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Panthers' Rivera knows he has to win next season

Updated: January 29, 2013, 4:03 PM ET
Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Panthers owner Jerry Richardson doesn't need to remind coach Ron Rivera just how important winning in 2013 is to his future as an NFL head coach.

He already knows.

Rivera told The Associated Press Tuesday that when he met with Richardson earlier this month and was informed he'd be returning for a third season in Carolina, he wasn't given a make-the-playoffs-or-else ultimatum from his boss.

"He doesn't want me looking over my shoulder," Rivera said. "He wants ...

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