What they are saying

Read some of the things that have been written recently regarding the Panthers and Chicago Bears playoff matchup this weekend.

"In the course of two games, Foster has gone from a question mark to a full-fledged feature back and a player the Panthers must re-sign before he becomes a free agent in March." – Pat Yasinskas, Charlotte Observer

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"Since 1990, road teams in the playoffs have a 45-109 record (.292). During the regular season, road teams have won at a .413 clip since 2002, but the Panthers are 18-14 on the road over that span (.563).

Under Fox, they have feasted, pushing their postseason road record to 3-0, also winning at St. Louis and Philadelphia during the 2003 run." – Darin Gantt, Rock Hill Herald

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"Panthers head coach John Fox said he had "a gut feeling" after the Carolina's loss to Chicago that the Panthers and Bears would meet again at some point in the postseason.

But to advance to the NFC Championship game, the Panthers will again have to win on the road, where they're 7-2 this season. Because they have a strong defense and suddenly are able to run the football, the Panthers appear to be a team built to win on the road." – Steve Reed, Gaston Gazette

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""I think in some ways we were out-coached," Barber blurted afterward, no doubt shocking Coach Tom Coughlin of the Giants and his staff with this blunt admission.

Wide receiver Plaxico Burress of the Giants added: "The bottom line is we got the hell beat out of us.... They had a great plan, man." It produced the first shutout of the Giants in a home playoff game since 1943, when they played at the Polo Grounds and Franklin D. Roosevelt was president. It was the first time that a home team was shut out in the NFL playoffs in more than a quarter of a century, dating back to a 9-0 triumph recorded by the old Los Angeles Rams over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Jan. 5, 1980." Joe Menzer, Winston-Salem Journal

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"Actually, after destroying the Giants and allowing just 132 total yards, the Panthers jumped ahead of the Bears into the No. 2 slot for yardage allowed. Based on the 17-game results, Tampa Bay is first.

Safety Mike Minter considered a question about stopping Bears running back Thomas Jones, who had 87 yards in the Bears' 13-3 win over Carolina, and decided it was a little silly.

"Do I think we can stop Jones?" Minter mused. "I believe we just stopped the second-best running back in the NFL (New York's Tiki Barber). If we can do that to him, I feel we can do that to anybody."" – John Mullin, Chicago Tribune

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