Rivera agrees that a loss was good for the Panthers

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On Tuesday’s Pro Football Talk on NBCSN, former Patriots safety Rodney Harrison explained that it was good for the Panthers to have lost to the Falcons, given the intense pressure of carrying a perfect record into the postseason. On Wednesday’s PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio, Panthers coach Ron Rivera agreed.

“You know, in hindsight definitely,” Rivera said. “Because I’ve been listening to some of the things people have said. Most notably what Tedy Brusci had talked about, what those guys went through trying to be undefeated, trying to go 19-0 and just how hard it was. How after every game it felt like a playoff game, and I started thinking about those things.

“I’ll be honest with you, the best I’ve slept in probably the last four weeks was Sunday night after the Atlanta game. In all honesty, I slept the night, didn’t get up in the middle of the night thinking about things. I slept 12 hours. I mean I got home I went right to bed, next thing I know it’s 7:30 in the morning It’s just one of those things and so I think in hindsight, yeah. . . . Today we had a really spirited practice but the guys, that energy I think that’s been missing the last few weeks is there. I do, I’d have to say I think it is, Mike.”

The pressure already was intense, and it would have gotten even worse with each additional victory. Now, they can quit worrying about 16-0 and focus on the thing that really matters: Winning the first Super Bowl in franchise history.

50 responses to “Rivera agrees that a loss was good for the Panthers

  1. I love how candid Ron Rivera has proven to be. He sets a great tone for that team. Just a great all around leader. Note to my Titans: THIS is what one looks like!!

  2. Sure. Sure. Everyone seeing the blueprint now how to slow Carolina down, is a real good thing for the team trending into the playoffs.

    The fact is, the better teams who now play Carolina will also have a good shot to beat them, because they’re little undefeated run was not that impressive.

    The quality of the product in the NFL right now is horrendous.

    The worst since 1990. So many teams took so long to get even a handful of wins this year. Terrible.

    Goodell has parity alright….A REALLY bad parity.

    Keep making extra rules though, Roger. Keep confusing the refs and keep looking for sneaky ways to try to weaken the Pats.

    The jig is up, Roger. By the way, have you called Peyton Manning yet to ask what his wife was using repeat shipments of HGH for after giving birth to their child in 2011, conveniently while Peyton was rehabbing and being shunned by Indy?

    You know who went that route?

    Roger Clemens.

    Good day.

  3. God forbid a team aspire to greatness. “We don’t want to go 16-0, it’s too much pressure.” What kind of ambition is that? Going for it is the pro way to approach it. Patriots basically had it but for a miracle here and there by the Giants.

  4. Panthers really benefited from a fairly weak schedule, and barely scraped by in some cases (yes, speaking of the Seahawks game). Not saying they aren’t a good team. Just sayin’ let’s see just HOW good they are when the playoffs start.

  5. iamkillerfin | Dec 30, 2015, 5:43 PM EST
    1 & done just like every time they get to the playoffs!!!

    Said the guy with no clue, I mean you’re right except for the time that they went to the Super Bowl and the time they were in the NFC Championship…but hey, who needs facts when you have idiocy

  6. Would you rather go undefeated only to lose the Super Bowl or would you rather lose 1 and win the Super Bowl ?
    Yea, that’s what I thought.

  7. What about all the other times when these guys talk about striving for excellence?

    Only a little bit of excellence, or what?

    I’ll bet Brady is never happy to lose a game.

    Maybe Rodney shouldn’t have let it get to him so much.

  8. What Rivera says makes sense, but the proof will be on display this Sunday. When the other three teams that were unbeaten lost their first game, a week later they lost their second (Bengals, Broncos, Patriots). If the Panthers win convincingly on Sunday, Rivera can sleep well once again. If they lose, he’ll have nightmares.

  9. Bearfan54 says:

    Would you rather go undefeated only to lose the Super Bowl or would you rather lose 1 and win the Super Bowl ?
    Yea, that’s what I thought.
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    Or would you rather go completely undefeated, win the Super Bowl and go down as the best team in history?

    Yea, that’s what I thought. A loss is never good. But I guess you have to think positive haha

  10. therealjr says:
    Dec 30, 2015 5:44 PM
    God forbid a team aspire to greatness. “We don’t want to go 16-0, it’s too much pressure.” What kind of ambition is that? Going for it is the pro way to approach it. Patriots basically had it but for a miracle here and there by the Giants.
    ———

    The only “miracle” is that the Giants didn’t blow out the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI, as they were on their way to doing so, before stalling on a drive up two scores, unforced by New England.

    Same as Seattle last year (while benefiting from a non-call on blatant pass interference that would have all but sealed the game).

  11. Sure you are a safer driver after you get in an accident and i’d rather get in one with my rental car than my brand new Rolls(Super Bowl)

    I think a win or a loss can be a learning experience, but as a Panthers fan the idea of 19-0 got more romantic the closer it got.
    I thought about us needing a loss when we had 8 and 9 wins, but I think its now a non issue.
    On to Tampa
    14-1
    Keep Pounding

  12. Carolina fans talking like Super Bowl is deserved. Guess again. Not a Panthers or Cards fan, but here to tell you the Cardinals are a better team. Worse, so are the Seahawks overall. They are trending up. Panthers down. And…don’t overlook the Vikings. Check your six. Bucs are coming too. Laugh them off? You decide–better get through them. No problem? Okay (as Falcon flies by).

    Carolina Panthers: One and Done. SB 50: Cardinals vs Patriots.

  13. Lots and lots of tough guys behind a computer screen. If all your teams are so good, why aren’t they 14-1? Guess they had a “bad week” over and over this season.

    Keep Pounding!

  14. Mr. Wright 212 says:
    Dec 30, 2015 6:29 PM
    It never fails. Someone always has to make every single article written on this site about the Patriots. Somehow!

    ___________

    Well, let’s see. The article is about a team possibly running the table at 16 and 0, and the last team to do that was, wait for it, the Patriots. Get the relevancy now, Einstein?

  15. Carolina is NOT that good of a team. Most of the games I’ve seen is them getting away with alot of holding and other penalties and the refs looking the other way. They are suspect at best. They won’t make it past the first round. Arizona, and as much as I hate to say Seattle are better teams.

  16. Carolina did not have an easy schedule there are six teams that have made the playoffs in the NFC…Carolina is one of the six teams, so that leaves us with 5 teams…Out of those 5 teams Carolina has beaten 3 of them Green Bay-Seattle-and Washington…Carolina is a good football them who despite not having a lot of talent on the offensive side of the ball…Carolina has still posted a 14-1 record that is just amazing…

  17. One loss after 18 straight regular season wins and everybody overreacts to the max. Panthers are fine. They finally had a bad game after 19 games, nothing to see here.

    Also, people saying Seahawks are better, you talking about the same Seahawks that just got crushed at home by the lowly Rams? Yeah………………no. Howver, that matchup between the Cards and Panthers is going to be a dandy.

  18. Translation – “A loss was good for Cam Newton”.

    Dude needs to find some humility if he’s ever to be great.
    —————————————————-
    Says the armchair HOFamer.

  19. I disagree. I think the team legitimately thought they were going to finish the season unblemished. The timing couldn’t be worse either. If this was week eight and they rattled off consecutive wins, I would feel otherwise.

  20. Atlanta was looking for redemption, and Carolina was looking for the easy way out. Bring the boys back to earth. On the NFC side, Carolina has a road to hoe, and it isn’t going to be easy in the playoffs. They will pick it up, now they don’t have the ‘perfect season’ hanging over their shoulder.
    GB is lost…missing too many pieces. Seattle will grind, as will the Cards. Minnie and the Reds have some too, but I doubt they’ll give the above much trouble.
    AFC is NE (if healthy), Denver, KC and Cincy. I can only see NE and Denver prevailing…and whoever gets home field will win.
    Not sure Palmer is as tough as Cam…Seatac needs to up their defensive effort or it will be a Card-Carolina final.
    Would like to see NE-Cards, but I suspect it will be NE – Carolina.

  21. I think we can officially stop the “easy schedule” talk, as just about every team in the league either lost to the panthers or lost to a team that the panthers beat this year. I believe the only team not on either of those lists is AZ, who we can all agree is a team that’s playing great football. Hope to add them to the list after the nfc championship game.

  22. abninf says:Dec 30, 2015 6:03 PM

    Or would you rather go completely undefeated, win the Super Bowl and go down as the best team in history?

    Yea, that’s what I thought. A loss is never good. But I guess you have to think positive haha
    _____________________________________
    The 72 Dolphins went undefeated and won a superbowl
    …. give them their due. Best team in history? Not even close.

  23. NFL doesn’t want Panthers in the Super Bowl so watch out for the lame refs in the playoff games. In spite of this the Panthers will win the Super Bowl and all the Rednecks in the South will be shooting off their guns on Super Bowl Sunday!

  24. Carolina losing to Atlanta was good for Carolina in the end….Atlanta exposed Carolina’s weakness and let Carolina know what they need to work on before the playoffs start…Which is pass rush defense Carolina couldn’t put any pressure on Matt Ryan or Eli Manning …And it eventually got up to them and cost Carolina to lose a game…

  25. I wouldn’t saying losing is “good” but it does let them get back to focusing on just the game itself each week. None of the extra talk. That’s what’s good. All of this talk about how the Panthers are so bad after one loss. They FINALLY had a bad game against a team that played better. And just recall, the Falcons first drive which ended in a TD was extended from a 3 and out thanks to a Tillman personal foul after the play. The other TD was an outstanding play by Julio Jones. Other than that, the defense still played well. The offense was also without Jonathan Stewart. He certainly would have helped. We could still be talking about how the Panthers are apparently an awful team while going undefeated. If they get back to playing their game and controlling the flow of the game, they will be just fine. A loss to Tampa at home will be cause for concern.

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