The Panthers dominated total yardage, Cam Newton converted a string of third downs and the defensive line shut down Alex Smith's aerial attack. Before All-Pro safety Eric Berry returned a fourth-quarter interception for a touchdown, ProFootballReference.com gave Carolina a 99.2 percent chance to win.
Although the margin for error means Carolina might have to win out to secure a postseason berth, Newton insists there's "no need to panic."
"Whatever our record is, it's not good," Newton added. "But yet we have a locker room full of winners and a locker room full of fight still, and I know I'm willing to go to battle with those guys. I can't wait until Thursday."