It was a workmanlike approach with a healthy dose of Panther personality ahead of Sunday’s NFC Championship.
Said running back
Rivera was very proud of his team’s execution in the challenging conditions.
"On the offensive side, I don’t think we dropped a pass," Rivera said. "That was really good to see, despite the conditions – raining, sleeting, snow, hail, whatever it was – guys focused and our tempo was really good."
Added Addison: "We went through our Friday prep like we normally do. You can’t let ‘it’ get in the way."
"I think too much is being made of the field situation because the truth of the matter is, this is January," said Rivera, adding that players will have plenty of time to choose the right cleats. "Any grass fields throughout the league – with the exception of Arizona because they have that indoor/outdoor thing – that’s what’s going to happen. You’re going to play in these types of conditions. That’s football."
TRIO HONORED: The awards just keep rolling in.
Newton, named MVP and Offensive Player of the Year earlier this week by the PFWA, has been invited to accept his NFL 101 at the Kansas City organization's 46th annual awards gala March 5. Same goes for Rivera, named PFWA Coach of the Year earlier in the week.
Norman shared the PFWA most improved honor with Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins.