The New Orleans Saints have nothing to play for in Sunday's regular-season finale. Neither do the Carolina Panthers.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Now that the Panthers have lost seven straight games and have been officially eliminated from playoff contention, the biggest question remaining is who'll be around next season.
"I'm very happy where I am. I really do appreciate my place here on this football team, and in this city, and in this community," Rivera said of his coaching job with the Panthers.
A Saints player gifted Cam Newton a bottle of wine and a broom after beating the Panthers in all three meetings last season.
Mike Adams, undrafted in 2004, has become one of the NFL's longest tenured defensive players.
Newton, as competitive as he is, only wants to be on the field helping the Panthers get out of the rut they're in.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Panthers coach Ron Rivera will take over defensive play calls from coordinator Eric Washington following the team's four-game losing streak.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) If the Carolina Panthers are going to pull out of a frustrating tailspin, they'll have to do it without three-time Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen.
Donte Jackson has four interceptions thus far in his rookie campaign. He had four picks through his entire three-year career at LSU.
Newton pointed out that all but one of Carolina's losses have been one-possession games.