Carolina Panthers

Panthers' Growl Grows Louder in Other NFL Cities

Jan 24, 2016
Carolina Panthers

For 17 weeks, in distant NFL cities like New York, Denver and San Francisco, they’ve cheered on the Carolina Panthers behind enemy lines.

Amid whispers, open snickers and often the objects of bewildering curiosity, they audaciously wear anything Panthers blue, black, silver and white: T-shirts, jerseys, sweatshirts and lately toboggans – even when they’re relegated to the smallest TV in the back of the bar.

Michael Tomsic

The Carolina Panthers are one win from the Super Bowl. They beat the Seattle Seahawks in uptown Charlotte on Sunday 31-24.

Michael Tomsic

The Carolina Panthers enter this weekend’s playoff game with the best record in the NFL and an extra week of rest. They’ll host the Seattle Seahawks, who knocked them out of the playoffs last year.

Andreas Seibold

The Carolina Panthers enter the playoffs with the NFL’s best record at 15-1 and the best record in their 20-year history. Players and coaches say at the heart of the team, leading on the field and off, is Thomas Davis. Davis has come back from three major knee surgeries since the Panthers drafted him a decade ago. Despite that, he's now among the NFL's best linebackers. But that's just one piece of his reputation in Charlotte, where his work with kids is what stands out to many.

There were 62 murders in Charlotte last year, a big increase from 2014. Meanwhile, the new year already has seen its first homicide, a fatal shooting off Beatties Ford Road early Sunday. And with temperatures forecast in the mid-50s, the Carolina Panthers will host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 4:25 today at Bank of America Stadium. 

North Carolina State Parks

A man was rescued Saturday after being stranded on an island in the Broad River for several days. Meanwhile, federal prosecutors are hoping several suspects can be extradited from Jamaica in 2016 to face trial on charges they bilked Americans out of millions of dollars with promises of lottery winnings. One of the scammers already tried and sentenced was arrested in North Carolina two years ago. And North Carolina state parks are getting ready to celebrate their centennial with hikes on New Year's Day. 

ron rivera
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The NFL today suspended Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. for one game. Beckham’s behavior in Sunday’s game against the Panthers has been under much scrutiny, particularly for launching at the head of Panthers defensive back Josh Norman.

In a press conference Monday, Panthers coach Ron Rivera wouldn’t enter the debate over appropriate punishment. He simply said it’s up to the NFL.

Meanwhile, Rivera indicated his philosophy in the debate over whether to rest key players to avoid injury heading into the playoffs.

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As the Carolina Panthers prepared for Sunday’s game at the New York Giants, Coach Ron Rivera said his team can’t worry about the big picture issues – an undefeated season, playoffs or a possible title. They have to take one game at a time.  Meanwhile, Robert Brawley, the former state legislator who is challenging Gov. Pat McCrory, is in hot water for requesting leniency for a friend serving a life sentence for child molestation.

FBI

A 71-year-old woman died in a rollover crash on Harris Boulevard Saturday, and Charlotte Mecklenburg police say the car’s driver may have a had a medical episode just before she lost control. Meanwhile, the FBI and Mooresville police put out an alert seeking help finding a 16-year-old girl (photo) who hasn’t been seen since Wednesday.  She was found safe Sunday night. And in Winston-Salem, police are under pressure to release officers’ body cams after a black man died while in police custody last week. 

David Boraks

Hillary Clinton says she would be willing to break up big financial institutions if the need arose.  The front runner for the Democratic presidential nomination spoke at a Democratic Party rally in North Charleston Saturday.  Meanwhile, more Carolinians are expected to travel this year for Thanksgiving, and they'll find much lower gas prices.

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