Harper and Norman were fined for the Panthers, while White, Douglas and Hester were also fined.
A few weeks later, the Panthers and the Saint had a major rumble.
“I think both teams understand what’s on the line,” Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly said. “So, I don’t think any stuff that’s going to hurt a team is going to happen.”
But the Falcons and Panthers clearly don’t get along. The series has had a string of skirmishes since Matt Ryan was caught on camera telling them to “get the (expletive) off my field” after a Falcons’ victory in 2012.
“I’m sure there’ll be some stuff going back-and-forth,” Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly said. “But that’s what you love about these games. Both teams have the ultimate desire to win. Guys are not going to back down from anything and that is what makes this game fun.”
Falcons coach Mike Smith isn’t anticipating another fight.
“It’ll be a very competitive, hard fought football game,” Smith said. “I have a lot of respect for Carolina coach Ron Rivera and his staff. He’ll have those guys ready to play.”
Rivera is also hoping for a clean game.
“We have to all be smart about it,” Rivera said. “We don’t want it to go the other way. We want it to be a good physical contest. At the end of the day, both teams can step away and say, ‘boy, we gave it our best.’”