The Panthers may be celebrating a huge win over the Arizona Cardinals for the NFC Championship, but they are by no means satisfied.
Cam: the prize is the next game. #Panthers— Zach Groth (@ZachFox46) January 25, 2016
Coach Ron Rivera says as gratifying as it is to be NFC Champs, they still have work to do to win the Super Bowl.
"It's not about getting there, it's not about being a part of it, it's about winning it," Rivera said. "That will be our main focus, to focus in on who we play, and that's Denver, to focus on their players, to focus on what we do. I will stress it, when you're away from it, enjoy it, for the most part. I'm going to try and take from my experience of having been there as a player, and I will try and share some of that with some of our players once we get into the week."
Rivera: when I played in the Super Bowl, Coach Ditka emphasized to us to enjoy the moment. #Panthers— Zach Groth (@ZachFox46) January 25, 2016
He says the team won't change just because they're on football's biggest stage.
"They got to keep their personality and keep who they are. That to me is important. It's funny. You start talking to people about how to do things the next couple weeks and people start saying we should think about doing this, think about doing that, and I say, 'Well, wait a minute guys. Let's stick to what we've done. That's what got us to where we are.'"
It may be difficult for casual fans to find anything wrong with Carolina's game Sunday, but Rivera says his next step will be to find ways for the team to improve.
Rivera: there's always something that I will pick up on (criticism) and try to share that with the players. #Panthers— Zach Groth (@ZachFox46) January 25, 2016