"I stand on this: I think we're going to see them again deep in January," Smith said as he looked for a positive in the loss. "If we continue to play like we're playing, eliminate some of the penalties, eliminate some of the mistakes ... for us to have played that team that is considered by all accounts the best team in the NFL -- according to Skip Bayless, the best AFC team around. ... If that's the best team, we came down to the [final minutes] and it was a well-fought game."
"Our season is not over," Smith said. "If that means the season is over I'm not sure what kind of football y'all are used to around here. That's not a quitting team."
Asked a few minutes later if Carolina was a playoff team, Smith barked, "I didn't stutter. There was no slur in my speech."