Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (22) finds running room against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC on Sunday, December 23, 2018. The Falcons won 24-10.
Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (22) finds running room against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC on Sunday, December 23, 2018. The Falcons won 24-10. David T. Foster III dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com
Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey (22) finds running room against the Atlanta Falcons during the second half at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC on Sunday, December 23, 2018. The Falcons won 24-10. David T. Foster III dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

Sports columnist Scott Fowler has written for the Charlotte Observer since 1994. He has authored or co-authored eight books, including four about the Carolina Panthers. In 2018, Fowler won the Thomas Wolfe award for outstanding newspaper writing. He also is the host of the Observer’s hit podcast “Carruth.”