Carolina Panthers' head coach Ron Rivera describes how his team improved over the season at a brief news conference following the final team meeting of the season in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. If Rivera does not return as Carolina's coach after a second straight losing season, he can at least take pride in the fact this his players never quit on him, even rallying from 11-points down, on the road, in a low-stakes season finale, to beat the Saints 44-38 on Sunday. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)

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Carolina Panthers' head coach Ron Rivera describes how his team improved over the season at a brief news conference following the final team meeting of the season in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. If Rivera does not return as Carolina's coach after a second straight losing season, he can at least take pride in the fact this his players never quit on him, even rallying from 11-points down, on the road, in a low-stakes season finale, to beat the Saints 44-38 on Sunday.  (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)
Carolina Panthers' head coach Ron Rivera describes how his team improved over the season at a brief news conference following the final team meeting of the season in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. If Rivera does not return as Carolina's coach after a second straight losing season, he can at least take pride in the fact this his players never quit on him, even rallying from 11-points down, on the road, in a low-stakes season finale, to beat the Saints 44-38 on Sunday. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)
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