All good football teams need a little bit of luck, and the Panthers got theirs on Sunday.
After the half, just as the Saints lined up to take the ball, the football gods opened up a downpour, putting a crimp in the New Orleans Saints' passing game that slowed them down just enough.
I've coached against Drew Brees, both in the dome and out of the dome, and anytime you can get him out in the elements, it takes little bit of the edge off the precision passing game that he plays.
With that opening, Cam Newton used a signature two-minute drill to put the Panthers over the top. Now things could get really, really exciting for Carolina. They are headed to the NFL playoffs for the first time since 2008.
Monday's a big day in Greenville. The East Carolina Pirates have a chance to win their 10th game of the season against Ohio University in the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl.
The Pirates are a double-digit favorite in this game, and if they take care of the football, they should come away with a victory.
With wins over Carolina and NC State already, it's already been a great year for Pirates fans. A 10th win would be big, big stuff.