Carolina’s 37-13 loss to Baltimore has a lot of lows to choose from. Here’s my five -- and here's the link to my column on Brian St. Pierre written after the game and in Monday's newspaper:
1) Third-down conversions. This is where Carolina’s offense really let down. The Panthers went 1-for-13 on third downs, often throwing very short, safe and ultimately unsuccessful passes on third-and-long. That's how you get to 1-9.
2) The takeover. Ravens fans really took over the stadium. We’ve seen it before – most notably when Patriots fans controlled about 90 percent of the Panthers' stadium in the fourth quarter of Carolina’s final loss during the 1-15 year of 2001. It wasn’t that bad Sunday, but the chant of “Let’s go, Ravens” was everywhere in the closing minutes in Charlotte.
3) Pass defense. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco threw for 301 yards, never came close to getting picked off and had a pass rating of 110.8. The 56-yard TD bomb on Baltimore’s second play was an unfortunate symbol.
4) Pick six. Baltimore scored two touchdowns 11 seconds apart in the fourth quarter on back-to-back interception returns of Brian St. Pierre for TDs, which changed a 23-13 game into the 37-13 final score.
5) Kickoff coverage. Baltimore rookie David Reed’s 84-yard return of the second-half kickoff gave the Ravens a burst of momentum.
NFL schedule will be released Wednesday at 8 p.m.
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