This weekend 8 teams meet, hoping to keep their Superbowl dreams alive. Four teams will go home and start preparing for next season, while the other 4 celebrate another week of playoff life. The Panthers are already practicing for next weekend’s battle, having clinched a first round bye on a 12-4 NFC South Division championship season. The playoff wait of Panthers fans and players is finally over.
I’m so pumped to finally see another Panthers playoff game. Panthers.com released a video that should get you plenty fired up for your Panthers. The video is long, a little little over 20 minutes, but it contains highlights from the Panthers’ season and plenty of the big moments that put them in position for a Superbowl run. The practice atmosphere around Charlotte is focused. Four Panthers were given All-Pro honors. Luke Kuechly, Mike Tolbert, and Ryan Kalil made the first team. Kraken made second team All-Pro with 15 sacks on the season (3rd in the NFL). Each All-Pro Panther quickly dismissed the awards, showing their dedication to the playoffs and the team. That’s a great attitude to have for a playoff team and credit is due to Riverboat Ron Rivera for instilling that team-first attitude.
The return of Steve Smith and possibly Jonathan Stewart provides a boost to an offense that struggled in its final two games. The defense is hot at the right time. This unit is one of the best, if not the best in the NFL. Led by Luke Kuechly, the Panther defense is stacked with superstar playmakers, creating one of the most formidable defenses in the league. This team is built to win and playing at home is a boost. I’m expecting the game to be one of the loudest ever in Bank of America Stadium.
Oh yeah and in case you still aren’t buzzing for a playoff game coming back to Charlotte, here’s another video for you. It just feels like one of those seasons Panther fans. Keep Pounding!