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Cam Newton: Panthers were “playing with their butts tight” in second half

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 17:   Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers makes a call at the line against the Seattle Seahawks in the 4th quarter during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Bank of America Stadium on January 17, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Panthers started fast on Sunday afternoon, but the second half found them giving back all but seven points of their lead before Thomas Davis recovered an onside kick to seal the 31-24 win.

Carolina picked up 75 yards of offense over the final 30 minutes while the Seahawks were churning up 280 to go with their 24 straight points. The Panthers were back on their heels, which wasn’t what coach Ron Rivera had planned.

“The biggest disappointment I really didn’t want to play the game the way we did in the second half,” Rivera said. “I wanted to be more aggressive and try to attack but for whatever reason we got into protect mode and I’m a little disappointed in that.”

Rivera said that the team has to “learn to not relax” if they’re playing from in front, although quarterback Cam Newton’s description of what happened after halftime suggests the team was too tense.

“There were a lot of guys playing with their butts tight,” Newton said. “Coaches with their butts tight. At one point fans and myself were butt tight too, but you just have to find ways to get your groove back going and we need a little bit more of that next Sunday.”

Figuring out how to hold onto a 31-point lead is a problem the Panthers would surely sign up for in a heartbeat against the Cardinals. It seems unlikely that things will play out that way, but the benefits of staying aggressive in a playoff game is a lesson well learned all the same.

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82 Responses to “Cam Newton: Panthers were “playing with their butts tight” in second half”
  1. RavenzGunnerz says: Jan 17, 2016 9:30 PM

    yup. Next week, vs Arizona… loosen your butts a bit. AZ promise to be nice.

  2. MichaelEdits says: Jan 17, 2016 9:31 PM

    I tweeted this, and I cringe to think what kind of bots will react to that headline.

  3. theseekeroffun says: Jan 17, 2016 9:34 PM

    Butt’s Tight?
    I am truly laughing!

  4. motsuret06 says: Jan 17, 2016 9:38 PM

    There was nothing but conservative play calling in the second half and the Panthers have still not learned how to play 6o minutes of non-stop football. Shula is to blame for the terrible play calling in the second half and Head Coach Ron Rivera was completely out coached by Pete Carrol of the Seahawks.

  5. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonsAndNeverToReturn says: Jan 17, 2016 9:38 PM

    LOL! Strange new respect for Cam! He says it like it is. They played not to lose in the second half.

  6. mataug says: Jan 17, 2016 9:39 PM

    Then go to Chipotle

  7. it's all bs says: Jan 17, 2016 9:41 PM

    who doesn’t love Cam….is he real or what:)

    good luck to both teams….I’m partial to AZ because of BA but may the best team win!!!

  8. Deb says: Jan 17, 2016 9:50 PM

    I like Rivera and the Panthers. As for Cam … well, wishing all the best to Arizona.

  9. riverace19 says: Jan 17, 2016 9:53 PM

    Carolina’s zone D is terrible… And Cam is absolutely right. Should not have been a close game.

  10. claymatthewsisonsteroids says: Jan 17, 2016 9:55 PM

    What happened in that locker room at halftime?

  11. ninefingers9 says: Jan 17, 2016 10:01 PM

    Giggity!

  12. ariani1985 says: Jan 17, 2016 10:01 PM

    Erin Rogers could learn a lot from this guy! Mainly how to win an actual playoff game!

  13. mackcarrington says: Jan 17, 2016 10:05 PM

    The coaches and coordinators don’t give the QB’s the freedom to call their own plays. Rivera says “for whatever reason”. Well, his butt tightened up. Most coaches are guilty of this. The coaches instinctively go conservative and they don’t even realize it. Newton realized it but he had to follow orders and go with the play calls from the sideline. Some of these coaches are their own worst enemies and end up more often than not, getting themselves fired.

  14. markjohnbennett says: Jan 17, 2016 10:06 PM

    But, at least they managed the clock. Carolina had 75 yards of offense, but held the ball for 16:54. Seattle only had five second half possessions. It was a little close for comfort, but it least they played it correctly.

  15. pantherpro says: Jan 17, 2016 10:09 PM

    Later Seagags! Enjoy you’re dreary winter

  16. norcalmafia says: Jan 17, 2016 10:11 PM

    Seattle is a solid football town..says no one ever.Seattle fans be like Nine fans always hating on us..no actually everybody hates you guys..when you have an expansion team who had no fans or support then come out after they win one superb owl and start bragging about a dynasty after one year and isulting other people’s teams after one year of success. .that’s why everyone hates you fakes from the north west..Everyone talks cap about other teams but all fans of the 31 other teams seem to have the same opinion of you Seacluck fans ..fake bandwagoners…the thinges that make you go hmmmm…rain drops keep falling on my head

  17. bartpkelly says: Jan 17, 2016 10:12 PM

    The offense may have been playing conservative but the defense still gave up 24. The defense wasn’t playing conservative, they got beat for 24 points and that will need to be fixed.

  18. hivelocityimpactsplatter says: Jan 17, 2016 10:13 PM

    Don’t worry, the Cardinals will choke next week, like they almost did against Turd Bay. Then Cam will get the pleasure of dethroning one of the ancient greats, Manning or Brady. Better get used to getting dabbed, Patriot fans.

  19. watermelon1 says: Jan 17, 2016 10:14 PM

    I wouldn’t be surprised if panthers had a huge lead by halftime next weekend.

  20. pantherfan1973299 says: Jan 17, 2016 10:14 PM

    Not the most eloquent assessment, but accurate. Obviously pleased with the end result but man guys, what the hell happened? The Colts, the Packers, the Saints, the Giants, and now the Seahawks. All came screaming back in the second half and nearly punched their ticket. Let’s figure this out once and for all and crush these Cardinals, and then, finally, there will be no NFC team left for the pundits to declare as “better than the Panthers”.

  21. wallabear says: Jan 17, 2016 10:15 PM

    Gotta keep the pedal-to-the-floor, Cam(eron). Don’t take anything for granted. Once again, Cam-rolina D almost cost the team a trip to the Conference Final. #MortyStrong

  22. linvillegorge says: Jan 17, 2016 10:25 PM

    Glad Cam called the coaches out on this. The Panthers have gone super conservative with a decent lead all season long and time and time again it allows the other team to claw their way back into the game.

  23. Patch24680 says: Jan 17, 2016 10:27 PM

    Stay focused.
    Don’t take your foot off the gas.
    Play a full 60 minutes.
    Play to win, not to lose.
    10 yards at a time.

    One week, one game, one win!

    KEEP POUNDING, GUYS!!!!!

  24. realqc says: Jan 17, 2016 10:29 PM

    markjohnbennett says:
    Jan 17, 2016 10:06 PM
    But, at least they managed the clock. Carolina had 75 yards of offense, but held the ball for 16:54. Seattle only had five second half possessions. It was a little close for comfort, but it least they played it correctly.
    ———————
    Bingo. I was not a fan of it either, but it is a strategy that worked.

  25. Deb says: Jan 17, 2016 10:37 PM

    Erin Rogers could learn a lot from this guy! Mainly how to win an actual playoff game!

    —————————————————–
    You mean the Aaron Rodgers who’s won a Super Bowl could learn how to win a playoff game from some guy who’s won two playoff in two different years?

    Yeah, that makes a lot of sense.

  26. wrlegrand says: Jan 17, 2016 10:39 PM

    One team stands in the way for the Panthers “who haven’t beaten anybody” or “are not that good” or would “have lost by 50 if the game was played tomorrow”. I have never seen a team constantly be criticized for winning.

    Arizona is a potent team and it should be a great game Sunday evening. Basically, everyone is already writing the Panthers off on TV and radio, which is fine. It has basically happened all season. Just because a team does not play the way pundits think a model team should be, does not diminish who that team is or what they have accomplished..

  27. jason9696 says: Jan 17, 2016 10:41 PM

    This would never have happened to a Bill Belichick coached team. The Patriots would have gone for the jugular in the second half being up 31-0 and some people would have had a problem with it. I don’t know why exactly.

  28. 1trojan33usc says: Jan 17, 2016 10:41 PM

    I don’t really care at this point as my Seahawks are now out. However, if the Panthers are going to “stain their shorts” under fire then i’d much rather see the Cardinals in the Superbowl against whom I suspect will probably be the Patriots. Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald are playing “Balls Out” as this may be their last opportunity as the senior players to win a Superbowl. Therefore, i’m leaning towards the Trojan Carson to get the job done and bring one home to the NFC. Rivera and Shula was “TRULY” outcoached today and made calls in the second half like “Deers in the headlights” LOL My Seahawks will plug those offensive holes so RW can remain upright when passing the ball. He’s been up against that crap all season. Time to cut the fat off the line and rebuild it.

  29. skawh says: Jan 17, 2016 10:48 PM

    No wonder so many women viewers liked that 2nd half!

  30. norcalmafia says: Jan 17, 2016 10:50 PM

    Broncos are getting smoked next weekend..NFC title game is intriguing though..Should be a great game..
    #Seattle is the city of phonies…
    #Isn’t Seattle in Canada?
    #There were no Seahawks fans 3 years ago

  31. skawh says: Jan 17, 2016 10:51 PM

    ason9696 says:
    Jan 17, 2016 10:41 PM
    This would never have happened to a Bill Belichick coached team. The Patriots would have gone for the jugular in the second half being up 31-0 and some people would have had a problem with it. I don’t know why exactly.
    ——
    Uh huh. So why does NE have the goat yet can’t win a SB for 10 years until Seattle gives them a SB?

    Trash talking over confident Pat’s fans are all over PFT

  32. nhpats says: Jan 17, 2016 10:53 PM

    If the Panthers’ butts were tight when they were ahead 31-0 then Cam will be puking in the huddle a la Donovan McNabb when he plays against the Patriots in SB 50

  33. Deb says: Jan 17, 2016 10:53 PM

    Erin Rogers could learn a lot from this guy! Mainly how to win an actual playoff game!

    —————————————————–
    You mean the Aaron Rodgers who’s won a Super Bowl?

    Yeah, that makes a lot of sense.

  34. jag1959 says: Jan 17, 2016 11:00 PM

    “I wanted to be more aggressive and try to attack but for whatever reason we got into protect mode and I’m a little disappointed in that.”

    Rivera has done a heck of a job with that team but that statement is a curious thing. In terms of play calling shouldn’t the HC be the one controlling the reasoning behind whatever ‘mode’ they are in?

  35. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Jan 17, 2016 11:03 PM

    This Bengals fan is pulling for Carolina. Disrespected all season long (worst 8-0 team…worst 14-0 team ever, etc). Then everyone was predicting they’d be one-n-done to the Seahawks. Their whole team seems like a like-able group and I hate seeing the same teams win every championship. So go Panthers!

  36. pantherfan1973299 says: Jan 17, 2016 11:05 PM

    @ 1trojan— wow, you mad bro?

  37. CallingYouOut says: Jan 17, 2016 11:07 PM

    Got the Cheesheads and the twelves out in the same weekend. I’ll call that a success. I could like either team if it weren’t for their fans.

  38. hivelocityimpactsplatter says: Jan 17, 2016 11:20 PM

    nhpats says:
    Jan 17, 2016 10:53 PM
    If the Panthers’ butts were tight when they were ahead 31-0 then Cam will be puking in the huddle a la Donovan McNabb when he plays against the Patriots in SB 50
    ****
    If, IF, the Patriots get past Captain HGH, they will get smoked by the Panthers. Luke Kuechly will clown Gronk. Norman picks Brady twice. Cam shreds that defense.

  39. danielrhall says: Jan 17, 2016 11:21 PM

    skawh says:

    Uh huh. So why does NE have the goat yet can’t win a SB for 10 years until Seattle gives them a SB?
    —–
    Seattle gave away a SB? What a stupid thing to do.

  40. bleck5 says: Jan 17, 2016 11:52 PM

    Oh well Cam..This is your last week of football for the season.

    Cardinals and Patriots will make up Superbowl 50.

  41. 6thsense10 says: Jan 17, 2016 11:52 PM

    skawh says:
    Jan 17, 2016 10:51 PM
    ason9696 says:
    Jan 17, 2016 10:41 PM
    This would never have happened to a Bill Belichick coached team. The Patriots would have gone for the jugular in the second half being up 31-0 and some people would have had a problem with it. I don’t know why exactly.
    ——
    Uh huh. So why does NE have the goat yet can’t win a SB for 10 years until Seattle gives them a SB?

    Trash talking over confident Pat’s fans are all over PFT
    —–
    To answer your question. …That’s because winning a superbowl is freaking hard, no matter how great your qb or team is. Some of the greatest to ever play have never won it (Dan Marino) aND plent of greats only get tone win ithe once….when you criticize a team for not winning a superbowl for 10 years that just proves how great that organization is.

  42. cynassja says: Jan 17, 2016 11:57 PM

    The defense was Tired they were scoring tds intercepting then had to get back on the damn field that’s why they gave up all those points fatigue the offense couldn’t score and we’re 3 and out the defense hardly got a break

    Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphone

  43. scotrugby says: Jan 18, 2016 12:08 AM

    LOL at the no cal dude calling Seattle a city of phonies. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.

  44. taintedsaints2009 says: Jan 18, 2016 12:13 AM

    Can you imagine if Seattle got that onside kick? It was very, very close.

  45. ninnerfansince2012 says: Jan 18, 2016 12:16 AM

    norcalmafia says:
    Jan 17, 2016 10:11 PM
    Seattle is a solid football town..says no one ever.Seattle fans be like Nine fans always hating on us..no actually everybody hates you guys..when you have an expansion team who had no fans or support then come out after they win one superb owl and start bragging about a dynasty after one year and isulting other people’s teams after one year of success. .that’s why everyone hates you fakes from the north west..Everyone talks cap about other teams but all fans of the 31 other teams seem to have the same opinion of you Seacluck fans ..fake bandwagoners…the thinges that make you go hmmmm…rain drops keep falling on my head

    ————————————————–

    Go home. You’re drunk.

  46. ninnerfansince2012 says: Jan 18, 2016 12:19 AM

    pantherpro says:
    Jan 17, 2016 10:09 PM
    Later Seagags! Enjoy you’re dreary winter

    ————————————–

    You need a life.

  47. norcalmafia says: Jan 18, 2016 12:31 AM

    I wouldn’t take skawh serious bro..he’s a Seahawks fan..everyone knows he wasn’t watching football ten years ago
    #seattle..soccer city america

  48. seahawksbmx says: Jan 18, 2016 12:41 AM

    norcalmafia says:
    Jan 17, 2016 10:50 PM

    #There were no Seahawks fans 3 years ago
    ————
    If you can convince any “PANTHER” fans of this on an article about the PANTHERS, then you have successfully found a Panther Bandwagoner. You know, since the Seahawks hosted & beat the Panthers in the NFCC in 2006.

    It’s gonna be wild seeing Levi’s Stadium with a packed crowd in 3 weeks. So used to seeing that joint half full, said the optimist.

  49. noteamforlosangeles says: Jan 18, 2016 12:50 AM

    Lesson learned: A football game is 60 minutes long. You can’t throw victory parties at halftime, no matter how large the lead is.

  50. louiedogg16 says: Jan 18, 2016 1:09 AM

    I like reading the hate on Seattle fans. Makes me really glad to be a Seattle fan. A lot of fan bases lacking any humility. Ya, we lost, but I’m very glad our QB isn’t a child.

  51. whatjusthapped says: Jan 18, 2016 1:50 AM

    Blair Walsh can relate

  52. pound30 says: Jan 18, 2016 1:57 AM

    This was my biggest gripe about the teams coming out after half time. The reporter said she talked to Rivera and they would be aggresive and try to score more points. They absolutely went defensive and almost lost the game. It was a pathetic showing by this team given the coach said they would stay put and score more. I expect the Cardinals to win next weekend.

  53. raideralex99 says: Jan 18, 2016 1:59 AM

    Maybe the Seahawks finally figured out what shoes to wear.
    You can see clearly on the first play Stewart’s long run … the player going to tackle him slips before he gets to him.

    New meaning to home field advantage.

  54. ebdug says: Jan 18, 2016 3:01 AM

    The whole game was about the start time.

    That’s 10am Seattle time. They were asleep the entire first half. At halftime it was closer to noon on the west coast. The Seattle players were ready to play.

    Carolina already had expended energy in the 1st half, they got knocked around by a fresh Seahawk team in the 2nd half.

    If the game had been scheduled fairly, the Hawks would have won.

  55. thisdamnbox says: Jan 18, 2016 3:44 AM

    “norcalmafia”, you are out of your ignorant, ever-loving, mind… Hawks have had full stadiums since the early 80s. And a few loudmouth Hawks fans don’t mean they’re all jack-wagons. You, on the other hand…

  56. vikingforlife says: Jan 18, 2016 5:27 AM

    ebdug: Seriously? You have GOT to be kidding me! Scheduled fairly??? Ever heard of HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE??? That being said, teams travel all the time to different time zones. It is up to them to BE PREPARED!!! That is the lamest excuse yet! Wow, wow, wow! Plus, the ‘Hawks were just in Minnesota, they should have stayed pretty much on schedule knowing where they were traveling to if they wanted to BE PREPARED!!! Give me a break!

  57. jmethane says: Jan 18, 2016 5:30 AM

    Normal Mafia is just mad at the Seahawks still for totally dismantling(literally) his joke of a team, Jed Yorks 49ers. Just three years ago Colin Kaepernick and Jim Harbaugh had so much promise for the future.

    Then Pete Carroll happened, Richard Sherman happened, Kam chancellor happened,etc etc…now Jim is rolling in michigan, kap is a washed out demoted failure and almost all the hero’s of that team are gone.

    Can you not understand norcalmafia’s hatred of the seahawks?

    Remember when people argued who was better between kaep or wilson? Seems like a long time ago.

  58. screamingsheep69 says: Jan 18, 2016 5:34 AM

    They played zone all game so the backs kept their eye’s in the backfield so Wilson wouldn’t take off. Didn’t want their backs to him. Damn running quarterbacks, lol. When it became apparent they were going to have to throw all the time, they should have switched up and just had one of the linebackers spy Wilson while playing man.

  59. unclediddles says: Jan 18, 2016 6:46 AM

    The plays were not coming in fast enough in the second half, but that was after Cam started snapping the ball with time on the play clock.

    They played to not get anyone hurt. JSTEW was subbed a bunch and they didn’t run Cam.

    Mine was tight for sure. But when I saw Luke, Tolbert and Thomas Davis trot out for the onside kick vs our WRs, that was a coaching move I loved.

  60. jmethane says: Jan 18, 2016 7:35 AM

    I wanted to like Carolina. I like how the are built. I really like Luke and Olsen and even Josh Norman isn’t so bad. Reminds me of Sherman a bit.

    But watching cam newton and his antics…stepping way out for the emphatic first down gesture, etc etc….I just can’t do it. I tried to like cam but his over the top, rubbing it in antics have completely turned me off to the guy…and team as well because the are all attached to it. The complete lack of humility. The complete lack of respect. I would WANT this coming from someone on my defense, sure, but certainly not the qb, team leader and face of the franchise. He is a child on the playground.

    Some of you will say he is just having fun and you can’t fault him for that. Hecklers at comedy shows are having fun too. “Having fun” isn’t always good for others involved. Certainly not classy, that is for sure.

    Russell Wilson, on the other hand is ALL class. Big difference between these two young men.

    That being said, congrats to the panthers. That first half dominance was just too hard to overcome. To the winner goes the spoils! I think I like the class of Fitz and Palmer so I will be rooting for them even as a Seahawks fan. They are about to both retire anyway.

    No matter how much I like the rest of the team, something about Cam’s arrogant, rub it in your face attitude makes me want him to fail.

  61. smokehouse56 says: Jan 18, 2016 7:36 AM

    jason9696 says:
    Jan 17, 2016 10:41 PM

    This would never have happened to a Bill Belichick coached team. The Patriots would have gone for the jugular in the second half being up 31-0 and some people would have had a problem with it. I don’t know why exactly.
    ==================================
    Like they did against the Eagles?

  62. leatherface2012 says: Jan 18, 2016 8:42 AM

    noteamforlosangeles says:
    Jan 18, 2016 12:50 AM

    Lesson learned: A football game is 60 minutes long. You can’t throw victory parties at halftime, no matter how large the lead is.

    that one college game that ended up 222-0..they did

  63. leatherface2012 says: Jan 18, 2016 8:45 AM

    ebdug says:
    Jan 18, 2016 3:01 AM

    The whole game was about the start time.

    That’s 10am Seattle time. They were asleep the entire first half. At halftime it was closer to noon on the west coast. The Seattle players were ready to play.

    Carolina already had expended energy in the 1st half, they got knocked around by a fresh Seahawk team in the 2nd half.

    If the game had been scheduled fairly, the Hawks would have won.

    by fairly, you mean at lambeau

  64. dedicatedhawkfan says: Jan 18, 2016 9:30 AM

    norcalmafia says:
    Jan 17, 2016 10:11 PM

    Seattle is a solid football town..says no one ever.Seattle fans be like Nine fans always hating on us..no actually everybody hates you guys..when you have an expansion team who had no fans or support then come out after they win one superb owl and start bragging about a dynasty after one year and isulting other people’s teams after one year of success. .that’s why everyone hates you fakes from the north west..Everyone talks cap about other teams but all fans of the 31 other teams seem to have the same opinion of you Seacluck fans ..fake bandwagoners…the thinges that make you go hmmmm…rain drops keep falling on my head
    ____
    ummmmm….what alternate universe do YOU come from? Seahawks have ALWAYS enjoyed a healthy, rabid, faithful fanbase (hense the retirement of #12 in 1984). Let’s talk about your expansion team and its bandwagon fans shall we? first, OMG Cam has now won 1 more playoff game than Tebow…woo hoo!! next, it takes a home playoff game to fill the stadium with your own fans? I recall several games the Seahawks played in Carolina and had more fans in the stadium than the home team. Actually a lot of times, at Seahawk away games, the 12s outnumber the fans of the home team.
    Finally, showboating, self-centered, all-about-me Cam needs to humble himself just a bit…naming his son Chosen? Seriously? actually doesn’t surprise me because he acts as if he is the chosen one the way he will knock his own players out of the way so he can do his solo “first down” motion.
    So enjoy Cam’s time in the limelight because make no mistake, this is ALL about Cam…just watch him take all the glory and reject all the rest.

  65. rootpain says: Jan 18, 2016 9:31 AM

    What does that even mean, “at one point fans and myself even had our butts tight”?
    You better loosen up. When you are playing my Patriots in the SuperBowl, I don’t want to hear you say you lost because your butt was tight.
    SMH my butt was tight!

  66. 12brichandfamous says: Jan 18, 2016 9:46 AM

    Caroline played tight to reduce potential for injury to cam. Not one broken play or designed run. He stayed in the pocket the entire day

  67. jgedgar70 says: Jan 18, 2016 10:19 AM

    You gotta love Cam’s honest evaluation. And while it worked out in the end, there was way too much concern for running the clock out, to the point where we had to take 2 timeouts to avoid delay of game penalties because Shula took too long getting the play call in. And I loved that Cam came to the sideline cussing and yelling about it. Maybe those field mics aren’t the best thing to come along after all. (Anyone else besides me glad we don’t have to hear, “GREEN 19, GREEN 19 HUT!” until August?)

    As for those that still insist that Cam is all about himself and celebrates too much, the ONLY thing that Cam does that hasn’t been done for the past 100 years is the whole first down point thing. Everything else he does has been done on a football field ever since there was such a thing as a football field. I suppose you think Cam giving away every football on a TD is him trying to glorify himself too. I’m sorry that your butt is so tight that you lose your mind when you see a player jumping around, doing TD dances and giving footballs away. Take off your hate glasses and watch other NFL games, where you will see players doing the same type of stuff.

  68. triplegood says: Jan 18, 2016 10:22 AM

    Two words on the Panthers 2nd half play calling…David Shula.

  69. dericivy says: Jan 18, 2016 10:37 AM

    Bandwagon Seahawks fans?
    Sure, there definitely are quite a few.

    But lets not forget the kingdome selling out every game long before any superbowl appearances.

    I get it doe, fans be mad at other teams, just how it is.

  70. bonniebengal says: Jan 18, 2016 10:56 AM

    I hope the Panthers take it all this year.

  71. thisguy124 says: Jan 18, 2016 10:59 AM

    They’ve won 16 games this year with their strategy, so obviously something is working. It’s so easy to say “stay aggresive”, but what happens when a sack and fumble happens? What happens if an int happens? That turns a game around more than going conservative and punting. Again, they won and are moving on, so their strategy can’t be that bad.

  72. zeke2517 says: Jan 18, 2016 10:59 AM

    “Butt tight.”

    -2016

  73. packergator says: Jan 18, 2016 11:35 AM

    bartpkelly says:
    Jan 17, 2016 10:12 PM

    The offense may have been playing conservative but the defense still gave up 24. The defense wasn’t playing conservative, they got beat for 24 points and that will need to be fixed.
    __________________________________

    That wasn’t what I saw; the Seattle pass protection improved in the second half, but the Carolina back 7 played a lot of mid-to-deep zone too. You’re asking for trouble by doing that against a proven QB with scrambling ability.

  74. trozenfundra says: Jan 18, 2016 12:05 PM

    I wouldn’t have expected that kinda statement from a Carolina team, San Francisco maybe….

  75. lscottman3 says: Jan 18, 2016 12:07 PM

    Bleck

    Cardinals and Patriots will make up Superbowl 50.
    ===================================
    Does anyone else think it is interesting there is a commercial that shows a girl asking a guy to the game, and he first comes as a Cardinals fan and then realizes she is a Pats fan?

    How would the advertisers know the SB will have those two teams in it?

    hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  76. turfdaddy says: Jan 18, 2016 12:31 PM

    What a deal the Panthers have gotten on Cam. Signed him to a big contract extension before his MVP season!!

    And for all the haters out there, Cam is making about $16-$17M per year over the next several years. He put the team first. He, unlike Russell, Brees, Rogers, etc, left money on the table to make sure the TEAM could put pieces around him.

  77. ikeclanton says: Jan 18, 2016 1:10 PM

    Pete Carroll praising the comeback, saying “we ran out of time” was a typical Carrollesque positive spin on:

    The game is 60 minutes, not 30, and you can’t spot a team that lost 1 game all season a 31 point lead.

    Belichick would not have been as kind at the podium, high-fiving all of his players for the “comeback”. He would have been ripped about the first half inability to execute correctly.

    Seattle is actually too good of a team to let that 1st half unfold the way it did and Carroll has to acknowledge that.

  78. pantherpro says: Jan 18, 2016 1:59 PM

    Nothing was tighter than the Seagags at the beginning of the game. Enjoy your time off Seattle. Next year the Niners take you out! 12th man? Youre lame!

  79. fishyinalittledishy says: Jan 18, 2016 2:09 PM

    Panthers were home and hosed by half time. The Seahawks yet again left themselves to much to do. You can’t rely on bone head plays or missed last second chip shots to win playoff games. There is something wrong to have to keep climbing mountains to win games. Throw in that gift handed to the Patriots last year and I wonder what on earth is going on.

  80. jhg0325 says: Jan 18, 2016 2:37 PM

    If they play butt tight against the cardinals they might get butt hurt

  81. derekblackman says: Jan 18, 2016 4:30 PM

    For all the success Carolina has had offensively, I refuse to acknowledge Mike Shula. Why? His track record is not that great, besides this season. His play calls are bland, to decent at times, and he doesn’t like pass plays. This is 2016 and he’s stuck in 1976 where teams ran it 40 times a game. Sure, they won, but you’ve got to learn how to pass more. They don’t have a number 1 WR, but neither does New England, and they throw it all over teams. Predictable offense too. Their first offensive play every game is a run. Like I said: I’m happy for Carolina, but they need a real OC.

  82. ebdug says: Jan 18, 2016 5:39 PM


    vikingforlife says:
    Jan 18, 2016 5:27 AM

    ebdug: Seriously? You have GOT to be kidding me! Scheduled fairly??? Ever heard of HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE??? That being said, teams travel all the time to different time zones. It is up to them to BE PREPARED!!! That is the lamest excuse yet! Wow, wow, wow! Plus, the ‘Hawks were just in Minnesota, they should have stayed pretty much on schedule knowing where they were traveling to if they wanted to BE PREPARED!!! Give me a break!

    All I can do is tell you guys, I can’t make you believe, This particular excuse I found BEFORE the game was playeed. It knocked me off betting what I considered the superior team. Saved me money.

    In the past several years I’ve cleaned up, betting against these “morning” teams, without regard to my analysis.

    I can see nobody believes this, but I had to say it out of love for a fairly played game. I think even if you took just sportsbettors they’d still come out 2/1 against me. It’s OK, I’m competing against you kids anyway.

    I was just fulfilling my duty to the game.

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