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It was just like last year for the Panthers on Monday night against the Washington Football Team, unfortunately for Carolina, there almost certainly will be no Super Bowl at the end of the season for the defending NFC champions.  Cam Newton threw for 300 yards, Carolina’s running game was overwhelmingly effective and an aggressive defense forced three turnovers.

Though the Panthers did just about everything right Monday night in a 26-15 win over the Washington Washington Football Team, it’s been a rough season for a team that went 15-1 before breezing into the Super Bowl.  Carolina (6-8) has battled through injuries, free-agent defections and inexperience at key positions.

However on Monday night, the Panthers showed just how good they can be when performing to their potential. When it came to flinging the ball at his receivers, Newton was better than usual. He went 21 for 37 with two touchdowns and didn’t turn the ball over.

Jonathan Stewart backed the quarterback with a solid running game and amassed a season-high 132 yards on 25 carries.  Add a defense that allowed only one touchdown, and you’ve got the 2015 Panthers.

On Monday night the Panthers looked nothing like the group that started 1-5 and got beat by such scores as 22-10 and 40-7.  It’s true that Carolina has only a mathematical chance of getting back to the playoffs, but that’s not what drives the Panthers as the season draws to end.

According to WRAL news, Newton says the team is “playing for a ton of pride and the guy next to us.” Defensive end Wes Horton also reportedly said “Even if we didn’t have a playoff scenario, we’re still going to fight to the end. Our objective is to go undefeated the rest of the season.”

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