The rest of the team reportedly was stewed that Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was caught on camera last time telling the Panthers to get the (expletive) off their field in Atlanta. It all seemed a little juvenile and misguided for such a lowly team like Carolina.
And then the Panthers backed up all the talk.
This time, Hardy was the one telling Atlanta to "Get the (expletive) off our field," according to the Charlotte Observer.
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"I don't think they came to play. We did," Johnson said."We were hungry. I think we just wanted it more than they did."
This was the performance we expected to see out of Carolina more often. The Panthers are 4-9, but they have a franchise quarterback who has accounted for 11 touchdowns and no interceptions over the last month.
One game isn't going to save coach Ron Rivera's job. Three more just like this, however, could do the trick.Follow Gregg Rosenthal on Twitter @greggrosenthal.