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Is wearing 'NFL's Greatest' uniform smart?

12/12/2013

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- If you're at all superstitious, you won't like the Carolina Panthers' choice of uniform colors for Sunday's game against the New York Jets.

The Panthers will dust off the all-black combination that won the controversial NFL.com "Greatest Uniform in NFL History" contest with almost 90 percent of the vote for the third time in team history.

They are 0-2 in all black.

Carolina lost 36-14 at home against Denver in 2012 wearing this combination for the first time. It also lost this year's preseason game at Philadelphia 14-9.

The Panthers (9-4) don't need to make that 0-3 against the Jets, needing to win to have any chance of making next week's game against New Orleans meaningful as far as the NFC South title is concerned.

They have to win their final three games against the Jets, Saints and at Atlanta and hope the Saints lose two of three, including the Dec. 22 game against Carolina, to win the division.

The Panthers don't need to lose -- period -- as they attempt to secure a playoff bid for the first time since 2008. Although currently the No. 5 seed, they are tied with San Francisco and only a game ahead of Arizona.

They own the tie-breaker against San Francisco based on a 10-9 win but would lose the tie-breaker to Arizona based on a 22-6 loss.

As for why the uniform competition was controversial, there were no limits on the number of times a person could vote and it seemed rather strange that a combination that had been worn only once won.

Just saying.