The Panthers are 8-2, and that dream to be Super Bowl Champions don't seem as much of a dream as it is a goal. We're 3rd in the league standings as the only 8-2 team, and 1st in the division title race.
The only team that has been 8-2 in our history was the Super Bowl Contenders of 2003. If we were to follow completely in the steps of our ancestors, we would lose the next 3 games and hit another 3 game winning streak on our way to the playoffs and eventually the Super Bowl.
There is no denying how important this next game is. It's probably the biggest game we have played all year. It's week 11 and the playoff race is beginning to take shape. We win this game and we put the Atlanta Falcons out of the division title race and leave them scratching for a wildcard. We lose this game and the Falcons are right back in the thick of things and the division is heavily contested between the Bucs, the Falcons, and the Panthers.
But it's more than that.
This game is about separating us from the teams of the past. It's about proving to everyone that we're too good to be left under the radar. It's about showing the fans once again that Jake Delhomme is a Quarterback you can rely on when the chips are down. It's about showing off our running game that will surely be there for years to come. It's about watching Julius Peppers get moved around the defensive line to those "OMGWTF?" matchups so that their QB can throw a interception to a outstanding secondary led by Jon Beason.
Most importantly, it's about showing that we deserve the Lombardi Trophy more than anyone else.