On the Prowl 12/29: Blessing in Disguise

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PANTHERS LOSS COULD BE BLESSING IN DISGUSE: Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report writes that the Panthers' loss to Atlanta will be among the best things to happen to them this season. Meanwhile, Will Brinson of CBS Sports provides additional support to the argument and explains why losing the undefeated season is not such a bad thing.

JUST WHAT THE TEAM NEEDED: *Don Banks of SI.com looks at the benefit of losing and why it might be just what the Panthers needed. *READ MORE

PANTHERS PERSPECTIVE: Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com says the Panthers' perspective should not change after suffering their first loss of the season. READ MORE

PANTHERS PULSE:The Panthers.com crew discusses the team's determination to put the first loss of the season behind them as quickly as possible and move on to the next game. Watch the video below.

PANTHERS MEET KOBE: With the Los Angeles Lakers in town and futher Hall-of-Famer Kobe Bryant on his farewell tour, several Panthers stopped by the Time Warner Cable Arena to salute the future Hall-of-Famer. READ MORE

POWER RANKINGS UPDATE: Following their first loss of the season, the Panthers slipped one spot to No.2 in several of the weekly power rankings by national media outlets, including ESPN, FoxSports, CBS Sports and Pro Football Talk. Despite the loss, the Panthers held on to the top spot in the weekly rankings from NFL.com, Pro Football Focus and USA Today.

CAR-ATL GAME GRADES:Defensive tackle Kawann Short was the Panthers' highest graded player according to Pro Football Focus, yielding a 7.4 grade thanks to a strong run-stopping performance. READ MORE

View the top photos by photographer Kent Smith from Carolina's game against Atlanta.

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