Carolina just botched a shot at leading the game on the last play of the first half.
The Panthers had had a decent drive and gotten to 4th-and-2 from the Vikings' 29. They sent John Kasay out for a 47-yard field-goal attempt with 0:04 remaining.
But then, here came some of the Panthers' nastiness. They got called for a false start -- on undrafted rookie Garry Williams, in for blocking purposes -- which would have made it a 52-yard field goal.
That, decided coach John Fox, was too far. Kasay had already had an extra point blocked in this game and Fox was obviously concerned about the ol' blocked punt-runback play, which must happen at least, oh, twice a year in the NFL.
So instead, he sent Matt Moore back out to throw a Hail Mary, which was incomplete, and so Carolina still trails 7-6 at the half.
Fox's decision here -- questioned by Cris Collinsworth on TV -- was downright weird. Does he suddenly not trust Kasay's leg? (Kasay has had troubles from 50-yard plus this season). But it's not like the Vikings would get the ball back if he missed -- only the block would have hurt Carolina.
Anyway, Matt Moore actually had a pretty good half for Carolina -- he has avoided all mistakes -- but the Panthers are still down 7-6.
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