Panthers must learn to 'get over the hump'

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Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera says the team must play better down the stretch of ballgames.  FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera says the team must play better down the stretch of ballgames.

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 consecutive 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 after they’ve held a lead in the fourth quarter – tied with the Philadelphia Eagles for the most in the league, according to STATS INC.

• The Panthers announced Monday that free safety Charles Godfrey has torn his right Achilles tendon and is out for the season.

BUCCANEERS: Safety Dashon Goldson was suspended for one game for flagrant and repeat violations of NFL safety rules prohibiting hits to the head and neck area of defenseless players.

Goldson was penalized for unnecessary roughness in the second quarter of Sunday’s game against New Orleans.

LIONS: Coach Jim Schwartz says tests on Reggie Bush’s left knee were “encouraging,” and his ailment isn’t a long-term injury.

Bush took a helmet to his left knee in the first half Sunday at Arizona and played only briefly in the third quarter.

JAGUARS: Running back Maurice Jones-Drew has a tendon strain in his left foot, and the team hopes he won’t miss any games.

SEAHAWKS: The fan group attempting to set a Guinness World Records mark for the loudest stadium says it set a record during Sunday’s game against San Francisco.

In the first quarter of Seattle’s win, the decibel reading taken during a sack of Colin Kaepernick was 131.9 decibels.

The previous record for “loudest crowd roar at a sports stadium,” was 131.76 decibels, set in 2011 in Turkey at the Ali Sami Yen Sport Complex Turk Telekom Arena during a soccer match between Galatasaray SC and Fenerbahce.

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