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Carolina Panthers' Steve Smith calm amid storm — never mind his anger
Carolina Panthers' Steve Smith calm amid storm — never mind his anger

The Carolina Panthers have won eight in a row, and Sunday are headed to New Orleans for their most daunting challenge of the season. For the 9-3 Panthers, the objective is to thrive in the chaos and noise of the Superdome against a seasoned 9-3 Saints team that's 6-0 in that building. It's in these times that the Panthers lean on All-Pro receiver Steve Smith, who is at his best under pressure, as he was last month when he repeatedly upstaged New England corner Aqib Talib in a 24-20 victory over the Patriots. The combustible Talib lost his cool early and often, once refusing to let go of the receiver's leg after making a tackle (and drawing a flag for unnecessary...

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