Panthers fall short 30-27 to Rams, host Bucs on Thursday night (9-8-19)

By: Lamonte Thomas

Headline Photo Credit: Carolina Panthers

If someone told me that Jared Goff’s statline would read 23 of 39 for 186 yards, one touchdown and one interception in his week 1 debut vs Carolina, I would bet that the Panthers would come out victorious. It’s a good thing that I’m not a betting man.

Though Cam Newton was sacked three times on the day (Clay Matthews, Dante Fowler Jr x2) the Panthers O-line successfully kept the Rams’ Aaron Donald from dominating the game. Newton finished the game 25 for 38 for 239 yards passing and one interception. Christian McCaffrey had a remarkable performance with 209 total yards– 128 from the ground with two scores; he also had 81 yards receiving on 10 receptions. 

The game started rather sloppy for both teams, as DJ Moore lost a fumble within the first few minutes of the game. The first few Panthers drives stalled and kicker Joey Slye missed a 53-yard field goal near the end of the first, as neither team had yet to score.

Panthers battled till the very end. Their defense is one of the toughest in the NFL
(Photo Credit: Carolina Panthers)

The Los Angeles offense came alive in the second, as they jumped out to a 13-0 lead behind some strong yards running from the backfield and also from receivers after short passes. Carolina suffered another offensive setback when a lateral pass from Cam was tipped at the line of scrimmage and recovered by the Rams.

Down 16-3 in the second half, the Panthers kept pounding until the end. McCaffrey’s two touchdowns and a Slye field goal  (52) closed the LA lead to three at the start of the fourth quarter. The Rams went up ten before a 9-play 70-yard Panthers drive that ended with a 1-yd Alex Armah score made it 30-27 LA with just over two minutes to play. Two plays that gave Carolina sparks came from a blocked punt by Jermaine Carter and an interception by James Bradbury. Ultimately Carolina fell to the Rams with by the final score of 30-27. 

Next week Carolina will play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night at Bank of America Stadium, who was defeated by the 49ers 31-17 in week 1.