Cam Newton made it a memorable season yet in what seemed to be a constant in-doubt campaign for the football team in Charlotte. A team that did not even win eight games has a chance at redemption in the second season, as the Panthers defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-3 in Atlanta in a game that was never really close and will be hosting a Wildcard Playoff Game at home on Saturday at 4:35 PM ET.
Newton had the dominant look early, but the Panthers returned two touchdowns for scores and he finished the day just very regularly 10 of 16 for 114 yards and a touchdown. He didn’t turn the ball over and he ran for 51 yards and a score.
The Panthers will host the Arizona Cardinals in a game that is about as good as they could have hoped for; with Arizona missing Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton and down to Ryan Lindley as a starter. The Cardinals have a fierce defense and a coach that gets everything out of them. The Panthers open as a four-point favorite, which I expect to climb by a point or so. I don’t think this is an easy game to handicap outright.
I’m excited the game will open up Wildcard weekend and I can’t wait to see the Panthers playing in Charlotte in their black uniforms in one of the best environments in football. The bottom line is that with all the teams in disarray from year to year in the NFL, the Panthers are in the playoffs for the second year in a row. It says something about their organization – that they’re not perfect but on the right track – and that their quarterback is a winner who is destined for some degree of greatness in this league.
I can’t wait for Saturday. Cam Newton has made it a good couple of weeks here at my home in a year that has been harder to enjoy than ever before as far as football goes.
It’s Week 17, the final NFL Sunday of the regular season.
The NFC South Championship takes place at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta at 4:30. The NFC North Championship will be decided at Lambeau. The night closes with Cincinnati in Pittsburgh. It’s going to be another great week 17.
The NFC South game was set up by the gutty 17-13 Panthers win against the Browns last week.
Now today – the NFL gives us two games on Saturday. I hope things go well as far as ratings and everything. This should be an NFL staple tradition. I always remember watching the New York Giants the Saturday or two before Christmas.
It’s really tough to get these up any more with any regularity or great content because I have a newborn and I now spend that hour before kickoff changing diapers and trying to get my daughter to stop screaming.
Other big games today are the Dolphins going to New England, Seattle hosting San Francisco, and the night closes with Dallas visiting Philadelphia with Mark Sanchez having a chance to keep Nick Foles on the bench for good.
Alright so this is up a bit late today with Monday Night Football already being at half time, but I’m a father so cut me a break.
It was twenty years ago almost to the day, November 27th following up Thanksgiving weekend when I was 12; my mom was putting up Christmas decorations. The Jets jumped out to leads of 10-0 and 24-6 over the Dan Marino magical Dolphins but couldn’t seem to put them away.
I wanted Boomer Esiason and the Jets to pull away with it that day, but it wasn’t meant to be.
The Jets jumped out to a 10-0 lead tonight, and lead at the half 10-3. We will see how the second half turns out, but I think the Dolphins find a way to win it with a field goal or by four and not cover.