Caption this: The group photo the Carolina Panthers took in the closing minutes of their 38-0 victory over Atlanta two weeks ago didn’t sit well with Atlanta Falcons linebacker O’Brien Schofield.
After the Falcons gained a measure of revenge by beating the Panthers 20-13 on Sunday and spoiling their perfect season, Schofield said the Falcons hadn’t forgotten the Panthers’ celebration near the end of the first meeting.
Quarterback Cam Newton gathered the offensive players around him for a photo on the sideline with two minutes left in the game. A national columnist took exception to it, and so did Schofield.
“We saw what happened, the whole team picture thing on the sideline. There’s a better way to win. There’s a better way to show class if you get a victory,” Schofield said. “They got off the field pretty fast today. It wasn’t like it was in Carolina.”
In fairness, it should be noted that Falcons owner Arthur Blank dabbed in the Atlanta locker room after Sunday’s game.