It seemed on Sunday night as if the Cardinals wilted under the pressure of playing for a berth in the Super Bowl while the Panthers embraced it. The more accurate explanation could be that the Panthers didn’t even notice it.
Appearing on Tuesday’s PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio, Panthers safety Kurt Coleman explained that the team is so focused on getting better that the pressure that comes from climbing higher is an afterthought.
“We’ve been built all season to withstand everything,” Coleman said. “You go on a fourteen-game [winning] streak that’s not easy. There’s a lot of pressure that comes with that and we haven’t even just noticed the pressure because we’re worried about ourselves. We’re worried about getting better each and every week and that’s really been the motto throughout the season is find a way to get better.”
Coleman had plenty of other great stuff, including an explanation of his momentum-changing interception at the end of the first half, how many requests for tickets he already has gotten, and whether he’d prefer that the Panthers be underdogs in the Super Bowl. You can catch it all below.