Bridgewater, Panthers leave Minnesota with frustrating loss

Carolina Panthers helmet (Photo: Ed Clemente / MGN)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Teddy Bridgewater and the Carolina Panthers had plenty of chances to emerge from Minnesota with a gritty if ugly victory.

They left with a frustrating 28-27 loss.

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Bridgewater threw an incomplete pass into the end zone on third-and-goal that cost the Panthers a chance to seal the game just after the 2-minute warning.

The defense let Kirk Cousins lead the Vikings on a seven-play, 75-yard touchdown drive for the lead.

Then Joey Slye missed a 54-yard field goal in the closing seconds.

First-year Panthers coach Matt Rhule put the blame for the performance on him and his staff.