Jan 12, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera reacts during the first quarter of the 2013 NFC divisional playoff football game against the San Francisco 49ers at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera states the obvious on loss to 49ers: 'They got inside our head'


The Carolina Panthers came up short on Sunday in their NFC Divisional Playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers at home in Charlotte, and throughout the game, you could tell that this team didn’t have much playoff experience, not so much physically, but mentally.

Yellow flags were flying throughout the game on both sides, but the Panthers were really hammered, being penalized eight times for a total of 73 yards. Five of those infractions resulted in first downs for San Francisco.

You could tell throughout watching the game that the battle-tested and arrogant 49ers were clearly getting the best of their inexperienced opponent mentally, and apparently so did Panthers head coach Ron Rivera.

“I think there were some things that happened in the first half that really bothered me,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. “We lost our composure a couple times and they got inside our head.”

Whatever mind games that the 49ers were playing worked to perfection in this one, as they’re the ones moving on to Seattle for next week’s NFC Championship Game and the Panthers are staying home.

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  • ahrcshaw

    Instead of the Panthers team and individual players being able to hold their heads up high with pride for even playing in the playoff in front of their home Fans, they will now have to answer to why they were blown out 23 – 10.

    Rivera is a good coach and has the proper knack for word because I think the players who caused those penalties were just plain stupid. By the most part this years Panther team played cool and smart all year as a team. The same type of stupidity helped the Panthers loose the SeaHawks game as well. Coach Rivera called it right the 49ers got into their heads big time and it made them not only loose the game but also the Character that molded the team. I as a Fan felt sorry for the players who were giving it all they had then had to put up with a stupid wrestling matchs that mean nothing but a penalty for the one who through the last punch. If this is experience then yes some Panthers were really inexperienced.