The Carolina Panthers entered Week 14 on a four-game losing streak, their playoff hopes dwindling with each passing week. Unfortunately for them, their losing streak reached five in a 26-20 loss to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
The Panthers haven’t lost this many games in a row since dropping six straight in 2014. They still made the playoffs that season in a down year for the NFC South, but they don’t have that luxury this year.
Even if Carolina can somehow manage to turn things around and finish 9-7, it still may not be enough to qualify for the playoffs. The NFC South is out of the question because the New Orleans Saints have already clinched, and there are several teams vying for the NFC’s two wild-card spots.
The Panthers had an opportunity to get back on track with a win over Cleveland on Sunday. They even carried a 20-17 lead into the fourth quarter. However, the Browns outscored Carolina 9-0 over the game’s final 15 minutes and the Panthers failed to capitalize on some great opportunities as their road struggles continued.
Despite winning five of six home games in 2018, the Panthers have posted a 1-6 record on the road. All but one of those defeats has been by seven points or less, but a loss is a loss.
Nevertheless, certain players have stood out for the Panthers in spite of their inability to win games. The same was true again on Sunday.
Here’s a look at the three best performances from the Panthers’ Week 14 loss to the Browns.
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