Despite their below .500 record entering the playoffs, the Carolina Panthers got the job done Saturday and made them true contenders in the NFC, as they took down the Arizona Cardinals 27-16. Like they say, everyone starts at 0-0 once the playoffs started, and Carolina has showed why that statement is relevant.
A big story in this game was the indegent performance of the Cardinals’special teams.
They continued to give the Panthers great field position through the game with muffed punts, short punts and a Tedd Ginn Jr. fumble on a get back that ultimately generated a Panthers touchdown. Cam Newton was able to capitalize on several opportunities, showing he is really as strong as from the time that terrible car accident he was involved with just two weeks ago.
The Panthers’defense made a massive statement in this game, holding the Cardinals’offense to only 108 total yards.
Linebacker Luke Kuechly, the current NFL leader in tackles this season, was his usual dominant self. He recorded eight tackles in just the very first half, and had an integral interception early in the fourth quarter once the Cardinals were deep in Panthers’territory. This is the play that, i think, put the game away for Carolina.
The Panthers started getting hot at the ideal time this season, and it continued in Saturday’s game. All I can say is, I wouldn’t want to handle them in the upcoming weeks. They are a well-rounded team with plenty of momentum and a force to be reckoned with in these 2015 playoffs.