The return of Cam Newton to the starting quarterback position for the Carolina Panthers brought an extra spark to a team that played well enough in week one to register a win. Now, they’ve taken down the Detroit Lions for a 2-0 start, but there are still a number of things that could use some improvement.
Cam Newton and the rest of the Carolina Panthers hoped that his ribs would be healed enough to allow him to play in the season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Fear set in when Derek Anderson needed to start under center, but it wasn’t nearly as bad as everyone thought it may be.
The New Orleans Saints played a much better game on defense as they faced off with the Seattle Seahawks this time, but there were plenty of other problems. It was a hard-fought effort and a really good season, but the road woes have got to stop.
The Indianapolis Colts were hoping to not end up having to come from behind in another huge deficit this week. Well, they didn’t have to until they got to the fourth quarter and the New England Patriots opened it up.
The Cincinnati Bengals haven’t won a playoff game in 23 years and now one more year can be added onto that streak. The San Diego Chargers were able to continue their rejuvenated season by dominating the Bengals and eliminating Cincinnati from the playoffs.
The New Orleans Saints had never won a road playoff game and were often marred by their road woes and the “cold curse.” Temperatures in Philadelphia were down in the twenties and Drew Brees was faltering, but the Saints left it in the hands, or on the foot, of their newest player in Shayne Graham.
If grades would have been handed out after the first half of the game, the Indianapolis Colts would have received straight F’s across the entire board. With the second largest comeback in NFL playoff history ousting the Kansas City Chiefs, it’s quite amazing what a difference just 30 minutes can make.
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.
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.