The Panthers toppled the Cardinals 27-16 on Saturday night in Charlotte. Here are nine takeaways from that game.
There's Gatorade baths and then there's what happened to Jeremy Maclin on Sunday.
In which we examine the stock of various players from the first preseason week of the NFL, with a special focus on the rookies.
With the Steelers looking to find receiver depth, rookie Markus Wheaton gave Pittsburgh a spark Saturday.
The Steelers finished 8-8 after a 6-3 start, so their final grades aren't going to be pretty after that final semester's work. Injuries undermined an already thin lineup, with players considered regulars or starters missing a sum total of 60 games this season. But the standard of play dropped precipitously in the final half of the season, with that 2-5 finish.
On Thursday, the day after tight end Heath Miller and cornerback Ike Taylor were added to IR, it was announced that Steelers teammates named their Pro Bowl tight end as team MVP -- the same day Miller underwent knee surgery. Here is the Rapid Reports version of team MVPs.
After losing five of their previous six games, the Steelers produced a season-high four turnovers and turned two of them into touchdowns. That proved to be the difference in a 24-10 defeat of Cleveland that pulled the door closed on a season draped in mediocrity and disappointment.
Thursday was a mixed bag for Steelers TE Heath Miller. He had knee surgery that will lead to months of grueling rehab, but he also was named the Steelers' MVP.
The Steelers' wideouts dropped at least a handful of passes, including Mike Wallace, who had three drops with seven catches for 112 yards and two touchdowns.
A few days after a report said that Chargers coach Norv Turner and GM A.J. Smith would be fired at the end of the season, San Diego played its best game so far in 2012, upsetting the Steelers 34-24 on Sunday in Pittsburgh.

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