Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 10/3/12

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 07: Brandon LaFell of the Carolina Panthers sits on the bench against the New Orleans Saints during their game at Bank of America Stadium on November 7, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Carolina Panthers’ receiver Brandon LaFell is still smarting from the heartbreaking loss to the Atlanta Falcons. The upstart target for Cam Newton didn’t feel like punting was the right choice in the waning moments of thier Sunday game. In the NFL it’s a game of inches, and pound of courage, they had the inches, just not the courage. Protecting a one point lead, the Panthers opted on a fourth and short to punt and hope the defense could hold. Sometimes you need more than hope, and Carolina ended up losing the game.

LaFell joined The Mac Attack on WFNZ in Charlotte to shed some light on how he felt about the situation.

“I’m not over that at all. Like I told the guys in the locker room … I’d rather get blown out than lose a game like that. We just gave the game away.”

“It’s fourth and inches, we’ve got Mike Tolbert, we’ve got Jonathan Stewart, some of the best power backs in the league. I felt like we could have got that yard. And I didn’t want to put our defense in that situation, because we should have won the game right there with that possession.”

“I felt like it came down to the offense to win that game, and we should have won that game. And we just gave it away like that — it just hurts. You just put a lot of work into something, and you just give it away. Like, why? So everybody was down in the locker room, but I feel like we come in tomorrow, we’re going to get back right. But this is much harder to get over than the Giants loss.”

“I was thinking in my head, they’ve got 40 or 50 seconds, there’s no way they’re going to go 99 yards on our defense and kick a field goal or score a touchdown. There’s no way.”
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