Panthers, Patriots and Bengals locked up playoff berths this weekend

12/23/13 in NFL   |   Mia781   |   953 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsThe Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots and the Carolina Panthers have secured the NFL playoff berths and the remaining four spots are still open. Their contestants will face each other in the final games of the regular season and the winners will decide who will make it and who will not be seeing the playoffs.
The Panthers are in the playoffs for the first time since 2008 and that is all thanks to quarterback Cam Newton who managed to keep the plays coming despite being shut down. This endurance in the end was what kept the Panthers going and in the end he Domenik Hixon received a 14 yard touchdown pass from Newton with only 23 seconds remaining on the clock, which secured the game for the Panthers.
Newton said that they didn’t have much offense to speak of but they sure didn’t give up and it paid off in the end. 
"It wasn't pretty, but we got it done," Newton said. "There was a lack of offense in the whole game but we just have a lot of resilient guys. This was our test as a playoff team."
The Bengals decimated the Minnesota Vikings 42-14 in which their quarterback Andy Dalton threw for 4 touchdowns and a total of 366 yards. Bengals guard Andrew Whitworth said that they had won the battle but the war for the Super Bowl had yet to be won. 
"This team didn't set out to make the playoffs. We set out to try and go to the Super Bowl and that goal hasn't been reached yet," Whitworth said. "We've still got some work to do."
Chicago Bears had a chance to claim the NFC North Division as well as the playoff berth but the Philadelphia Eagles showed them otherwise, winning the match. Now they are scheduled to face the Green Bay Packers on coming Sunday and the match will decide solely who is in and who is out.
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