Panthers show pure incompetence on terrible fourth-down calls – Yardbarker

Thursday night’s Carolina Panthers-Tampa Bay Buccaneers game hinged on two fourth-down plays for the Panthers. In both cases, the Panthers called terrible plays that blew up on them in their 20-14 loss. The Panthers turned the ball over on downs three times in the game, including twice in their final three drives. All three came on 4th-and-1 plays. The first one of the two fourth-quarter plays came on a 4th-and-1 from the Tampa Bay 45 down 17-14. Carolina called a pass from the shotgun, and under pressure, Cam Newton hoisted a ball in the air that was not close enough to Curtis Samuel and fell incomplete. The second one came with a minute-and-a-half left and the ball at the Tampa Bay 2-yard line. Carolina called a trick play that involved a direct snap to Christian McCaffrey, who faked a handoff and rushed on a sweep. He was pushed out of bounds short of the first-down spot. The best short-yardage play in the NFL is the quarterback sneak. As Warren Sharp has pointed out, QB sneaks result in a first down abou

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