Maybe I am too used to using simple logic. I didn't think I was completely clueless about football, although I am still learning new things all the time. So someone help me out here - What is the difference between a playoff game and a regular football game?
Loose one and done, I get that. Football is a game played by two teams of 11 players on a rectangular field 100 yards long; teams try to get possession of the ball and advance it across the opponents goal line in a series of (running or passing) plays. Does that change because it's a playoff game? Are the quarters shorter? I don't see the difference in the actual game play. Do all other QBs get a Harry Potter wand except Cam? Am I missing something?
I don't understand some of the comments I have seen like "the panthers have no playoff experience". What "experience" is required? They just played an entire season .. They won the division title. They have issues.. all teams have issues - we have overcome ours enough to win 12 times. Why does it seem like some insurmountable obstacle to win a playoff game now? I know they have to play better than the opposing team to progress to the next round. So, please explain the difference to me. I thought it was a football game just like regular season, but if you don't win, you are done. If you do win, you move on to the next level. I don't get the hype.