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Panthers anything but unbeatable at Bank of America Stadium
Carolina 1-2 at home after Philly loss
 
Published Friday, October 13, 2017 12:37 am
by Ashley Mahoney

PHOTO/TROY HULL
Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly was knocked out of Thursday's 28-23 loss against Philadelphia with concussion symptoms. It's the third time in as many seasons Kuechly suffered a concussion.

The Carolina Panthers can’t sell the home product.

Carolina (4-2) is undefeated on the road and 1-2 at home after a 28-23 loss against Philadelphia (5-1) on Thursday, the Panthers fell short in their first dose of playoff-caliber football.

“That’s the most frustrating part about the whole thing—we have to find ways to use our edges in our favor—the fact that we’re at home, and had two costly losses,” quarterback Cam Newton said.

Said coach Ron Rivera: “You can’t kick field goals and beat good teams. You can’t turn the ball over and not take the ball away. Unfortunately they took the ball away twice and scored points off it. We took the ball away once and didn’t get any points out of it. I think we have to do a better job as coaches putting these guys in position to have success.”

Despite Newton’s productivity on the road in New England and Detroit, his three interceptions against the Eagles cost the Panthers, with tight end Zach Ertz scoring the touchdown in the second quarter and the third in the drives following Newton’s mistakes.

“That’s two losses at home, and we know we’re better than the product that we put out on that field,” said Newton, who had 11 carries for 71 yards and a 16-yard rush for a touchdown, and 28 completions for 239 yards and a 1-yard touchdown pass to running back Christian McCaffrey. “We have to find ways to curate better offense.”

Linebacker Luke Kuechly took a hit in the first quarter, and has been placed in the concussion protocol. It’s his third concussion in as many seasons and his absence on the defensive end brings David Mayo into the mix. Kuechly left the game with four tackles in one quarter. Mayo finished with three tackles over three quarters.

“Prayers go out to [Kuechly],” said defensive tackle Kawann Short, who had four tackles against the Eagles. “Hopefully it’s nothing too bad. He’ll get some rest, and be back in no time.”

 

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