The Carolina Panthers' exit from the playoffs means we unfortunately will be without Steve Smith for the next several months.

After suffering a painful 23-10 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, No. 89 was asked if he would be rooting for the Seattle Seahawks in next week's NFC Championship Game, given how chippy Sunday's clash turned out to be. Smith put the reporter in his place.

"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," 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."

Smith, who was dealing with a knee injury, had four catches for 74 yards and a touchdown in the first half, his highest receiving yards total for an entire game this season. He disappeared in the second half.