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CHARLOTTE https://www.carolinapanthersfanshop.com/...lls-Jersey , N.C. (AP) — Ron Rivera is clinging to the slim hope the Panthers can rebound from a five-game losing streak, beat the Saints twice in three weeks and earn a wild card spot in the NFC playoffs.The coach understands the chances of all of that happening are remote at best.“There’s a chance — five percent,” Rivera said Tuesday. “That’s what they are giving us, so that’s what we will take. … All you need is a chance.”Actually, Carolina’s playoff hopes are a little better than that after the Vikings lost to the Seahawks on Monday night. According to the website FiveThirtyEight, which analyzes NFL teams’ chances of reaching the postseason https://www.carolinapanthersfanshop.com/...rey-Jersey , the Panthers have a nine percent chance to reach the playoffs.Rivera relayed the team’s chances to his players on Tuesday as a sort of dangling carrot.“That would be a great story wouldn’t it?” Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers said. “If we won this game and then won two more and made it in?”When asked if he really thinks that can happen, Peppers smiled and said, “of course it can happen. We expect it to happen, actually.”One look at the standings and the task doesn’t seem all that daunting considering the Panthers (6-7) are just a half-game behind the Vikings (6-6-1) in the race for the second wild card spot, tied with the Eagles and Redskins. The Panthers hold a tiebreaker advantage over the Eagles, but not the Redskins.That doesn’t factor in the Panthers haven’t won a game since Oct. 28 https://www.carolinapanthersfanshop.com/...ams-Jersey , and will close the season with three games against division foes — including two against the division champion Saints, the first of which is Monday night at home.Rivera said his plan is to stick with Cam Newton at quarterback despite a lingering right shoulder problem that has limited the former league MVP’s ability to throw downfield on a consistent basis and might have contributed to some throws sailing high. On three different occasions this season the Panthers have turned to backup Taylor Heinicke on Hail Mary attempts because of Newton’s lack of arm strength.Rivera said this season bears a resemblance to 2014 when the Panthers were 3-8-1 and managed to win their final four games to capture the NFC South and then beat the Cardinals in the first round of the playoffs.But Carolina has shown no sign of another potential turnaround up until this point. Rather, the Panthers seem to collapse time and time again when they have a chance to break through and regain control of their own playoff destiny.Carolina was 6-2 and battling for first place in the NFC South when it to went Pittsburgh in early November and got dismantled 52-21 in a nationally televised Thursday night game. The Panthers went on to lose their next four games against the Seahawks and three of the league’s lower-end teams — the Lions, Buccaneers and Browns — leading to speculation about Rivera’s future.All four of those losses were all by seven points or less.“We just keep finding ways to lose,” Newton said Sunday.Rivera felt there was a lot of good” that happened in the Browns’ loss, but that the Panthers missed chances in the red zone on offense and had four costly bad plays on defense. He sees those problems as fixable.The biggest game remaining for the Panthers will be the next one against the Saints https://www.carolinapanthersfanshop.com/...son-Jersey , a team they lost to three times last season and bumped them out of playoff contention.If the Panthers can somehow get past Sean Payton’s crew, they will host the fading Falcons on Dec. 23 and play the Saints in a rematch on Jan. 30 — a game in which New Orleans might rest some its starters if it has already solidified one of the top two seeds in the NFC playoffs.“It’s a big emphasis around here that we still have a chance to make the playoffs,” said wide receiver D.J. Moore. CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP)The Carolina Panthers are being sold for an NFL-record $2.2 billion.Hedge fund manager David Tepper has agreed to buy the Panthers from team founder Jerry Richardson, two people familiar with the situation said Tuesday. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team has not yet announced the sale.The purchase is subject to a vote at the NFL owners meeting next week in Atlanta.Richardson announced in December he was selling the team amid an NFL investigation into sexual and racial misconduct in the workplace. That decision came after a report by Sports Illustrated detailing Richardson’s alleged misconduct.The league’s investigation into the allegations is still ongoing.The price tag is the most ever paid for an NFL franchise, eclipsing the $1.4 billion the Pegula family paid to purchase the Buffalo Bills in 2014.Ben Navarro Greg Olsen Jersey , the founder and CEO of Sherman Financial Group, was considered Tepper’s biggest competitor in the bid to purchase the Panthers. He conceded Tuesday that he’d lost the bid.”My family and I are grateful to have had the opportunity to be included as a potential buyer of one of the premier assets in all of the Carolinas – the Panthers football team,” Navarro said in an email to The Associated Press. ”It would have been a privilege to become the stewards of this iconic franchise to ensure its home remains in the Carolinas where it belongs, to establish a new era of leadership and excellence on and off the field, and to leverage the team’s NFL platform to further our quest to help all children gain access to a great education.”Tepper’s plans on whether the team will remain in Charlotte for the long-term future remain unclear.The Panthers are tied to their downtown stadium through the 2018 season because of an agreement with the city. After that a new owner is free to extend the lease to the stadium, build a new stadium or possibly move the team.Moving the Panthers out of Charlotte would seem to a longshot.NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he would prefer to keep the team in Charlotte where it has been successful. The Panthers have been one of the NFL’s best supported teams with only two non-sellout games since the team began playing its home games in Charlotte in 1996.Born and raised in Pittsburgh Fozzy Whittaker Color Rush Jersey , Tepper, 60, is a part owner of the Steelers and founder and president of Appaloosa Management, a global hedge fund based in Miami.Because he holds a 5 percent stake in the Steelers, Tepper’s finances already have been vetted by the league, meaning it wouldn’t take much for NFL owners to approve the sale. However Rashaan Gaulden Jersey , Tepper would have to sell his minority ownership stake of the Steelers, per league rules.Forbes listed Tepper’s net worth at $11.4 billion in February 2017.Tepper is known for his philanthropy.He donated $55 million to Carnegie Mellon University’s business school in 2013. Tepper graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon, where the Tepper School of Business is named after him.Richardson was the first and only majority of the Panthers. He became only the first former player since George Halas to become an NFL owner when he was awarded an expansion franchise in 1993. Richardson promised fans at the time the Panthers would win a Super Bowl ”within 10 years.” Carolina has reached the Super Bowl twice, including in 2015, but has never won.—
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