CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Cam Newton's Superman celebration returned Sunday.
So did that confident look on the face of the Carolina's second-year quarterback, a fact that wasn't lost on Panthers coach Ron Rivera.
Rivera said Monday that Newton and his teammates gained some much needed confidence following a 21-13 win Sunday over the Washington Redskins.
Now he can only hope it carries over to the second half of the season.
Nobody is talking about playoffs in Carolina -- they have the worst record (2-6) in the NFC at the midway point of the season -- but Rivera believes Newton has regained some of the swagger that he displayed in 2011 as the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year after engineering three touchdown drives against the Redskins.
"It's all about confidence," Rivera said. "You play this game better when you're confident and when you know things are going to happen for you (instead of) just hoping. It's a mentality."
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