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December 01, 2008

NFC South deja vu?

If the situation the Carolina Panthers find themselves in today sounds familiar, it's probably because it is.

The Panthers, after a 35-31 victory Sunday at Green Bay, are 9-3 and tied for first place in the NFC South with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

That's also tied for the best record in team history to this point. The last time the Panthers were 9-3 was 2005, after a 24-6 victory against the Atlanta Falcons. Their next game? Like it is this year, a home matchup with the Buccaneers.

Tampa Bay won that one 20-10 and went on to win the NFC South. The Panthers finished second with an 11-5 record, but advanced to the NFC Championship Game as a wild card, losing to the Seattle Seahawks.

-- David Scott

Posted by Observer Sports on December 1, 2008 at 09:59 AM | Permalink

Comments

Do you think that the playoff system needs to be changed? Normally, I would say that it is fine, but if the postseason started today the Panthers would be a wild card. I'm fine with that, but at 9-3 they would have a better record than the 7-5 Cardinals and in addition to that the Panthers beat the Cardinals. Therefore, my question is: Should the current system be altered to allow a wild card team a home game?

The Panthers deserve to play at home if they were a wild card against the Cardinals.

Posted by: Yeah? | Dec 1, 2008 10:16:13 AM

Losing to Tampa Bay on Monday night is not an option.

Posted by: Wes | Dec 1, 2008 10:19:25 AM

Do you think that the playoff system needs to be changed? Normally, I would say that it is fine, but if the postseason started today the Panthers would be a wild card. I'm fine with that, but at 9-3 they would have a better record than the 7-5 Cardinals and in addition to that the Panthers beat the Cardinals. Therefore, my question is: Should the current system be altered to allow a wild card team a home game?

The Panthers deserve to play at home if they were a wild card against the Cardinals.

Posted by: Yeah? | Dec 1, 2008 10:20:11 AM

I don't want to look a gift horse in the mouth, but I am curious: Did leg cramps cause Stewart to slow down on his run, or was he just a little too sure of the end zone? On replays, I didn't see any hobbling at the end of the play...it was almost as if the hit from behind came about because he had already slowed his pace. Not taking anything away from Stewart's run, and thank the Good Lord for Wharton's save, but as I said, I was just curious.

Posted by: Panther Girl | Dec 1, 2008 12:11:13 PM

If the playoffs were today, the NFC South puts 3 teams in. How is this not the best division in football?

Posted by: Fan | Dec 1, 2008 12:17:42 PM

Panther Girl - A lot of us had the same question. I heard that he cramped up on that run.

Posted by: Raptor | Dec 1, 2008 3:17:39 PM

Panther Girl look at the play again... he went from being a quick 22 year old to a middle aged man running with a football.

you can clearly see im at the end fall on his knees in the end zone in pain...
or maybe you cant... but on my 73 inch 1080p HDTV i clearly saw it...

most athlets dont show pain when a cramp arises... they "walk it off" to finish the play before attending to an injury...

he cramped up... he is a well minded RB that would not have pull a DeSean Jackson-like play earlier this year ...

Posted by: Michael Procton | Dec 1, 2008 3:50:49 PM

Procton,

You have got to be the biggest tool on here......

Posted by: Not so Fast | Dec 1, 2008 5:31:01 PM

It looks like we will be meeting the Bucs in the playoffs. Should Fox throw everything they have at them (playcalling) or hold a bit back so they can use it at a potential future date?

Also, Charles & David, great videos (predictions and recaps). I'm not sure how much feedback you get, but I look forward to them myself.

Posted by: Keeping It Real | Dec 1, 2008 7:39:47 PM

procton is angry cause all his predictions were wrong . otah and stewart are both beasts who were great draft picks.peppers is tearing up the league and the panthers are winning despite his boy jakes erratic play.

Posted by: ray | Dec 1, 2008 7:55:23 PM

Well, "his boy Jake" pulled this one out for him, didn't he?!!!

Posted by: ACAJUNPANTHERFAN | Dec 1, 2008 10:16:53 PM

Jake Delhomme has to step up and play consistently during these last four games of the season. This Monday Night Football game determines who will lead the division in the NFC South. GO PANTHERS!!!

Posted by: Charles Bloomfield | Dec 2, 2008 4:16:33 PM

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