The Carolina Panthers really weren’t even expected to contend for a playoff spot this season, but they surpassed all expectations and then some. Unfortunately, a team they got the better of during the regular season got the better of them in the playoffs.
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.”
The Carolina Panthers were thrilled to get the first-round bye in the NFL playoffs because it meant one less game between them and the Super Bowl. They were also very grateful for it because it allowed a number of players to fully heal up.
The only two notable names that could miss this Sunday’s game between the 49ers and Panthers are Steve Smith and Carlos Rogers. While it’s unlikely that Smith will sit, it would not be a surprise to see Rogers not dressed. Regardless of what happens, both teams will be fine, and shouldn’t have to make any major adjustments.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith said his left knee feels “fine” and hopes to be ready to play Sunday against San Francisco in the NFC divisional playoffs.
CBS NFL Today Analyst Boomer Esiason joined Frank and Yarbs to preview the Panthers/49ers divisional playoff game. Why does Boomer think the game will come down to Cam Newton vs. Colin Kaepernick. Can the Panther defense carry the team to victory?
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith said Thursday his injured left knee isn’t coming along quite as well as he’d hoped. Smith practiced for the second straight day on a limited basis, saying, “It didn’t feel as great as I thought it’d feel.”
It’s almost that time…The NFC Playoff Divisional Round is coming to Charlotte, NC, as our Carolina Panthers (12-4) face off against the San Francisco 49ers (12-4) this Sunday afternoon.
The Carolina Panthers have not been to the playoffs since 2008. The upcoming game against the San Francisco 49ers will mark just the fifth time in franchise history that the Panthers have been to the playoffs, and that means the team is severely lacking in playoff experience.
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.