As much sense as the OP made, there is ONE difference: I honestly believe this Panthers team is different than any other we've seen. I can't recall, even in the Super Bowl run, seeing this team just pull it together like it has and not only play with confidence, but inspire confidence. Even when we were losing against the 9ers, I just KNEW we'd find a way to win it. Not once did I think "man, this is gonna be a loss". Not once. And given the past few years, I think that speaks volumes. We may lose Monday night. It's football. You can't win 'em all and tough losses are gonna come. We're almost definitely not running the table the rest of the way (not impossible, but it is improbable). If we take our licks this Monday, so be it. However, I see our next loss coming to either Miami or NO. We seem almost destined to win this Monday, given everything we've been through and how far we've come.
Plus, as it has been pointed out at least once earlier in this thread, the Panthers in the 2nd half of the season under Rivera and Cam have been great. We will at least make a game of it Monday, and that's all I can realistically ask for. That being said, a loss would crush me and I may spin into depression for a week.