It took until about two minutes left for the Carolina Panthers team to shake off the bad vibes of the last two weeks. In the second quarter the Panthers were down 21-7 to the Chicago Bears and the Bears looked to be on their way to adding three more points.
The Bears’ kicker Robbie Gould, one of the better kickers in the league, pushed the kick and hit the upright. The Panthers got the ball back and Cam Newton led a two minute drive that ended with a touchdown pass to Greg Olsen. This seemed to breathe new life into this team as they went on to outscore the Bears 17-3 in the second half and secure their third win of the season.
The key to their comeback was the defensive effort by this Panthers defense. The team forced three turnovers, two of them in the fourth quarter, and held the Bears to only 89 yards in the second half. The Panthers on the other hand fixed their turnover woes with none in the second half after three in the first half.
This win was big for Carolina as they now are in sole possession of first place in the NFC South thanks to the Atlanta Falcons loss to the New York Giants today. This win should give the Panthers some momentum as they head into a tough stretch of games starting next week with the Cincinnati Bengals.