Carolina Panthers Twenty Bracket Round 3 Part 2

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Sep 14, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) celebrates with quarterbacks Derek Anderson (3) and Joe Webb (right) after a touchdown during the third quarter against the Detroit Lions at Bank of America Stadium. Carolina defeated Detroit 24-7. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports


1 Seed CAM NEWTON over 5 Seed Thomas Davis

Super Cam really is the defining feature of the Rivera Era. His first game as a rookie resulted in a four hundred yard performance. The kinds of things that Newton is asked to do have changed over the years, but he still is the engine of the Panthers offense. Davis, as a linebacker, just does not have quite the influence that Newton does.

2 Seed LUKE KUECHLY over 3 Seed Dave Gettleman

This will set up the matchup that we really wanted, Newton vs Kuechly. What Newton is for the offense, Kuechly is for the defense. Neither player was drafted by Gettleman, so he can only take credit for negotiating Newton’s extension.