CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Even for a Panthers team accustomed to losing late leads, Sunday's 24-21 setback to the Minnesota Vikings was a new low.
Carolina coach Ron Rivera tried to console Olindo Mare after everyone else had cleared out of the Panthers locker room Sunday, walking with his arm around the shoulders of the kicker who had missed a potential game-tying 31-yard field goal with 26 seconds left, resulting in the devastating defeat to Minnesota.
It was the fifth time this season the Panthers lost a game in which they either led or were tied in the fourth quarter.
A victory would have sent the Panthers into their bye week at 3-5 with a chance to build on two-game win streak and Tennessee looming on Nov. 13. Instead, they're 2-6 with a bitter taste in their mouths.
"I think there's a lot of frustration right now," Rivera said.
Nobody was more frustrated than Mare, who called his miss "inexcusable."
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