Scott Fowler: Ron Rivera, can you please win playoff game and wipe the smirk off Tom Brady's face?

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — As a sportswriter, I don’t root for or against the teams I cover regularly. We are objective observers, not cheerleaders. But I do root for good people, and always feel freer to do so once they leave Charlotte. Which brings me to the point of this column. Ron Rivera, please win Sunday, and wipe that smirk off Tom Brady’s face. Rivera, the eminently likable first-year coach of the Washington Football Team and the head coach of the Carolina Panthers from 2011-19, has directed his team to a very unlikely playoff berth. Washington hosts Brady’s Tampa Bay team on Saturday at 8:15 …

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HEDGE accordingly