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Mandy Mitchell

Panthers playing down Super Bowl expectations

Posted December 30, 2013

— It was interesting to get a chance to be in the Panthers locker room following the win over the Falcons. It was definitely a celebration. Guys were dancing, music was playing and the players truly embraced the chance to wear the "NFC South Champion" hats.

I'll compare this to another big win. I was at the game when the Panthers beat the Patriots on Monday Night Football in dramatic fashion. All of us media types rushed to start asking how big a win it was. The players were not that overwhelmed. They kept saying it was just like any other win. Sunday was different. The players were excited and ready to take a little credit for what they've been able to do this season. No one but the guys in that room seemed to believe they could get to this point.

Offensive lineman Jordan Gross is a guy who has been around this team for a long time. He's been there for the really down times and now he's watched the turnaround. He used the word "special" when describing this year's team. It's really easy to see why when you watch them play. There is a certain confidence on that field; A belief that they will find a way to win the game somehow.

We've all seen this in sports. There are just certain teams that seem to have a swagger. Those teams usually win some championships.

Defensive back Captain Munnnerlyn wasn't shy about what he thinks will happen in the next few weeks. "We're going to the Super Bowl," he said.

Not a far off goal any longer.

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  • Big Mike Jan 4, 11:46 a.m.

    Panthers should be hoping the Eagles win against the Saints. I think playing the Saints three times in one year makes it easy for the opponent to know your play habits and game sets..I'd rather play a team that I can possibly get an advantage on..

  • trolllordv00 Jan 2, 3:36 p.m.

    They really needed that bye week, and ATL was playing their hearts out for Tony G that last game. Let us not forget the game before they nearly beat San Fran, they have some issues, but they are still a good team. Was nice to see them pull out a win without some key players in the lineup. Bye week should give enough time for Smith and Stewart to get healthy. I believe there is an offensive lineman healing up as well. Here is to hoping the Panthers get to their second superbowl, and first superbowl win!!

  • vt94hokies Dec 31, 1:29 p.m.

    Just stay focused!!!

  • Gunnstigator Dec 31, 5:46 a.m.

    So happy for this team, especially the players like Jordan Gross, Thomas Davis, Smitty, and others who have been around for the lean years. One of the things that makes this team special is that they never stopped believing.

  • RRtarheel Dec 30, 9:26 p.m.

    I am a fan and want a Superbowl win, but lets look to the next game to be played and not look pass that.

  • neal7694 Dec 30, 7:06 p.m.

    Keep pounding CATS!!!!!

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