Seahawks QB Russell Wilson and Panthers LB Luke Kuechly were named the NFC and AFC Rookies of the Month for December.
The Falcons came up short against the Bucs in a game where they nothing to gain, and the Panthers rallied against the Saints in Week 17.
Drew Brees made more NFL history, but so did the Saints' defense in an undesirable way, and the Panthers rallied to a 44-38 victory Sunday.
The Falcons clinched the No. 1 seed in the NFC with their win over the Lions in Week 16. Meanwhile, the Bucs continued to implode.
Cam Newton threw for 171 yards and a touchdown and ran for 60 yards and another score, and the Panthers defeated the Raiders 17-6 on Sunday.
While the Panthers’ issues extended well beyond the QB position during their 1-6 start, Cam Newton’s struggles were part of the problem.
For much of the past decade, the Panthers’ pass rush has been a one-man show. DE Greg Hardy has not allowed that to be the case this season, though.
The Falcons bounced back in a big way Sunday as the Panthers stayed hot and the Saints dealt the Bucs a brutal loss.
Mike Tolbert scored twice against his former team as the Panthers beat San Diego 31-7 Sunday.
The Week 15 game between the Chargers and Panthers at Qualcomm Stadium will be blacked out on local television in San Diego.
The Panthers placed S Haruki Nakamura on injured reserve Tuesday after he suffered a groin injury in Sunday’s win over the Falcons.
This week, PFW selects Cam Newton, Stevie Brown and David Wilson as its Players of the Week.
The Falcons, Saints and Buccaneers each took a big step backward Sunday, but the Panthers earned their best win of the Ron Rivera-era.
Cam Newton threw for 287 yards and two touchdowns and scored on a 72-yard run as the Panthers defeated the Falcons 30-20 on Sunday.
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