Penalties. The Cardinals had 10 of them for 88 yards. A few were questionable but there were a couple of holding calls that didn’t need to happen. It was not a good day by anyone on the Cardinals offensive line.
The Cardinals also couldn’t stop Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart, who ran for 95 yards, not quarterback Cam Newton, who ran for another 43. Their ball control kept the Cardinals from mounting a complete comeback.
Missed opportunities on defense. Safety Tony Jefferson had what first looked like an interception but he never maintained position in bounds after stepping out. Then cornerback Patrick Peterson missed a tackle and was burned badly on a play that initially looked like Newton would be sacked on.