It’s the Super Bowl. Now’s not the time to play it safe.
The Carolina Panthers were trying to get a drive going for a potential go-ahead score in the fourth quarter on Sunday against the Denver Broncos. However, on third-and-9 with less than five minutes remaining, quarterback Cam Newton dropped back to pass and was stripped by linebacker Von Miller.
Did Newton think the ball was an incomplete pass? Maybe, but doubtful. What’s clear is that he saw the ball lying on the ground and he didn’t make a great effort to recover it. The ball bounced backwards and was eventually recovered by safety TJ Ward inside the 10-yard line.
A few plays later, CJ Anderson scored a touchdown and put the game out of reach. Final score: Broncos 24, Panthers 10.
Sunday didn’t seem to be the Panthers’ day right from the start. However, its effort plays like this that make the difference between a Super Bowl ring and an offseason of regret.