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Panthers trying to put loss behind them quickly

Cam Newton, Akiem Hicks AP

It’s been a while since the Panthers had lost a game.

Now they have to remember how to respond to one.

The Panthers fell flat in New Orleans last night, losing 31-13 to kill an eight-game winning streak.

“It stinks,” Panthers left tackle Jordan Gross said, via David Newton of ESPN.com. “It’s a good reminder [that] if you don’t play well, you get your butt kicked. . . .

“The sky isn’t falling. We just got used to winning eight weeks in a row. We wanted to win. We prepared well. We just didn’t play well.”

The Panthers adopted a defiant tone in the aftermath of a game that saw them offer little resistance to the Saints.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera insisted they were “a better football team than we showed,” and his quarterback echoed the point.

“I felt those guys were better than us today,” Cam Newton said of the Saints. “Are they better than us? No.”

Because of the Saints’ tiebreaker edge, the Panthers would still need somebody else to beat the Saints even if they won the rematch in Charlotte in two weeks. That leaves the Panthers keeping an eye on the rear view mirror of the Wild Card chase, a game ahead of the Cardinals — who happened to be the last team to beat them prior to last night.

They bounced back well from that loss in Arizona in October. How they respond to another thorough beating will determine how seriously they are to be taken come playoff time.

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  1. drunkencat1 says: Dec 9, 2013 8:17 AM

    The Panthers will be fine.

    Not the first team to get their ass handed to them in the Dome, won’t be the last.

    The Saints just outplayed the Panthers last night, but that does not mean the same thing will happen in two weeks in Carolina.

  2. spicymudbugs says: Dec 9, 2013 8:34 AM

    Panthers are good but not good enough to beat the Saints at home.

  3. wfederal says: Dec 9, 2013 8:36 AM

    Replace Byron Bell immediately… He’s garbage and looks like that fat black chick “Precious.” Shoot Captain Munnerlyn in the legs and send him packing. Mitchell…. don’t even get me started. And why throw Blackburn back in the starting lineup right away?! Klein was killing it in his absence! That was painful to watch. If we aren’t careful these last few games we could miss out on the playoffs…

  4. ilovefoolsball says: Dec 9, 2013 8:52 AM

    Foolish Cam Newton.
    There is a difference from being confident and sounding detached from reality.
    He really needs to learn some humility and how to be a professional. You would never hear Brees talking like that after a huge loss.

    Ice up son, you’ll need it.

  5. sb44champs says: Dec 9, 2013 8:53 AM

    No Superman poses from Newton last night..

  6. bucrightoff says: Dec 9, 2013 9:13 AM

    Carolina’s offense just isn’t very good. Get up 2 TDs on them and its game over.

  7. scomibord says: Dec 9, 2013 9:17 AM

    WE DID GET ONE FROM THE BEARD!

  8. cajuntigerman01 says: Dec 9, 2013 9:25 AM

    sb44champs says: Dec 9, 2013 8:53 AM

    No Superman poses from Newton last night..

    *******************************************

    There was one for Gilette(?).

    He did it after a sack. He opened his shirt like superman and them tore it off and stomped it into the ground. Priceless!!

  9. aintasinner says: Dec 9, 2013 9:26 AM

    During pre-game warm ups Cam was on the field pretending to fly around. Perhaps, instead of being the media hog that he is, he should have used that time to actually get his mind right for the game. Save the Superman antics for your home stadium or when you have actually won the game. The Saints aren’t better than your team? Yes, they are, and in so many ways.

  10. zam0854 says: Dec 9, 2013 9:34 AM

    I’ve always questioned this offense. I thought they needed more WR help for Cam, hoped they would have pushed for Josh Gordon at the deadline. This offense needs more weapons in order to get far in the playoffs

  11. doubleogator says: Dec 9, 2013 9:42 AM

    Cam, you are in denial, see ya in two weeks….

  12. thundastormz says: Dec 9, 2013 11:45 AM

    Panthers can’t sweep the Saints every year…revenge is coming in two weeks! Saints better beat the Rams on the road or we are coming for that #1 spot!

  13. jgedgar70 says: Dec 9, 2013 12:02 PM

    I’m not at all worried. The Saints have somethig going wrong between the ears that makes them a terrible team once they go outside New Orleans. The Panthers will be ready when they arrive here.

    And no, the Panthers do not need to watch the rear-view mirror for the Cardinals. Besides the Saints, the Panthers have 2 games against terrible teams on the schedule. Take care of their own business and Arizona can’t catch them.

  14. 3000ft2glory says: Dec 9, 2013 12:20 PM

    aintasinner says:
    Dec 9, 2013 9:26 AM
    During pre-game warm ups Cam was on the field pretending to fly around. Perhaps, instead of being the media hog that he is, he should have used that time to actually get his mind right for the game. Save the Superman antics for your home stadium or when you have actually won the game. The Saints aren’t better than your team? Yes, they are, and in so many ways.

    God forbid a 23 year old kid has fun on the football field. Also, did ya’ll forget about the railing you received in Seattle last week? Saints can’t win on the road so no, i would not say they’re better than the Panthers. We’ll see in a couple weeks.

  15. doubleogator says: Dec 9, 2013 12:31 PM

    jgedgar70 says ” The Saints have something going wrong between the ears that make them a terrible team once they go outside New Orleans”
    Their record on the road since 2006 is 35-26. Just maybe the reason you think they are bad on the road is because they are just so great at home…

  16. clownworldmovies says: Dec 9, 2013 12:39 PM

    jgedgar70 says:
    Dec 9, 2013 12:02 PM
    I’m not at all worried. The Saints have somethig going wrong between the ears that makes them a terrible team once they go outside New Orleans.

    Saints have the best road record in the league since 2009 and second best since 2006.

  17. thundastormz says: Dec 9, 2013 1:26 PM

    Whoever is going to play in the Superbowl will most likely have to go through Seattle to get there. Panthers have MUCH better chances there than the Aints. So Brees and crew go ahead and lay down and let the big boys go up to Seattle and save some face for the NFC South. The Panthers will punch them in the mouth for picking on our lil brother (the saints).

  18. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 9, 2013 1:32 PM

    Where is Mike Mitchell now? Panthers, ICE UP, my sons.

  19. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Dec 9, 2013 4:24 PM

    Knew the panthers were in trouble when they were settling for FGs early. That’s not going to get a win against the saints offense and Brees. The Panthers defense is good but not that good.

  20. salmen76 says: Dec 9, 2013 4:48 PM

    Camilla did do his stupid Superman move! On the panthers first possession Camiela rushed for a first down and got it in the redzone. He then stood up, faced the Saints crowd and did his stupid Superman move. They then proceeded to get a field goal and went on to lose 31 to 13. Camilla is more like a Super Knumbskull for doing that. Camilla Newton will NEVER be a champion. He’s a poser. A wanta be me me me person. Saints have a SB ring and they will get another one this year. The Panthers do NOT have a SB ring. And they never will. The Saints will see to it. ha ha. It’s alota fun being a Saints Fan! Ha Ha. ESPN is reporting the Saints just scored another touchdown on the Panthers. Ha ha! Geaux Saints!

  21. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 9, 2013 5:20 PM

    Settling for FGs wasn’t so much the issue, but when you have a team that screens as much as the Saints do, you really negate a pass rush. That’s why the Saints own the Giants in that dome (but not in East Rutherford), and why I never thought the Panthers had a chance down there. It will be closer in Charlotte, but the formula will be the same. You negate their pass rush and you expose that shaky secondary. Panthers have gone through great lengths to pattern their defense after the Giants’. It’s why Gettleman was brought in and filled the back end with guys off the street and castoffs from elsewhere; something he and Jerry did with the Giants. It works when you have a team that doesn’t screen you to death, but short passes and screens really expose your secondary. Newton is not going to New Orleans OR Seattle and winning, so they still need to find a second WR. Took them a decade to find one for Muhammad, only to have Muhammad leave. They’ve had the complement for a decade now, and still haven’t found one to go opposite the complement-turned #1 WR, who has now lost a step. Why is it so difficult for them to put two stud WRs together? You can’t have $60 Million tied up in your backfield when you lack the weapons to come back in a game whenever you are behind multiple scores on the road. It’s why I don’t take them seriously in a playoff game against a good defense.

  22. aintasinner says: Dec 9, 2013 9:14 PM

    300fttoglory says:
    God forbid a 23 year old kid has fun on the football field. Also, did ya’ll forget about the railing you received in Seattle last week? Saints can’t win on the road so no, i would not say they’re better than the Panthers. We’ll see in a couple weeks.

    Perhaps I misspoke. I should have said the Saints are better than the Panthers on so many LEVELS. Maturity being one of those levels. The Saints, as well as many other teams, have 23 year old players who don’t go out before a game and imitate some type of flying fairytale character like Peter Pan or maybe Dumbo in the name of having fun. Have fun after the game. After you win. Or save the entertainment for a more appreciative audience like, for instance, your home stadium. If Cam had less fun before the game and instead prepared better, think of all the fun he could have had after the game and a win. Instead, it was the Saints having all the fun. Oh, and by the way, the Panthers lost to the Saints on the road. Don’t forget about the railing you guys got yesterday. On the road. We WILL see in two weeks. Who Dat?!!

  23. thundastormz says: Dec 10, 2013 6:58 AM

    His showboating has nothing to with it. As much as I hate it (yes I’m a panthers fan). Our defense couldn’t stop anything in the 2nd/3rd quarter. Also Ginn had a touchdown return taken away by a Busch league facemask that nearly ripped his head off.

  24. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 10, 2013 1:06 PM

    If you continue trying to rush Brees out of control in Carolina, you will lose also.

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