When going from college football to the NFL, people always talk about the speed difference between the two levels. Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who played in his first playoff game, says that postseason football is a different speed than the regular season.
“Playoff football is a different speed than regular season. I learned that firsthand today,” Newton said, via the team’s official website. “You have to seize the moment when the moment allows. We had too many opportunities that slipped through our hands, and that was just the story of the day.”
The Panthers lost to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, failing to advance to the NFC Championship game. Newton played decently, completing 16 of 25 passes for 267 yards and a touchdown. Unfortunately for the Panthers, Newton also threw two interceptions and was sacked five times.
“Going into this game we were amped and ready to go, but you have to play four quarters of football, and we didn’t do that today,” Newton said. “A lot of credit goes to the 49ers and their preparation and how they executed the game plan today. We didn’t make enough plays.”