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Patients' battles spark Panthers

As the Panthers marched through the season, they found inspiration in cancer patients Sam Mills and Mark Fields.

Updated: January 16, 2004, 11:25 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers had just won their fourth consecutive game -- eighth straight, actually, if you count a perfect preseason -- and linebacker Mark Fields broke it down right there in the locker room at Ericsson Stadium.

He spoke of the emotion the Panthers were feeling after that 19-13 victory over the Saints and the inevitable sense of momentum that seemed to be developing.

"And it is pushing us," Fields told Ted Sorensen of the Charlotte Observer. "It's ...

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