Coach Ron Rivera said the Panthers have to find a way to close out games if they're ever going to take the next step as a football team.
So far that hasn't happened.
The Panthers (0-2) surrendered a fourth quarter lead for the second straight week, losing in heartbreaking fashion when Stevie Johnson caught a 2-yard touchdown pass from EJ Manuel with 2 seconds left to lift the Buffalo Bills to a 24-23 win Sunday.
''It's time to get over the hump,'' Rivera said Monday. ''We've been through this - and that is the thing that is disheartening. You'd like to believe that we've gotten to the point where we've learned from these things and now it's about getting things done.''
Since Rivera took over as head coach in 2011, the Panthers have lost 10 games they've held a lead in the fourth quarter - which is tied with the Philadelphia Eagles for the most in the league, according to STATS INC.
The loss brings up more questions about Rivera's job security.
The third-year coach said he hasn...