic display that it’s difficult to know who to blame. But I guess the Panthers were so bad that there’s enough blame to go around.
The coaches didn’t make the adjustments needed. Jerry Richardson and Marty Hurney screwed the pooch all through the off-season by not getting another quality receiver. The offensive line struggled protecting Moore all game and there weren’t many holes opened up for the running backs. Moore had some awful looking passes. He floated quite a few and threw three interceptions. The defense wore down late and the secondary still hasn’t covered Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks, who had three touchdowns. [photogallerylink id=12664]
“Like all openers, everybody struggles to some degree,” Panthers coach John Fox said. “The first half, we did some decent things in the pass game. As they game wore on, it got more in their advantage. There’s no question they made more plays than we did. We made a few more mistakes than they did.”
Even worse, Moore was knocked out of the game in the final minutes when he was sacked and given a concussion. He was taken to an area hospital and flew home with the team. His status for Sunday at home against Tampa Bay is uncertain.
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