Watching the 49ers, Seahawks, Patriots and Broncos experience the thrill of victory with playoff wins this weekend has obviously flooded the airwaves. But what about witnessing the agony of defeat that players like Carolina’s CAM NEWTON and STEVE SMITH have to endure?

After losing to the 49ers 23-10 and clearly conflicted in terms of his emotions, Newton answered the question of Niners QB Colin Kaepernick “shouting him out” with the mocking of his patented Superman pose after the game…

Newton, who readily admits he wears his emotions on his sleeve, looked like he was about to cry. Dude left the podium either before he did so or rather to avoid saying something that would create even more headlines.

Carolina Blues: Smith battled back from a recent knee injury to play Sunday only to see his team lose.

As for Smith, the Panthers wideout was asked by a reporter after the game if he would be rooting for the Seattle Seahawks in next week’s NFC Championship Game, given the obvious dislike between his team and the 49ers, the stinging loss still very raw.

“You really want me to thump you upside the head? That was the dumbest question, and that’s the second dumbest question you’ve asked,” an angry Smith said. “I only cheer for one team. Actually, two teams. My team and my kid’s team. Other than that I can give a bleep.”

Well alrighty then.

The finality of a fine, mostly successful season coming to an end can really hurt when teams and players fall short of their ultimate goal of the Super Bowl. It’s enough to make one wanna rip open his shirt and cry.

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