Panthers fans inside Bank of America rained on Mayfield and booed after the Cardinals defensive tackle, with Zach Allen making a pass in fourth and third with 9:13 left in the game. The fifth-year quarterback led another stagnant effort to start the Panthers’ run, finishing 22 of 36 for 197 yards and one touchdown with two interceptions and one missing.
After the game, Mayfield acknowledged the upset fanbase’s response to Carolina’s third loss in four weeks and had a bold message for those who had something to say about the club’s performance at the start of the season.
“Obviously, I’m frustrated with the fact that we’re 1-3. We’re four weeks into the year. Mayfield said: via Nick Carbone from WCNC. “I don’t really care about the fact that our fans are booing or what’s going on. We’ll find out and when we win, it’s just us in the locker room and that’s all I really care about so we’ll be fine.”
When asked if the boos affected him, Mayfield responded with an interesting reference to the Panthers series that follows the booing: a 9-play TD drive, 74 yards capped by a 13-yard pass for Christian McCaffrey and two conversion points failed with 4:47 remaining in regulation. The score cut the difference from 16 to 10 in Carolina’s last campaign in the game.
“Did we go down and score a touchdown after they started booing? Yes,” Mayfield said.
As captain of the unit that ranks last in the NFL in total offensive, Mayfield and coach Matt Ryol enter week five in a precarious position as the Panthers continue to search for answers.
Carolina will be looking to give her fans something to cheer about next Sunday when the 49 visitors come to Charlotte.
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