The only thing certain when watching a Carolina Panthers game is you’ll need heart attack medication to survive this entire NFL season. This week was no different as the Panthers had a 37-14 lead in the fourth quarter against the Aaron Rodger led Packers! It was too easy to think we were going to just cruise to the victory that’s just not in our DNA we needed a fourth down goal line stand with 1:54 to hold on for the 37-29 victory to continue this magical season and improve to 8-0 on the season. Here are some key takeaways from this signature victory.
Newton shines again
The Carolina Panthers put their faith in Cam Newton this off-season signing him to a five-year hundred million dollar contract; he has proven it was the right decision leading this team in every aspect of his game. Yesterday was no different he was 15-30 for 297 yards and four total touchdowns he did have a critical interception, giving the Packers the opportunity to tie us at the end of the game, but he didn’t sulk in the moment and just cheered on his teammates showing that he continues to mature even after mistakes.
He also was able to open up the offense with some down the field passes some absolute dimes that could have been thrown any better his game just keeps maturing every single game, adding new weapons to his arsenal, making his case for NFL MVP even stronger. Newton gets criticized a lot for his style of play and sometimes his attitude when things are not going well, but this season he is silencing those critics and showing he is an amazing football player and a great leader’s and 8-0 speaks for itself!
Funchess comes up huge
The Carolina Panthers drafted Devin Funchess in the second round of this year’s draft; he has gone through some growing pains in his rookie year and we had to show some patience, but it’s paid off as Sunday he had his best NFL game to date. He had three catches for 71 yards and his first career touchdown that was the eventual game-winner it was awesome to see his hard work finally pay off and creating confidence for Newton to be able to rely on the youngster to make the big plays when needed no matter the situation. That’s another thing I love about this team yes, we lost our number one target to a season-ending injury, but our team continues to grow and mature and get better at each of those positions and Funchess took a huge step forward today and I’m excited to see how he continues to develop!
The Defense does it again
The defense may have given up 29 points, but they harassed Aaron Rodgers all day getting six sacks and forcing two key turnovers. The defense has been the backbone of this team creating short fields, allowing our offense to get into rhythm and have the attitude of bend but don’t break making the critical play when needed! It’s not just one guy it’s a collective effort and Sunday it was the ageless wonder Thomas Davis, who came up with the game saving pick. As I said the defense harassed Rogers all day getting in his face and that is what allowed Davis to get that interception just an overall team effort on both sides of the ball it was awesome to see us pull out this victory and if that doesn’t show people that we are for real I don’t know what will.
Overall, it was just another day at the office for the Carolina Panthers pulling out the victory anyway possible. We don’t ever make it easy for the fans, but we continue to win and never give up no matter how the game ends up playing out and all that matters is the scoreboard and right now it says 8-0. GO PANTHERS! Have your heart medication ready because we are going to need it for this stretch run!