The Carolina Panthers were on their way to a shutout win against the Seattle Seahawks to advance to the NFC championship game. The Panthers were in control during the first half as they were up 31-0 at halftime. The Panthers got relaxed as they finish the game with a total of 75 yards of offense, as Seattle came back with 24 straight unanswered points, but it wasn’t enough as linebacker Thomas Davis recovered an onside kick to secure the 31-24 win.
After the game Cam Newton addressed how his team should had stayed loose and focused to finish the game stronger than they did. “There were a lot of guys playing with their butts tight,” Newton said. “Coaches with their butts tight. At one point fans and myself were butt tight too, but you just have to find ways to get your groove back going and we need a little bit more of that next Sunday.”
Coach Ron Rivera also felt the team got a little too safe in the last 30 minutes of the game. “The biggest disappointment I really didn’t want to play the game the way we did in the second half,” Rivera said. “I wanted to be more aggressive and try to attack but for whatever reason we got into protect mode and I’m a little disappointed in that.
If the Panthers look to win the Super Bowl they have to fix those breakdown mistakes as they get ready to face off against the Arizona Cardinals next Sunday.