Earlier this week, injured center Ryan Kalil noted the Panthers are 2 yards away from being a 3-2 team.
Had the Panthers been able to score a touchdown on fourth and goal from the 1 against Seattle, or get a first down against Atlanta in the closing minutes, Carolinas record would be much different than it is now.
Its difficult to simulate finishing games in practice, so the coaching staff emphasizes finishing plays, hoping that will carry over to Sundays.
As the plays winding down, the stress is to finish it, Rivera said. Running backs take it past a certain point. Defensive players get after the ball and get all 11 guys around the ball. Offensive line, hey the balls thrown were breaking downfield to cover. Those are all those little emphases that you can have.