I have predicted the SB champs 2 years in a row now right after the previous Super Bowl. I have the Panthers winning it all next year, I hope the Seahawks can make it back to the big game, but it is really hard to win back to back SBs this day and age especially with how grueling the NFC will be next year with SEA/SF/CAR/GB/NO/PHI/ARI.
The Panthers reminded me this year of our team last year, a team with a savage defense and a great young QB that just needed one or two more pieces to hoist the Lombardi. Those 2 pieces for us were Micahel Bennett and Cliff Avril, the one thing that stood out in our loss to ATL in the playoffs was that Ryan had 2 hours to find an open reciever with Clemons going down the weak before and being incredibly thin in the pass rush department.
I feel CAR needs 2 offensive weapons (who they will find) to get over that hump. They don't have to be great players, just pretty good ones for Cam to spread the ball around.
One thing is for sure, the Lombardi will stay in the NFC for awhile, I am glad we got to expose the weak AFC. Pulling for you guys when you aren't playing Seattle, lets make sure that NO/SF don't sniff another Super Bowl in this decade.