Up next for the 49ers are the Carolina Panthers. Although the Panthers came to Candlestick earlier this season and beat San Francisco, the 49ers are the better team and have a very good shot at winning their second straight road playoff game.
The Carolina Panthers had to win the last game of the season to get the NFC South title and a first-round bye so it’s not like it was a time they could rest their players. Steve Smith had to sit out with an injury, and there were not a lot of other options for Cam Newton to rely on, but there need to be.
The Carolina Panthers may have been facing off with the lowly Atlanta Falcons in the regular season finale, but they still had a lot to play for as far as the playoffs were concerned. Once again, they had to hold on for another victory, but they did it with a tout defense and an offense that scored when it counted.
The Carolina Panthers needed a victory over the New Orleans Saints to clinch a playoff berth and keep their hopes of an NFC South title alive. On a day when a monsoon descended upon Bank of America Stadium, the Panthers didn’t win in pretty fashion, but they got back at the Saints and into the playoffs.
For many football fans, Week 16 of the season is even bigger than the Super Bowl because it is their personal Super Bowl. It is the week with money on the line. Week 16 is the week fantasy football champions are crowned.
DeAngelo Williams: “This Is A Big Game. We Control Our Own Destiny And They Control Their Own Destiny So It’s Going To Have A Playoff Atmosphere”
On Thursday, Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams joined Taylor Zarzour on The Drive from the Panthers locker room. DeAngelo and Taylor discussed a multitude of topics: his productive season, this Sunday’s game vs. New Orleans, and an embarrassing picture Steve Smith put up of him. DeAngelo had some interesting things to say about these topics, as well as a couple thoughts on Cam Newton and his improved play
The Carolina Panthers still have a shot at the NFC South title and after a loss to the New Orleans Saints, they needed to rebound in a big way. That was exactly what they did against the New York Jets and kept their divisional title hopes alive.
It had to come to an end sooner or later, but the Carolina Panthers did not think that their eight-game win streak would come crashing down like it did on Sunday night. The New Orleans Saints rebounded big time from their bad loss last week and took it to the Panthers in the Superdome.
The Carolina Panthers will need to try and attack the rushing defense of the New Orleans Saints as Rob Ryan won’t let an opposing passing game thrash them again. With that, the Panthers will get one running back returning to the field while another will likely sit on the sidelines.
The Carolina Panthers are playing so well that the NFL wants them to be seen on a national stage. Due to that, and the success of the New Orleans Saints, an upcoming game has been moved to prime time for the whole world to see.