Panthers’ long week gets worse with 5th straight loss

Carolina Panthers

ATLANTA (AP) — The Carolina Panthers hit a new bottom in Sunday’s 40-20 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, losing their fifth straight game a few days after the firing of coach Ron Rivera.

Linebacker Luke Kuechly acknowledged it might be the roughest stretch he can remember over a two-year period that’s seen the Panthers miss the playoffs and lose Cam Newton this year to a season-ending foot injury.

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Carolina committed four turnovers and had no takeaways against a struggling opponent.