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Teams cite better focus as impetus to road success

The Steelers and Panthers still have championship aspirations in part because of their tremendous success on the road this season.

Updated: January 22, 2006, 7:13 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- On a gleaming (if slightly chilly) Wednesday, Bank of America Stadium seemed eerily quiet. The bronze, green-eyed panthers that mark the entrance snarled in a virtual vacuum, and the field, surrounded by 73,298 empty seats, stood empty.

The last home game here was Christmas Eve -- nearly a month ago -- which underlines just how remarkable the Carolina Panthers' current run has been.

The Panthers are headed to Sunday's NFC Championship Game -- their third ...

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