Locker Room Buzz: Carolina Panthers

SAN FRANCISCO -- Observed in the locker room after the Carolina Panthers' 10-9 victory over the San Francisco 49ers:

Happy owner: I'm sure Jerry Richardson gets to the locker room after just about every game, but this was the first time I've seen him this season. And he was one happy owner, shaking hands like a politician after winning an election.

Full belly: Thanks to quarterback Cam Newton recovering his own fumble with about two minutes to go, coach Ron Rivera still had his lunch. "I about threw up,'' Rivera said as he studied the statistic sheet.

All tied up: Defensive coordinator Sean McDermott was doing a nice job tying his necktie as the locker room emptied, but he did a nicer job tying up the 49ers. They had 45 yards in the second half.

Unknown voice: I'm not sure who said them, but the words "survive and advance'' rang through the room as players celebrated their fifth straight win.

Hardly see Hardy: Defensive end Greg Hardy was all over quarterback Colin Kaepernick on the field, but you could hardly find him as he sat fully dressed in sweats deep in his locker with a total look of satisfaction.