Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Cardinals wasted a prime opportunity to score a rare victory on the East Coast, proving again that bad things tend to happen on the road.
From a botched extra point to costly turnovers deep in Carolina territory, the Cardinals found ways to lose a game they controlled much of the way.
They proved they can start quickly against a strong opponent, a big improvement over their most recent East Coast road game (56-35 defeat to the Jets in Week 4).
The outcome affirmed how difficult life can become without a serviceable running game to rely upon.