Back at the beginning of the season, it was looking like Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera was a dead man walking and his quarterback Cam Newton was on his way to becoming a bust. But the Panthers have shown how a season can be turned even if no one is expecting it and now Carolina is playing for the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs.
The Falcons are on the complete opposite side of the standings as the Panthers and are struggling to get to five wins on the season. But they’re playing the part of spoiler yet again this week and are hanging tight with a Panthers team looking to win the NFC South. One of the reasons the Panthers are in that position is thanks to Cam Newton reviving the career of Ted Ginn Jr., who caught a huge touchdown just before halftime to give the Panthers a 14-10 lead in Atlanta.
Carolina is the cinderella team of the NFL this season and it’s hard to not root for them defying the odds. It’s also hard to not root for Ted Ginn Jr. reviving his career thanks to Cam Newton as the Panthers continue to be the feel good story we were looking for in 2013.