CHARLOTTE, N.C. Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons marked an opportunity for Carolina to either solidify its status as a playoff contender ... or dredge up thoughts of Same Old Panthers from years past.
With the meat of their schedule on the horizon, the Panthers (5-3) proved the former on this day, beating the Falcons 34-10 to notch their fourth straight win.
Here are four observations from Carolina's victory, which was a closer game than final score may indicate:
1. The Panthers proved they can win when Cam Newton struggles
From a history standpoint, Newton tossing two interceptions has been a recipe for defeat. Since his arrival in Charlotte, the Panthers are 0-9 when throwing multiple picks.
Yet, somehow, the Panthers won. That's why left tackle Jordan Gross says it's the proudest he's been of his quarterback.
"It wasnt real pretty. He was getting banged around in the pocket, the run game was slow starting, but (Newton) had to kind of hang in there and take our pun...