Panthers’ Coach Helps Family, Gano Wants Redemption


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Panthers coach and family replaced gifts for break-in victims

Darin Gantt –

"It’s always nice to see people that we only identify with as being in the football world, step outside of that realm.  One of the Panthers’ position coaches helped a family in need over the holidays.A local family had their home broken into earlier in the week, and their Christmas gifts were stolen in the process.  Thanks to the generosity of Coach Washington and his family, they were able to make someone else Christmas bright, during such a traumatic time."

Gano eager for another chance vs. Falcons

AP Writers – USAToday Sports

"Last time the Panthers played the Falcons, kicker Graham Gano missed two field goals in the closing two minutes in Charlotte.The loss was hardly on Gano’s shoulders, but he does want the opportunity to redeem himself, and actually hopes that the game comes down to him kicking a game-winning field goal.  Honestly, Gano has not been as reliable as 2013 and I do not hope he is lining up in the waning seconds to win it for us.  Carolina needs to get out ahead of Atlanta, and not look back.  There is way too much at stake to rest the season on Gano’s foot."

Cam Newton among NFL’s best in December since 2011

David Newton –

"When it comes to wins and ranking the quarterbacks in December, Cam Newton is near the top of the list.  His win total is only two short of Tom Brady, and Newton has a very solid 70.1 QBR.He actually looks better than his opponent this week, Matt Ryan over the past three years.  I have a feeling it will come down to which quarterback plays better on Sunday.  Defenses and running games aside, the decision-making and execution of the QBs, is what will win this game."

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton: Location doesn’t make game bigger

Jonathan Jones – The Charlotte Observer

"Cam can say that the location of this game doesn’t matter, but I’m not believing it.Anytime an athlete heads to his hometown to play, there’s more at stake.  It’s not to say that Newton won’t be focused and put the team first on Sunday, but he shines in the ATL.  With as much that’s on the line, this is literally Cam Newton’s kind of show.  Winner-take-all, in the Georgia Dome, last game of the season, and his team coming together at the right time."

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