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Cam Newton on Panthers loss: “We got our ass kicked today”

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 27: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers reacts to a play during the first half against the Carolina Panthers at the Georgia Dome on December 27, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) Getty Images

No team has had more fun this season than the Panthers.

But after a 20-13 loss to the Falcons that spoiled their dreams of an undefeated season, it was their turn to hurt.

It didn’t tickle,” Panthers quarterback Cam Newton told reporters afterward, reflecting on the only blemish on their 14-1 record.

We got our ass kicked today,” he continued. “Offense, defense, special teams. And I’m talking with the mirror in front of my face.”

The Panthers can still clinch home field advantage through the NFC playoffs with a win at home against the Buccaneers next week, and they still have the league’s best record.

But there were clearly distinct problems that became evident as the day progressed.

Newton’s 4.7 yards per pass attempt was a season low, as he managed just 142 yards through the air. He ran for 46 yards, but fumbled once, and was sacked twice and pressured consistently by the Falcons.

But they clearly missed running back Jonathan Stewart, and didn’t have the same kind of vertical threat in their passing game after Ted Ginn came up limping with a knee injury.

Ginn was able to return to the game, and Stewart is expected back before the playoffs. But the Panthers have real issues to address before the postseason starts, and plenty of work to do when they get back to Charlotte.

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25 Responses to “Cam Newton on Panthers loss: “We got our ass kicked today””
  1. Mo' Pro Babble says: Dec 27, 2015 6:37 PM

    well Cam, it happens.

  2. jmull23 says: Dec 27, 2015 6:38 PM

    I don’t believe in losses being good for teams but I do believe this will increase their focus and take the perfect season pressure off of them. I feel sorry for the Buccaneers next week.

  3. charger383 says: Dec 27, 2015 6:44 PM

    and I had fun watching it

  4. dejc421 says: Dec 27, 2015 6:46 PM

    No big deal, lose 1, lose 2, doesn’t matter … winning the last game is all that counts. The only people who care are Don Shula and Mercury Morris.

  5. motsuret06 says: Dec 27, 2015 6:47 PM

    He was correct is saying they got their ass kicked in all three phases of the game and that was a true statement They are getting absolutely nothing from their defensive line except for Short. Charles Johnson has disappeared since returning from injury and Jared Allen is washed up. The secondary was torched again for a long TD pass and it is not going to get any easier for the Panthers. They may be one and done in the playoffs. They just do not have the talent to go deep in the playoffs even if Newton has had an MVP season. They need more talent at the skill positions.

  6. johnnycantread says: Dec 27, 2015 6:53 PM

    I guess he doesn’t feel like dancing today.

  7. abfox112 says: Dec 27, 2015 6:53 PM

    It’s all good Cam. We needed this loss to remind us what it feels like, especially if we want to push for a Super Bowl.

    2 points to take from this game:

    A) No one person is greater than any team. You have to work together to achieve success.

    B) Any given Sunday. Play every game like it’s your last, because it might be.

    Everybody wants to mock Cam because he’s very talented. Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery.

    Keep dabbing morons. You’re just hyping the kid up!!!

    Keep Pounding

  8. ballreaper says: Dec 27, 2015 6:54 PM

    In life things can be a blessing in disguise, If i was Ron Rivera Cam would be in street clothes next week along with alot of the starting unit.
    Maybe this save them next week from a season ending injury which you know is begging to happen on every play.

  9. pastanow says: Dec 27, 2015 7:02 PM

    Get used to it Cam. You got more and worse coming in the playoffs. Go play Superman in the mirror now and hide under your towel.

  10. chinahand11 says: Dec 27, 2015 7:04 PM

    I really don’t care for Cam but at least he was man enough to admit they got their butts kicked instead of making excuses. Good on ya lad.

  11. princessmorbucks says: Dec 27, 2015 7:05 PM

    It’s true. The Panthers got their asses kicked but it’s good for them. One loss won’t kill you, it’ll keep you humble and make you appreciate all the W’s you’ve accumulated.

  12. junkmtb says: Dec 27, 2015 7:12 PM

    Yep you did now DAB on that one……………besides better to lose one now than the playoffs! #keeppounding!!!

  13. qbarrel says: Dec 27, 2015 7:13 PM

    dejc421 says:
    Dec 27, 2015 6:46 PM
    No big deal, lose 1, lose 2, doesn’t matter … winning the last game is all that counts. The only people who care are Don Shula and Mercury Morris.

    ————————————

    And being a guy who lost more Superbowls than he won, you can bet he’d trade that perfect season in a heartbeat for a few more rings. If he denies it then he’s lying.

  14. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 27, 2015 7:18 PM

    jmull23 says:
    Dec 27, 2015 6:38 PM
    I don’t believe in losses being good for teams but I do believe this will increase their focus and take the perfect season pressure off of them. I feel sorry for the Buccaneers next week.
    ———–

    You won’t when it’s over.

  15. bubbahotepp says: Dec 27, 2015 7:18 PM

    Now we have to listen to Mercury Morris mouth off again.

  16. jdphx says: Dec 27, 2015 7:30 PM

    Remember the 15-1 Vikings?

    Yeah…. they didn’t win anything either.

  17. VenerableAxiom says: Dec 27, 2015 8:02 PM

    Don’t worry about Cam. The “85 bears, the ’07 pats, also failed to reach perfection. Just win the rest, because no one is perfect (except one lone team way back in ’72).

  18. laserw says: Dec 27, 2015 8:02 PM

    I have to tell you that everything I think and feel about Cam Cheating was proved right about him today.

    He is lazy. For at least 60% of the game he was lethargic, immobile, stupid, clueless, and he showed no leadership. That last several drives were embarrassingly awful – he played like the Great Gimmick in Washington.

    The Falcons observed how to play the lazy, fat, and worthless Cam Cheating – rush him every time you can and hit him – the lardass doesn’t like to be hit and he whines.

    This team is going to be in for a surprise in the playoffs. We saw that the secondary of the Paper Tigers is horrific – they rush to mask the deadbeats they have back there. And Cam Cheating is nothing without Ginn. The Paper Tigers have so few offensive weapons that they are barely better than the Tampa Bay Bucs.

  19. VenerableAxiom says: Dec 27, 2015 8:06 PM

    bubbahotepp says:
    Dec 27, 2015 7:18 PM

    Now we have to listen to Mercury Morris mouth off again.
    ——–
    Yes, yes you will… POP!

  20. VenerableAxiom says: Dec 27, 2015 8:16 PM

    qbarrel says:
    Dec 27, 2015 7:13 PM

    dejc421 says:
    Dec 27, 2015 6:46 PM
    No big deal, lose 1, lose 2, doesn’t matter … winning the last game is all that counts. The only people who care are Don Shula and Mercury Morris.

    ————————————

    And being a guy who lost more Superbowls than he won, you can bet he’d trade that perfect season in a heartbeat for a few more rings. If he denies it then he’s lying.
    ——–
    Really? Coaching the only undefeated team going on 43 years now (including winning the super bowl). The only thing everyone is aware of and thinking about today regarding the NFL. I rather doubt he would trade that away. But hey, if it makes you feel better, believe what you want.

  21. thisguy124 says: Dec 27, 2015 8:18 PM

    I have to tell you that everything I think and feel about Cam Cheating was proved right about him today.

    He is lazy. For at least 60% of the game he was lethargic, immobile, stupid, clueless, and he showed no leadership. That last several drives were embarrassingly awful – he played like the Great Gimmick in Washington.

    The Falcons observed how to play the lazy, fat, and worthless Cam Cheating – rush him every time you can and hit him – the lardass doesn’t like to be hit and he whines.

    This team is going to be in for a surprise in the playoffs. We saw that the secondary of the Paper Tigers is horrific – they rush to mask the deadbeats they have back there. And Cam Cheating is nothing without Ginn. The Paper Tigers have so few offensive weapons that they are barely better than the Tampa Bay Bucs.
    ———————————————–
    Are you done? Panthers lose 1 game in over a year and that is what you come up with? lol

  22. fin1fan says: Dec 27, 2015 10:10 PM

    POP….tastes sweeter EVERY year…..good luck Panthers…..carry on

  23. suzanne1957 says: Dec 28, 2015 1:00 AM

    Certainly disappointing, but perhaps there is a silver lining to it. Panthers want to find their focus, find their mo-jo, and prepare for the playoffs. They had an off day today, following an odd week of practice, due to the holiday schedule (Note: Patriots, Steelers, and Seahawks lost too; this was the week that teams with a last gasp opportunity for the playoffs poured it on as if there was no tomorrow.) And, it is extremely difficult to beat a team twice in the season, particularly when the game is played two weeks apart. Most likely Atlanta started game planning for this game on the Monday following the game they played against Carolina two weeks ago.

    Carolina can learn from the loss today, that the team that wants it the most, can come up victorious. It’s not necessarily about talent and ability, or there is no question that Carolina would have won. Atlanta simply wanted it more.

  24. jason9696 says: Dec 28, 2015 10:01 AM

    The Panthers were due for a loss they easily could’ve lost to the Seahawks, Saints and Giants earlier in the season. They had an amazing run.

  25. microbrewuga says: Dec 28, 2015 10:31 AM

    I was 15 years old back in 72 and remember how great I THOUGHT the Dolphins were……is it true they did not play a single team with a winning record that year? Regardless, I still like that team AND their record.

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