The Carolina Panthers are for real
Why an elite defense can carry Carolina into the postseason
Updated: November 11, 2013, 2:13 PM ETBy Matt Williamson | ESPN Insider
Grant Halverson/Getty ImagesLuke Kuechly leads a dominant Carolina Panthers defense.The Carolina Panthers came into San Francisco on Sunday and won 10-9 in a physical, grind-it-out football game. It's the type of game this team simply hasn't won the past couple of seasons. Carolina's defense was fantastic and the offense under Cam Newton did enough to win. The Panthers have now won five in a row, are 6-3 overall and find themselves in the thick of the NFC South race and overall playoff picture.
Are the Panthers for real? And can this exceptional defense carry them to the playoffs?
To read more about how good Carolina's defense is and if the Panthers can make the playoffs, you must be an ESPN Insider.
MORE NFL HEADLINES
- NFL or Michigan? Harbaugh said to be torn
- Cowboys list Murray (hand) as questionable
- Slip of the tongue: Obama shouts out Flacco
- Rivera 'confident' Newton will start Sunday