For a moment late Thursday night, you could look between the raindrops and see a Willis Reed or Kirk Gibson moment unfolding, as Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater jogged back on the field six plays after taking a cheap shot to the neck with a chance to be a hero.

Bridgewater had 95 yards to go and eight points to make up with less than three minutes left. But when he heaved a 42-yard bomb to DJ Moore, the forgotten man before the final drive, the Panthers were suddenly in Atlanta territory and the waterlogged crowd of 5,240 at Bank of America Stadium had hope.

It didn’t last.

Three plays later, Bridgewater missed Moore badly on a third-and-6 throw and Falcons cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson’s interception sealed the Falcons’ 25-17 victory and sent the Panthers reeling to their third consecutive loss.

In each of the three defeats, the Panthers’ offense had a chance at the end of the game to tie or take the lead. Thursday was…





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