DE Hardy says 3-9 Panthers better than Falcons

DE Hardy says 3-9 Panthers better than Falcons

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CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 18: Greg Hardy #76 of the Carolina Panthers hits Josh Freeman #5 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as he throws a pass during their game at Bank of America Stadium on November 18, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on December 6, 2012 at 11:13 AM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Carolina defensive end Greg Hardy says the struggling Panthers are a better team than league-leading Atlanta.
 
Yes, the Falcons, who have clinched the NFC South division title with an 11-1 record. The Panthers are 3-9 after losing Sunday to Kansas City (2-10).
 
When asked if he meant the Panthers were the better team on Sept. 30 when they lost 30-28 at Atlanta or better overall, Hardy replied, "Both."
 
Hardy says this Sunday's rematch is about "payback" and "punishment."
 
He says, "We owe them something and it is coming."
 
Hardy is among several Carolina defensive players who felt disrespected by Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan after television cameras caught him cursing as he shouted get off our field toward the Panthers sidelines following Atlanta's Week 4 win at the Georgia Dome.

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