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CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 12: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates after a touchdown pass to Steve Smith #89 in the second quarter against the San Francisco 49ers during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Bank of America Stadium on January 12, 2014 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

A Look Back At An Impressive 2013 For Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

The Carolina Panthers really weren’t even expected to contend for a playoff spot this season, but they surpassed all expectations and then some. Unfortunately, a team they got the better of during the regular season got the better of them in the playoffs.

01/14/2014

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 29: Greg Olsen #88 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates after making a catch for a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on December 29, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Extra Week Of Rest Allows Panthers To Be Very Healthy For 49ers

The Carolina Panthers were thrilled to get the first-round bye in the NFL playoffs because it meant one less game between them and the Super Bowl. They were also very grateful for it because it allowed a number of players to fully heal up.

01/10/2014

TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 15: Cornerback Carlos Rogers #22 of the San Francisco 49ers defends against a pass to wide receiver Vincent Jackson #83 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers December15, 2013 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Injuries To Carlos Rogers And Steve Smith Should Not Drastically Effect 49ers Or Panthers

The only two notable names that could miss this Sunday’s game between the 49ers and Panthers are Steve Smith and Carlos Rogers. While it’s unlikely that Smith will sit, it would not be a surprise to see Rogers not dressed. Regardless of what happens, both teams will be fine, and shouldn’t have to make any major adjustments.

01/10/2014

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 22: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 22, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Panthers Severely Lacking In Playoff Experience As They Prepare For Niners

The Carolina Panthers have not been to the playoffs since 2008. The upcoming game against the San Francisco 49ers will mark just the fifth time in franchise history that the Panthers have been to the playoffs, and that means the team is severely lacking in playoff experience.

01/08/2014

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - NOVEMBER 10: Frank Gore #21 of the San Francisco 49ers in action against the Carolina Panthers at Candlestick Park on November 10, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

49ers Want Payback In Rematch With Carolina Panthers

Up next for the 49ers are the Carolina Panthers. Although the Panthers came to Candlestick earlier this season and beat San Francisco, the 49ers are the better team and have a very good shot at winning their second straight road playoff game.

01/07/2014

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 29: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates their 21-20 win over the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on December 29, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Panthers Need To Focus On Their Opponent, Not Themselves

The Carolina Panthers have a first-round bye in the upcoming playoffs and they have an extra week to prepare for whatever team may end up facing them in Bank of America Stadium. Cam Newton recently said that they don’t care who their opponent is, but the key to winning is forgetting about egos and focusing on their opponent.

01/02/2014

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 29: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on December 29, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Newton Needs Panthers Players To Step Up

The Carolina Panthers had to win the last game of the season to get the NFC South title and a first-round bye so it’s not like it was a time they could rest their players. Steve Smith had to sit out with an injury, and there were not a lot of other options for Cam Newton to rely on, but there need to be.

12/31/2013

Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on Nov. 4, 2012 in Landover, Md. (credit: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

NFL Plans To Crack Down On Excessive Celebrations This Season

The taunting rule is nothing new in the NFL, but what some critics have dubbed the “No Fun League,” officials will now go a step further to enforce the rule.

08/07/2013

Steve Smith. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Steve Smith Unloads After Blown Lead: ‘It’s Getting Old’

The Panthers had just blown another one, and Steve Smith couldn’t contain himself.

CBS Chicago–10/28/2012

Brandon Marshall makes a catch with Josh Norman covering. (Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)

Notebook: Cutler, Marshall Take Advantage Of Soft Coverage On Final Drive

Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall seemed somewhat surprised at the coverage the Panthers used on the Bears’ game-winning drive.

10/28/2012

Calvin Johnson.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Fantasy Football: Top 10 NFL Wide Receivers

The NFL becomes more of a passing league every year. Here are the top 10 fantasy football options at wide receiver.

08/16/2012

Calvin Johnson. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

NFL Films Ranks Top 5 NFL Wide Receivers

Greg Cossell of NFL films recently put together a ranking of the top five wide receivers in the league.

670 The Score–07/19/2012

Brandon Meriweather. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Report: Meriweather Fined $20K For Hit

According to a report from the Chicago Tribune, Bears safety Brandon Meriweather was fined $20,000 by the league for a helmet-to-helmet hit on the Panther’s Steve Smith in Sunday’s win.

CBS Chicago–10/06/2011

D.J. Moore  is mobbed by teammates after returning an interception for a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Bernstein: At Least They Didn’t Lose

This one was a must-must, a necessary condition for continuing one’s emotional investment in a severely flawed Bears team, even if one may know better.

670 The Score–10/02/2011

Jay Cutler hands off the ball to Matt Forte during a game against the Carolina Panthers at Soldier Field. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Hoge’s Notebook: Cutler, Martz Not On Same Page

Despite the Bears’ offense showing signs of life on the ground in Sunday’s 34-29 win over the Panthers, it would be a stretch to say all 11 men on that side of the ball were clicking.

670 The Score–10/02/2011

Matt Forte runs the ball against the Carolina Panthers.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Forte’s Career Day Carries Bears Over Panthers 34-29

Devin Hester set an NFL record with his 11th punt return for a touchdown, Forte ran for a career-high 205 yards and the Bears beat Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers 34-29 on Sunday.

CBS Chicago–10/02/2011

Greg Olsen

Bears Trade Olsen To Panthers For Draft Pick

The Bears traded tight end Greg Olsen to the Carolina Panthers for an undisclosed draft pick.

CBS Chicago–07/28/2011

Mike Martz and Devin Hester

Shepkowski: Martz Holding Bears Offense Back

It’s amazing how an offensive coordinator who guided the Bears to the 30th ranked offense in the league a year ago remains with so much power.

CBS Chicago–07/25/2011

Steve Smith

Steve Smith Officially Out For Bears Game

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers will be without top receiver Steve Smith and starting safety Sherrod Martin against Chicago because of injuries. Smith hasn’t practiced since spraining his left ankle in Sunday’s loss to […]

10/08/2010

Steve Smith

Bears Likely To Face A Panthers Team Without Steve Smith

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The winless Carolina Panthers likely will be without top receiver Steve Smith for at least one game because of a high ankle sprain. Smith’s agent, Derrick Fox, said Monday the four-time Pro […]

670 The Score–10/04/2010