You guys aren't in yet so you might want to hold off on that comment. Besides, it has been a while since you have been to a playoff game so you are due.
This is too funny! From a 13 point lead, #1 seed to #5 seed and on the road again and lose the division at the same time! So I know it has been a while since you won a division but don't let that get you down.
I am going to make a bold prediction. The next week they lose to the Saints while the Falcons win and the Panthers will not win the division (again). They then go one and out in the playoffs and show they are one of the worst road teams in the NFL the last 3 years. The Saints will get their team healthy and will go on to win the NFC South in 2009.
Just FYI Saints run defense if better than the Panthers.
Ok use whatever bench mark you like. Lets go by the most important fact:
Of the two teams (Saints/Panthers) which one won the NFC South?
Of the two teams (Saints/Panthers) which one last won a playoff game?
The league is about winning and what have you done for me lately. Who cares if you make it to the playoffs as a wild card and then lose. As far as I can tell it has been 3 years since the Panthers won anything and since then the Saints have been the more successful team. I would rather go 9-7 and not make the playoffs then go 11-5, not win the division and then lose your first playoff game. That only gives you a lower draft pick and nothing to show for it.