CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- While Panthers coach Ron Rivera believes a strong finish is crucial for his team's confidence heading into next season, he's not sure if winning three of the last four games will be enough to save his job.
Rivera says "I think we have to keep going," adding it's vital the Panthers beat Oakland and New Orleans to finish 7-9.
Carolina (5-9) enjoyed its first blowout win Sunday, crushing San Diego 31-7. That came one week after a decisive 30-20 upset win over Atlanta.
Rivera was told by Panthers owner Jerry Richardson after a 1-5 start this season the team needs to be "trending upward" for him to keep his job.
Rivera says "this isn't about a couple of good wins or emotional wins. It's about the whole body of work."