The Panthers just pulled off a huge win on “Monday Night Football,” whipping rival Tampa Bay 38-23 to take over first place in the NFC South
Now, all seems possible for Carolina. If the Panthers (10-3) sweep their last three regular-season games, they will hold home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.
If the season ended today, Carolina would be the No.2 seed, trailing the New York Giants (11-2). Those two teams meet Sunday, Dec.21 at Giants Stadium. Carolina first plays Denver Sunday at home and then closes the regular season on the road at New Orleans Dec.28.
The Panthers won this game by imposing their will on Tampa Bay’s proud defense. Both Carolina RBs went well over 100 yards, as both DeAngelo Williams (186 rushing yards) and rookie Jonathan Stewart (115) scored two TDs and averaged more than seven yards per carry.
Tampa Bay had only allowed one rushing TD all season before giving up an embarrassing four rushing TDs Monday night before a loud and rowdy crowd announced at 74,113.
This was undoubtedly one of the best nights in franchise history for Carolina. The Panthers never trailed but were tied at 3-all, 10-all and 17-all before a 21-point fourth quarter by the Panthers put the game out of reach.