... do players / teams have the opportunity to shock the sports world. Do it in a way that leaves everyone dumbfounded and in disbelief. It is so shocking that every sports talk show in America is covering it on Monday morning (including Mike & Mike). Panthers haven't had that chance since the SuperBowl when the Patriots used a last minute field goal to secure the victory. This is their chance again.
Outside of Carolina, nobody thinks they deserve to be in the playoffs. The majority think the only reason we beat the Cards was due to their QB situation. Many have referred to the Panthers as the reason why the playoff rules need to be rewritten ... to prevent a lowly team like the Panthers from ever making it in. Outside of the Carolinas most don't want us there ... or really don't care. The national television ratings for the Cards / Panthers game was the lowest of all playoff games last weekend. Now, the kid that nobody likes has to play the golden boy ... the defending SuperBowl champions. Vegas has us as double-digit underdogs. Except for Herm, most analysts don't give us a chance. Practically all the national sports talk is about the other 3 games.
To all the players that are lurkers on this board (yes, there are some), this is your chance to do something special. This is your chance to literally shock the sports world. We believe in you ... you believe in each other ... but nobody else does. Give everything you have to preparation this week and from kickoff, leave it all on the field. Seize this opportunity and silence the 12th man. You may never get another chance like the one you have this weekend.