The Carolina Panthers were leading the Arizona Cardinals 17-7 in the NFC Championship Game, but the momentum was swinging in Arizona’s direction. They scored a touchdown, forced a punt, and appeared poised to take the ball over with great field position. Then, Patrick Peterson made a colossal blunder.
Patrick Peterson not quite square to the ball, couldn't hang on pic.twitter.com/9dPL5CXQha
— The Cauldron (@TheCauldron) January 25, 2016
Terrible play. While catching the ball in stride would have set Peterson up for a big return, you have to be sure that the ball is caught, especially when trailing.
Making matters worse, the next play didn’t go so well for Peterson, who was beaten by Ted Ginn and called for a penalty.
In one play, the momentum of the game completely shifted back in Carolina’s favor. They got the ball with good field position. The Panthers took full advantage, padding their lead with a touchdown on a Cam Newton quarterback sneak.
Suddenly, the score was 24-7.