Panthers One Game from Playoffs, Defense is Back


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Panthers Keep on Running in 17-13 Win Over Browns

AP Writers – New York Times

"Jonathan Stewart had another 100-yard game for the Carolina Panthers, as they held on to a victory over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.  J. Stew has amassed over 400-yards over the past four games, and the Panthers are 3-1 during this stretch.It’s amazing what a positive running game can do for a team.  Stewart’s performance since returning from injuries has help propelled this team’s late-season run as much as any player on the team."

Defense doesn’t waver

Bryan Strickland –

"Carolina’s defense stood tall and sealed a huge victory on Sunday.  They continued to pressure the Browns and lock down their weapons for the full 60 minutes.A unit that had been so inconsistent throughout the season, is picking the right time of year to step-up.  The Panthers’ defense has given up 46-points over the past three games combined.  One more week of stifling defense, and this Carolina team will be playoff-bound."

Challenge flags fall Ron Rivera’s way in Panthers’ victory

Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Jonathan Jones – The Charlotte Observer via The News & Observer

I would have to say that Ron Rivera was focused all day yesterday.  He won challenges, which is a department that he usually flops in.

Two game-changing reversals helped boost the Panthers’ odds yesterday and not burn timeouts.  The Brenton Bersin catch was a thing of beauty as well and it was good to see such an important grab remain for the young receiver.

Cam Newton’s Injury Doesn’t Limit Panthers With NFC South Up for Grabs

Brent Sobleski – Bleacher Report

"Cam Newton, despite being less than two weeks removed from an accident, looked solid against the Browns.Him being on the field as the leader and voice of the offense is a good reason why the Panthers are in position to win the NFC South next week.  Not to mention, he gets to shake the cobwebs off against Cleveland, and be even more fresh for the game in Atlanta."