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NFL.com Article: Panthers Winning outcome, Losing Attitude

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LANDOVER, Md. -- Watching through a crowd of teammates who were standing along the sideline in front of his seat on the bench, Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy saw all he needed to see. His offense, he thought, was giving the game away.

Hardy lifted his helmet, slammed it to the ground, shouted an expletive, and started down the sideline, so that more could hear him expressing his emotions. All while his team was beating the Washington Redskins by eight points. All with less than two minutes to play Sunday.

"I got a little emotional and said some things I'm not sure if I meant or not, but I wanted everybody to know," Hardy told NFL.com after the Panthers' 21-13 win. "I wanted everybody to attack, even with a lead.

"You've got to be on your toes, not on your heels. I got a little emotional about that."

Emotional enough for Hardy -- who, when the Panthers were just 1:15 from their first victory since Sept. 16, had to be restrained by wide receiver Steve Smith -- to apologize to coach Ron Rivera in the locker room after the game.

Rivera's response, however, was interesting: No need to apologize, he told Hardy. None at all. The Redskins never should have had the late tying opportunity that sparked Hardy's outburst, and a little fire was apparently in order. If only it had come on the field instead.

"That's outstanding," Rivera later explained in a corner of the locker room. "We have to play with that type of emotion. This is an emotional game, and when you play with emotion, you give yourself an opportunity to win. Be in attack mode. Be aggressive."

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Have to get over that feeling that we are going somehow lose at the end of these games. Good on the Kraken for showing the fire though.

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brb ordering hardy jersey

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Great read on Hardy and the type of personality and passion he has.. Who better to calm down a 6'4" 300 lb man than none other than 5'9" Smitty?

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Its like a light bulb switched on for him im glad hardy's finally starting to get it.

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Good for Greg...jump their poo! Sounds like someone is showing some leadership.

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Hardy is giving it all he's got and it's awesome.

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Well they've been conditioned to these late game losses. Good to see hardy showing emotion over it, we need players to play with fire at the end of these games and close them out.

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Is it just me or can you see Hardy going to professional wrasslin after the NFL

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horrible title...obviously for the redskins market.

great read, though.

loved this:

"I got a little emotional and said some things I'm not sure if I meant or not, but I wanted everybody to know," Hardy told NFL.com after the Panthers' 21-13 win. "I wanted everybody to attack, even with a lead.
a-frikkin-men.

liked rivera's comments as well talking about hardy's outburst

"That's outstanding," Rivera later explained in a corner of the locker room. "We have to play with that type of emotion. This is an emotional game, and when you play with emotion, you give yourself an opportunity to win. Be in attack mode. Be aggressive."
i hope the whole team is fired up like that.

seems like a well needed sentimentality that is starting to take over the lockerroom.

don't ever get too comfortable with any lead. always be fighting. don't take that foot off the gas. just keep on pushing.

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btw...as much as i can't believe i'm saying it about hardy, this is the type leadership we need atm.

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I'm sure the whole "play to keep your job" has nothing to do with how much better Hardy is playing.

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I'm sure the whole "play to keep your job" has nothing to do with how much better Hardy is playing.

you don't start acting like that when your whole motivation is just keeping a job.

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