CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — It doesn’t surprise safety Mike Mitchell that the Carolina Panthers are only the third home underdog in the NFL divisional playoffs in the past 20 years. “We haven’t gotten much respect all year,” he said. “It looks like we still have people to prove wrong.”
Cam Newton clinched his first division championship with a big win in his hometown.
Cam Newton was having a miserable afternoon. The Panthers’ quarterback had been ineffective all day, limited to 116 yards passing by the New Orleans Saints in the game’s first 59 minutes. The old Newton might have run and hid under a towel and sulked on the sideline.
Drew Brees often makes the extraordinary look routine, particularly during night games in the Superdome. Sometimes even the best defenses don’t stand a chance. Carolina’s didn’t on Sunday night, when the Saints rolled to a 31-13 triumph in which New Orleans took back sole possession of first place in the NFC South.
Some teams might struggle when they lose their top pass rusher. The Carolina Panthers just seem to keep on rolling.
Carolina’s last-minute scoring drive to end the first half gave the Miami Dolphins a taste of what was to come.
Mike Mitchell is bringing a little attitude — and a whole lot of big plays — to the Carolina Panthers’ defense.
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As the final seconds ticked down, Cam Newton walked across the field to find Adrian Peterson and offered a warm embrace.
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Seven sacks, three interceptions and a lost fumble. Cam Newton had a miserable Sunday in Arizona.