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Panthers Continue to Struggle

By Michael Bearak     Dec 13, 2009 in Sports
The Carolina Panthers continued to struggle after finding success a week ago with Matt Moore as their quarterback. This week the New England Patriots controlled the second-half and the game
A week ago the quarterback change from Jack Delhomme to Matt Moore seemed to be a possible answer for getting the then 4-7 Panthers back on track. This week a solid performance out of Moore wasn't enough to get the Panthers over the top against the Patriots.
Moore was 15 for 30 for 197 yards, 1 touchdown and no interceptions. That was better than what his counterpart, Tom Brady was able to do going 19 for 32 and 195 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception. New England also fumbled twice losing it both times. So if there was any silver-lining for the now 4-8 Panthers is that they didn't have a single turnover the entire game.
It just seemed like nothing else was going to go the Panthers way this Sunday as they racked up 9 penalties for 92 yards. The Panthers were also out-rushed 185-126 and the Patriots controlled the game clock by almost 10 minutes.
In the end it was failures to convert in the red-zone, which they only visited once the entire game, along with capitalizing on three turnovers and a 3 for 13 day on third-down efficiency spelled the doom of the of the Panthers for yet another week.
The victory for the Patriots helps them maintain their one game AFC-East lead. While the game was tied at 7-7 at half time the Patriots took over the game in the second half posting 13 points in the second half and allowing the Panthers to just get one field goal and that didn't come until the fourth quarter.
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