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Team Grades: Cam Newton’s Return Sparks Panthers Rout Of Lions

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.

09/15/2014

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Panthers Play Well Without Cam Newton In Win Over Bucs

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.

09/08/2014

SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 11: Running back Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates after he scores a 31-yard touchdown run against the New Orleans Saints in the fourth quarter during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at CenturyLink Field on January 11, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Saints Can’t Stop Marshawn Lynch Yet Again In Sloppy Loss To Seahawks

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.

01/12/2014

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 11: Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts reacts after a play against the New England Patriots during the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 11, 2014 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Andrew Luck’s Errors Hurt Again As Pats Run All Over Colts

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.

01/12/2014

CINCINNATI, OH - JANUARY 05: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals fumbles the football away in the second half of the AFC Wild Card playoff game against the San Diego Chargers at Paul Brown Stadium on January 5, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Chargers defeated the Bengals 27-10. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)

Bengals Season Ends With First Home Loss Courtesy Of Underdog Chargers

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.

01/06/2014

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 04: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints throws a pass against the Philadelphia Eagles during their NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 4, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Saints Survive With Last-Second Field Goal In Philadelphia

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.

01/05/2014

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JANUARY 04: Quarterback Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts celebrates a fourth quarter touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs during a Wild Card Playoff game at Lucas Oil Stadium on January 4, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Colts Advance Over Chiefs With Second Largest Comeback In Playoff History

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.

01/05/2014

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 29: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on December 29, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Panthers Earn First Round Bye In Nail-Biter Against Falcons

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.

12/30/2013

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 22: Greg Hardy #76 of the Carolina Panthers goes after Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints during their game at Bank against the Carolina Panthers of America Stadium on December 22, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Panthers Defense Shines In Comeback Victory Over Saints

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.

12/23/2013

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 15: Mike Tolbert #35 of the Carolina Panthers rolls into the end zone for a touchdown against the New York Jets during play at Bank of America Stadium on December 15, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Panthers won 30-20. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Carolina Rebounds Big Loss With Win Over Jets

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.

12/16/2013

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