A season that was already on the brink of being lost took another big step in that direction Sunday, as the Panthers couldn’t make the plays late, falling to the Cowboys 19-14.
Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey‘s 28-yard make with 3:25 left in the fourth quarter gave the Cowboys a slim 16-14 advantage. Dallas then held on 4th-and-1 in Carolina territory, forcing an incompletion, and took over at the Panthers’ 39 with 2:08 to go.
Six plays later, and after forcing the hosts to burn their final two timeouts in the process, Bailey converted a 38-yarder with 53 seconds on the clock for a 19-14 contest.
Cam Newton hit Steve Smith for 26 yards and a first down on the final possession, then spiked the ball and threw an incompletion before taking a sack on third down. Newton connected with Greg Olson on the final play, but the quarterback lost the football during an extended lateral sequence as time expired.
Newton finished 21 of 37 for 233 yards with one touchdown and an early interception for the Panthers, who are now 1-5 on the season and continue to search for answers.
It was the fourth time in six games Carolina’s offense failed to score 15 points after a season in which they finished fifth in the league in scoring averaging more than 25 points per game.
Smith totaled 83 yards on seven receptions, Brandon LaFell posted a touchdown catch and Mike Tolbert posted one on the ground for Carolina.
This loss can be placed on the offense once again, which continues to fail to make big plays late. They failed against Seattle, and now again today vs the Cowboys were not able to covert with the game on the line.
Things won’t get easier for the Panthers, who next week travel to play at Chicago.