The Carolina Panthers have not had the type of season they planned on having after going 12-4 and winning the NFC South Division title last year.
Through the first half of the season, the Panthers sit at 3-5, already having eclipsed their loss total from 2008.
The second quarter saw improved play from the Panthers, especially on defense and in the running game. The Panthers were ranked first in pass defense for much of the quarter until Drew Brees and the Saints uprooted them with 330 yards passing.
DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart benefited from improved offensive line play in the second quarter and recorded two of the franchise's top three rushing performances during that span.
Despite all of that, the Panthers still wound up with a 2-2 record in the second quarter and now find themselves staring straight uphill at the second half of the season and a potential playoff berth.
Let's take a look at the award winners from the second quarter.