CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Football Night In America's Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison spoke with NBC Charlotte's Nick Carboni before the Thursday Night Football matchup between the Carolina Panthers and the New Orleans Saints.
Dungy, a former NFL coach who won the Super Bowl with the Indianapolis Colts in 2006, said he doesn't believe that the Panthers 20-17 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 10 put the nail in the coffin to their season.
While he said the Panthers "might have to win" the rest of the regular season to make the playoffs, Dungy said they are capable of doing that.
Dungy said during his final season of coaching in the NFL, the Colts started the 2008 season 3-4 but rallied to finish with a 12-4 regular season record, which was good enough to make the AFC Wild Card Round of the playoffs.
"We said ‘we’ve done it before. We can run the table. We can get going,’" Dungy said. "And that’s what (the Panthers) have to do."
Super Bowl winning defensive back Rodney Harrison agreed with Dungy that the Panthers could make a serious late run.
"You have a great quarterback, you have guys that are veteran players," Harrison said. "You have some good leadership on the defensive side. Ron Rivera, I think he does a great job... I wouldn't count them out just yet."