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The Panthers have proven that the stage is not too big. They have shown that they are relevant.

One reporter asked Cam Newton, “Do you sense something special with this group.” Cam: “I sense it. And it all starts with everyone looking their selves in the mirror first. I have to hold myself accountable each and everyday to put a great product on come game time…everybody’s been trying to hold themselves accountable–that they can’t let that next person next to them down. To be able to look those guys in the eyes and say ‘I gave it all I got today.’ And knowing that when you come into the locker room; there’s no better feeling.”

Charles Johnson is one of those players. After an upsetting injury on the field, C.J. wanted to be back in the game. The coaches were unsure whether or not to let him back on the field. But C.J. told the coaches that the only way he could know how severe his injury was, was to be on the field. He told Rivera that he would give it everything he had. C.J. went back on the field and was able to get to the quarterback. Rivera noticed the difference without C.J. on the field. C.J. is the quiet unspoken leader, but his presence on the field has a big impact on the defense. Rivera: “He reached deep down and did some good things for us. Hopefully there’s good news after his MRI today.”


The Panthers “one-game-at-a-time” mentality may be frustrating some folks but it is this levelheaded mentality that has shown this teams maturity and has manifested in W’s.


The Panthers recognize that it is still an uphill climb. Yes, the Patriots are a good team. Yes, the Panthers did win a Prime time game. Yes, the Panthers did show the nation that they are relevant.

However, the celebration will be short lived because as the Panthers very well know, they are not at the top. They are 7-3. Their goal is to be the best.


To reach their goal, it will take the “one-game-at-a-time” mentality to get them there. Celebrate this win against a very good N.E. Patriots. Then, get back to work focusing on the Miami Dolphins.


Ted Ginn was awarded the game ball. Ted Ginn knows that it will be a continuing effort to maintain success.

Ted Ginn: “What we have is true. We just have to go out and keep competing and keep putting it together…We can compete with anybody.”


Ron Rivera hits the nail on the head: Last week the defense stepped up; this week it was the offense. Rivera: “I like to believe that’s what good teams do.” “It was good for our guys to win a game like this.”

It is great to see that the team is countering itself. It is a team effort and when one man struggles the other is there to help carry the load. It is a militaristic effort—no man left behind.


Rivera still knows that there are things to improve upon. Tape of the game is an invaluable resource. It will give the Panthers the opportunity to see what they did well and what they can improve upon. Rivera will have a list and corrections will be made. Overall, he is proud of the team’s effort. But moving forward, the team must continue to improve. Rivera: “…We got some work to do.”

Rivera: “Our players fought hard and won a game that not many thought we could win…We are relevant. But we still have a lot of work to do.”




C. Newton 7/62

M. Tolbert 6/17

D. Williams 6/14

J. Stewart 4/10

Total 23/103



C. Newton 19/28/ 209



B. Lafell 8/7/59   1 TD

G. Olsen 8/5/52   1 TD

S. Smith 6/4/62

D. Williams 3/2/11

T. Ginn 3/1/25   1TD



R. Lester 1



3rd Down Eff. 8-11-73%




Red zone Eff. 2-2-100%

T.O.P. 29:14



T. Davis 10 TKL 7AST 17 COMB

L. Kuechly 8 TKL 4 AST 12 COMB

M. White  4 TKL 3 AST 7 COMB

G. Hardy 3 TKL 3 AST 6 COMB 1 SK

S. Lotulelei 4 TKL 1 AST 5 COMB 1 SK


Written by: Phillip Boyce

Twitter: phillipjboyce

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