At points this season, celebrations by Panthers players after touchdowns and big plays have rankled some of their opponents.
After the Titans took issue with quarterback Cam Newton’s dancing, Newton said teams need to do a better job of stopping him if they don’t want him celebrating in the end zone. The Seahawks got a taste of the Panthers’ exuberance in a 27-23 regular season loss, but that hasn’t led them to disagree with Newton’s take.
Cornerback Richard Sherman said that you “deserve the right to celebrate” if you get into the end zone in an NFL game. Defensive end Michael Bennett said that the Panthers “should rub it in” if a defense is unable to stop them.
“More people worry about them dancing [more] than stopping them,” Bennett said, via ESPN.com. “When you stop a team, they can’t do what you don’t want them to do. When Cam made that point, I thought he made a good point. I think if you don’t want a guy dancing in the end zone, it’s real simple. Don’t let them get to the end zone. I think that’s what you have to do when you’re playing against this team.”
It’s not a bad strategy when facing any team and the Seahawks will be the team dancing the night away if they can pull it off on Sunday afternoon.