Did you see the New England – Carolina game?
The way how it ended made me think, we are seeing something truly significant here. There’s a changing of the NFL guard.
Granted, its only a suspicion New England got an edge from the officials. Then again, they had one of the most infamous calls in the history of the NFL, the Tuck Rule, which moved them to the front of the NFL, to true contender for a lengthy period of time.
The non-call on Rob Gronkowski getting held in the end zone at the end of the Carolina game, to me was significant. New England gets that call. They get the benefit of the doubt almost all the time. Picking up that flag and making Carolina the winner, to me signifies the NFL is willing to prop up its championship caliber teams. That’s the NFL walking away from the Patriots.
Carolina, on the other hand defeated the defending NFC champion, followed by the AFC runner-up, in back-to-back games. Carolina did it by playing hard and physical in both games. That team is led by Cam Newton, and he’s not shrinking from the task. I’ve long had questions and suspicions of Cam Newton but that guy can play. He’s a top notch quarterback, the true prototype of the big running QB who can get the ball downfield with accuracy. Even more importantly, they can get stops. As great a job as John Fox did in getting Carolina to a Super Bowl, Cam Newton sets the Panthers up for long-term success.