Carolina won 8 straight. That is an incredible feat to say the least. 8 straight. The Panthers were essentially DUE for a poor game.
Sure their poor game came at a terrible time, but the season is far from over.
At the very least, we're playing 4 more games this year. Probably 5. I see this team coming out a playing pissed off the next 3 weeks to end the year. They just got embarrassed on NBC.
This game shouldn't take away anything from the Panthers. Still a damn good defense and still have one of the best playmakers in all of sports with Newton.
Remember when the Ravens got throttled against the Broncos late in the year last year? Why can't that be us?
And if you want to look even deeper down the road, we have DG at the helm in the FO, and has pieced together a pretty damn good team, in one year. I see him making this team even better.
And Ron Rivera should not go anywhere. He's working with what he has. He has an aging group of skill players (D-Lo, Smitty) a makeshift O-Line (he has a DT out there for god sake) and cast aways at Wide Receiver (Ginn, Hixon). Couple that with a role-playing RB/FB and an injury riddled Stewart and his options are limited.
Grow some nads and realize this team is still a premier team. We've been spoiled the last 9 weeks and we just took an uppercut to the chin by a more experienced team.
TL;DR - stop being pussies