This one hurt most. The constant mistakes by the offense just made the game almost unwatchable. In 2003 both teams played well and the Panthers weren't expected to win. The oppourtunities are few and far between. I just felt like this year was our time but Denver had other plans. I do feel like the potential to return is better. Time will tell.
It will be interesting to see how they handle success. They will not sneak up on anyone next year. Barring any serious injuries the Panthers will be in contention. It's just so difficult to make it to the big game. You have to seize the moment when you get there. This loss bothered me more then the first one to New England. The defense couldn't have played much better and the offense continued to shoot themselves in the foot. Denver's D played a heck of a game. It would be cool to win super 51 for Sam Mills. I remember thinking after 2003 we will be back and it took 12 years. I believe we have a better chance to make it back this time. The Panthers actually have a franchise QB now. Keep pounding!