The second quarter was a near carbon copy of the first quarter: The Bills held the ball for only 3 minutes and 46 seconds and did next to nothing on offense, but still yielded just three points.
The Bills were lucky to be within one possession at halftime. They picked up only one first down in the half, with 10:47 left in the second quarter, and gained just 41 yards. LeSean McCoy carried only three times, netting 0 yards.
The story of the second quarter was the Bills' defense, which sacked Cam Newton three times while keeping the Panthers out of the end zone (including the first career sack for Eddie Yarbrough). Safety Jordan Poyer had a key pass break-up in the end zone on a ball intended for Russell Shepard that forced the Panthers' second field goal, a 28-yarder.
Riverboat Ron's conservative calls help Bills: Panthers coach Ron Rivera, nicknamed for his gutsy calls, seemed to help the Bills by calling conservative punts and playing for field position. He punted on fourth and 1 from the Bills' 45 in the first quarter and from their 39 on fourth and 26 in the second. Michael Palardy hit good kicks, but the Panthers deserved a lot better than six points in the first half.
Olsen hurts foot: Panthers star tight end Greg Olsen suffered a foot injury during the second quarter and went to the locker room.
Man down: Side judge James Coleman was shaken up during the second quarter and went to the locker room. The CBS broadcast said Coleman got tangled up with someone on the Bills sideline, but a replay wasn't shown.