The Steelers and Panthers still have championship aspirations in part because of their tremendous success on the road this season.
The Panthers' plan coming in was to stop Tiki Barber and they excuted it to perfection in routing the Giants.
The last-second good fortune that had existed all season for the Panthers finally ran out in Super Bowl XXXVIII.
It isn't always pretty. It isn't always popular. But the Super Bowl matches two remarkable 'teams.'
As the Panthers marched through the season, they found inspiration in cancer patients Sam Mills and Mark Fields.
Regardless of who's playing on offense or defense, every team needs a good coach.
Rodney Peete, 36, hadn't thrown a pass in the NFL since 1999. But he's led the Panthers to a 3-0 start.