Carolina Panthers Twenty Bracket: Rivera Region

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Jan 3, 2015; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson (95) sacks Arizona Cardinals quarterback Ryan Lindley (14) during the fourth quarter in the 2014 NFC Wild Card playoff football game at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

Rivera Region: 8 Seed Charles Johnson vs 9 Seed Greg Hardy

Eighth Seed – Charles Johnson

Johnson is known as big money. He taken as a third round project and then became the Panthers’ main rusher after the departure of Julius Peppers. He got paid like it too to keep him around. The Panthers put Hardy across from him, which helped but Hardy is gone and once again Johnson will gain the most attention up on that front line.

Ninth Seed – Greg Hardy

Hardy also worked from being undervalued in the draft. Then he had a 15 sack season and looked unstoppable at times. The Panthers could not get him to agree to an extension, he was franchised, and then he didn’t play last year due to his domestic violence case. Now he is in Dallas. A lot of ups and downs there