Published: Wed, December 14, 2016
Sport | By Desiree Waters

Tie or no tie? Dress-code flap defines Panthers' 40-7 loss

Tie or no tie? Dress-code flap defines Panthers' 40-7 loss

Then the Carolina Panthers didn't show up for the rest of it, getting blasted 40-7 by Seattle in an embarrassing performance that featured their star quarterback getting publicly disciplined for a wardrobe malfunction.

In what will, assuming God is merciful, be the dumbest National Football League story of the week, it turns out that the reason why Cam Newton didn't start for the Carolina Panthers last night against the Seattle Seahawks was that he wouldn't dress like a clown.

The Panthers' first offensive play ended up being a pass by Derek Anderson that deflected off Mike Tolbert's hands and into the arms of linebacker Mike Morgan, but that play didn't cost Carolina the game. The rout was on.

Newton didn't express disagreement with Rivera's decision after the game, explaining he realized just before the buses left to take the team to the airport that he hadn't packed a shirt and tie. Otherwise, it was big plays by Seattle underneath a cloud of controversy over the decision to punish Newton - even if it lasted only one play. Just win one time, one game.

So it was another brutal day in a season full of them for Carolina, as the Panthers took a beating.

Carolina's one ray of hope came when the Panthers scored on a 55-yard touchdown pass from Newton to Ted Ginn Jr.

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Unless the Panthers can suddenly play a full 60 minutes or Seattle has a weird collapse, this likely won't be a win for Carolina. Was it too harsh?

So was the game itself. Atlanta (7-5) lost Sunday as well, so Carolina remains three games behind the Falcons and Tampa Bay (also 7-5) in the NFC South with four to play. The Panthers dwell in the divisional cellar, and they have earned that spot.

While the Panthers continue to place starters on injured reserve and hold a long and nasty looking injury report, the Seahawks are starting to get healthy. Former Seahawks WR Ricardo Lockette, who retired after a neck injury suffered last season in a game at Dallas, raised Seattle's 12th Man flag before the game. "But we didn't lose this game because of a tie". Right tackle Trai Turner, playing the position for the first time since high school, said he didn't know what was going on until the opening play.

Seattle put the exclamation point on its dominant victory early in the fourth quarter with a 1-yard toss from Russell Wilson to Jimmy Graham that stretched the lead to 30 points.

One of the most notable pieces in his outfits has been his hats.

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