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  • CHARLOTTE, N.C. The atmosphere of Carolina's locker room Tuesday was melancholic an alarming contrast to what it had been throughout the 2015 season. Jerseys were signed and traded,cubbies were emptied and boxes were stuffed. Dwight Freeney Jersey There were no dabs. Superman's cape was folded.The agony of Sunday's Super Bowl lo s followed the Panthers from Santa Clara, Calif., back to Charlotte, where they closed their 17-2season with one lastteam meeting and a few more media obligations.But as players cleaned outlockers and continued to reflect on thelo s to the Broncos, one couldn't help but notice the elephant in the teal and black-carpeted room: Why couldn'tCam Newton just recover that fumble?MORE: Newton cares not foryour standards | Panthers back on top for2016The quarterback on Sunday did not offer an explanation for hardlyanything regardingthe lo s, let alone his biggest mistake. He reluctantly offered one Isaiah Burse Jersey Tuesday."OK," said Newton, frustrated by the notion that he could have done more. "I didnt get the fumble. We can play titfor tat. Ive seen numerous quarterbacks throw interceptions, and their effort afterwards they dont go. I dont dive on one fumble because the way my leg was, it could have been contorted in a way."We didn't lose that game because of that fumble. Ill tell you that. As long as my teammates know, as long as my coaches know, as long as anybody that follows this team knows."But they didn't know. AndNewton's justification does little to alleviate the bewilderment among Panthers players, coaches and fans that may never cease to be felt.The play, a third-down situation late in the fourth quarter, was ravaged by Von Miller. Newton fumbled, foundthe ball and even approached it as though he was ready to pounce. But he didn't, he says, because of his leg positioning.Coach Ron Rivera, apparently unaware of Newton's interpretation, was informed by a reporterduring Tuesday's mediaconference. Riveraaccepted the explanation, shrugged his shoulders andinsisted he was ready to move on to the 2016 season.Perhaps also unaware of Newton's Johnny Lowdermilk Jersey confe sion, Greg Olsen seemed offended when asked whether the quarterback hesitated to put his body in harm's way."If anybody wants to question how much Cam cares, question how hard he plays, the sacrifice he makes with his body ... not only are they uniformed, theyve probably never watched us play since he'sbeen in the league," the tight end contended."That narrative is pretty comical."Running back Mike Tolbert, whowasn'tsure what was going through Newton's mind during the play,didn't appreciate the question, either."Im not going there," Tolbert said."Id have to talk to (Cam)about it. That's over with, so well move on."Many can move on, but thiscertainly is not over with.That elephant may never leave Carolina's locker room.MORE: Panthers among best Super Bowl losers | Carolina's top sports starsOver 12 years after John Kasaysent a late Super Bowl XXXVIIIkickoff out of bounds and broughtNew England's game-winning target 15 yards closer, those in and around the organization still think aboutwhat could have been.What could have been for Tyler Johnstone Jersey these Panthers, down six with le s than four minutes to play in Super Bowl 50, had Newton recovered his own fumble?Many will always wonder.