Rapid Reaction: Panthers 30, Broncos 10
Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas
About a month ago, there was a lot of talk about the upcoming "brutal schedule'' for the Carolina Panthers.
After midseason homecoming games with Detroit and on the road at Oakland, there seemed to be a wait-and-see consensus on the Panthers. Well, the waiting might be over or maybe it's just begun.
With Sunday's win against Denver, the Panthers have won three of their last four games and they've done it in impressive style. Since a Nov. 23 loss to Atlanta, the Panthers have defeated the Packers, Buccaneers and Broncos.
At 11-3, they've suddenly got a shot at the No. 1 seed in the NFC. And the good news is we'll get to see what, essentially, is a playoff game next Sunday.
The Panthers play the Giants, who were 11-2 heading into Sunday night's game at Dallas. They've got to go into Giants Stadium (and to New Orleans for the regular-season finale). Yeah, that's a nice way to cap off the "brutal'' part of the schedule. But, if the Panthers keep playing like they are, they could go into the playoffs already established as the NFC's best team.
3:49 4th Qtr Baltimore 22 New Orleans 13 10:44 4th Qtr Chicago 13 Cleveland 26 6:20 4th Qtr San Francisco 39 Houston 13 1:06 4th Qtr Minnesota 19 Tennessee 3 5:36 4th Qtr Denver 24 Dallas 3 End 1st Qtr Arizona 3 San Diego 3 4:43 1st Qtr Seattle 7 Oakland 21 Final Atlanta 24 Jacksonville 14 Final Detroit 23 Buffalo 0 Final Indianapolis 7 Cincinnati 35 Final New York 7 Philadelphia 37 Final St. Louis 13 Miami 14 Final Kansas City 14 Green Bay 34 Final Carolina 10 Pittsburgh 0 Final New England 13 New York 16 Final Washington 24 Tampa Bay 10