CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Coach Ron Rivera says Carolina's 31-13 loss to the Saints Sunday night was a "humbling experience" and could help his team to refocus as it makes a playoff push.
Rivera said Monday, "Maybe we got a little full of ourselves and thought we were capable of just showing up."
It was Carolina's most lopsided loss of the season.
But while Carolina players were already talking about rematch with the Saints at home on Dec. 22, Rivera said it's vital they focus on preparing for Sunday's game against the New York Jets, a team with playoff aspirations of their own.
Carolina and San Francisco lead all NFC wild card contenders at 9-4, but Arizona (8-5) and Dallas (7-5) remain in the hunt with three games left in the regular season.