What it means: Basically, nothing. Although the Panthers traveled all the way across the country and jumped out to a 14-0 lead, they still ended up getting drubbed by a mediocre team.
Light at the end of the tunnel: The Panthers remained in the lead to have the first pick in the 2011 draft.
Positive Panther stat of the day: Jimmy Clausen completed more than 50 percent of his passes (18 of 34), which isn’t always a given for this rookie.
By the numbers: Four. It is the number of games left for John Fox as Carolina's coach, unless of course, the Panthers decide to pull the plug early and go the interim route.
Changing stereotypes: There's a perception (largely justified) that college coaches don't succeed in the NFL. Well, if Jerry Richardson and Marty Hurney were watching Pete Carroll and the Seahawks on Sunday, maybe that planted a seed. Heck, they might be able to get a package deal on Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh and quarterback Andrew Luck.
What’s next: It doesn’t get any easier for the Panthers. They host the Atlanta Falcons, who have the NFC’s best record next Sunday.