Carolina's close losses turn Rivera's stomach

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Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Monday he was "feeling crappy" and it's not because he's under the weather. He's sick to his stomach about the way the Panthers have lost three games this season.

Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Monday he was "feeling crappy" and it's not because he's under the weather.

He's sick to his stomach about the way the Panthers have lost three games this season.

The Panthers are bringing up the rear in the NFC South, but you can make a pretty good argument they should be 4-0 season even though Rivera has already lost five starters to injured reserve. They've had late chances to win or tie against Arizona, Green Bay and Chicago, but for a variety of reasons have given those games away.

That has led to frustration.

"What's happening is there are some of us that are getting tired of it because you get to the point where you say: 'We keep hurting ourselves,'" Rivera said. "Well, you know what? It's time to stop. It's time to grow up. That comes back to me. I've got to make sure in practice, make sure in meetings, make sure when we play that certain things are unacceptable. And we continue to make those mistakes and eventually it's going to wear thin and frustration is going to come out. Truthfully, I'm frustrated right now."

He's not the only one.

The visitor's postgame locker room at Soldier Field on Sunday was filled with tension as players were angry over the turn over events that led to their third loss by seven points or less.

"It's getting pretty old this whole business of 'we're good enough to win, but we don't win,'" said tight end Greg Olsen after the game. "It's kind of starting to get old. So we need to learn quick how to win at this level and how to beat good teams."

The biggest problem continues to be finishing games.

The Panthers had two chances to take the lead against the Bears, but both times the offense -- a unit that tallied 24 first downs -- sputtered when it counted the most. Carolina managed just one first down on two crucial drives with less than six minutes to play, resulting in a punt and a turnover on downs.

They also turned the ball over on downs late in losses to Green Bay and Arizona.

"We're learning how to finish games and it's obvious that we didn't finish the game," running back DeAngelo Williams said.

Breaking the trend won't be easy.

Carolina's next three games are against New Orleans (3-1), Atlanta (2-2) and Washington (3-1).

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