Monday night’s final score might have been 17-14 in favor of Tampa Bay, but neither team really deserved to win that Monday Night Football game, and you can argue that both sides focused their efforts into losing the contest.
Which is the better team? That’s a question that will linger for those who care to think about such depressing things.
Here’s what we do know: The Carolina Panthers’ season is over.
The defending NFC champions are now 1-4 on the season, sitting in last place in the NFC South.
The playoffs are out of the question now — only eight teams in NFL history have come back from a 1-4 start to make the postseason, and we haven’t seen anything from this team that signals a turnaround is imminent. In fact, things might get worse before they get better.
Five games after the Panthers played in the Super Bowl, their season is over.