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.
For Ron Rivera, wishful thinking out loud had become prophecy. Faith in a 1-3 football team had been rewarded.
No one thought the Carolina Panthers were a serious Super Bowl contender when they started the 2013 season losing three of their first four games, but thanks to a five-game winning streak, they are now one of the hottest teams in the league.
All of a sudden the Patriots’ Monday night game against the Carolina Panthers doesn’t look so easy.