My team the Carolina Panthers were knocked out by the Defending Champion Seattle Seahawks it was close at halftime at 14-10, but unfortunately we were beaten by big splash plays and turnovers and you can’t expect to beat anyone with 3 turnovers and our secondary was burned for long pass plays and couldn’t get off the field on 3rd down that is not a recipe for success against anyone.
This season was a roller coaster ride from the beginning starting with getting rid of the top 5 wide receivers from last year, including long time Panther all pro Steve Smith which was a big blow for many seeing him in another uniform I have to admit it was weird! Then Cam had off-season ankle surgery and limited opportunity to create chemistry with new wide outs then a rib injury in the 3rd preseason game that was just start of the wild year.
Starting the season 2-0 after coming off a 12-4 season we as a fan we were on cloud 9, then the wheels fell off the wagon and the hair pulling began for me as we lost 6 in a row and a tie that ended up being a blessing, but it was hard to watch and I will admit I had little faith in the season at 3-8-1 and the number pick looked like the best part of our season, then we flipped a switch!!
Our defense began flying around like last year, creating turnovers and wreaking havoc for every opponent we faced. On the offensive side of the ball we were able to get our running game going with Jonathan Stewart, which freed up the passing plays for us as well! During that good stretch there was more drama as Cam was in a car wreck that broke two bones in his back, another curveball that was a scary reality that just because you are a football player life situations sill happen it doesn’t matter who you are! Derek Anderson came in and did what he had to do to grab his second victory against the Bucs the best backup QB in the NFL in my opinion. We had to win and get some things to fall in our favor the division was on a down year, but we still had to play and win the games.
We did the unthinkable came all the from a 3-8-1 record and won the South in back to back years for the first time in the divisions’ history that is a great feat no matter what you say! Then we got a chance to avenge the ugly loss to Arizona we did that in record fashion by holding them to a record low 78 total yards, which is ridicules even with a 3rd string quarterback and getting our first postseason in 5 years!! It didn’t end they wanted we ran in to maybe the hottest team in football in the final weeks of the year!!
It was a hell of a year fun to watch and we gained great experience with a young core I am very excited about our future!! We also never gave up with all the adversity we faced this year WE KEPT POUNDING!! GO Panthers we will be back trust me!!