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A third straight win might not have been pretty, but Panthers fans can not complain when they can finish no worse than they did in 2011.
Capturing a third straight victory and sixth overall was certainly an achievement for the Carolina Panthers after some midseason faltering.
The win did come as ugly as any had this season, according to the guys over at Cat Scratch Reader, but they were happy to have another win under their belt, one which clinched at least a six-win season, and a season that could finish no worse than 2011 had.
As ugly as it might have been, a win is a win though and the Panthers managed to overcome two turnovers (an INT by Newton and a fumble by rookie Joe Adams), a feat they have yet to accomplish before...
The Panthers' Luke Kuechly was at the receiving end of much of the blog's praises on Sunday, after a "monster" game.
Luke Kuechly was all over the field in yet another stunning display, leading the team with 13 tackles, 9 solo, a tackle for a loss, 2 passes defended, and an INT that ended a dangerous drive by the Raiders.
On the other side of the coin, much of the team was admonished by the bloggers for some sloppy play that also led to unnecessary penalties.
Countless personal foul penalties marred both sides of the ball, some justified and some not so much. In particular, Cam Newton was getting a little hot under the collar, being involved in an early altercation with some Raiders players and then later foolishly getting into the face of a referee which cost him more yards.