Carolina, with a winning season of 15-1, will see if they can finally claim a Super Bowl win this Sunday. After making several playoff appearances in the past without a ring to show, will this be their year?
The Panthers are a slightly younger team, only joining the National Football League Franchise in 1995. Placed in the NFC West division, the Panthers finished their first season with a record breaking performance of 7-9 for a first-year expansion team. However in 2001, they tied an NFL record for most losses in a season and broke the record for most consecutive losses.
The Panthers played their first season in the Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina while their current stadium was under construction. The Bank of America Stadium opened in the summer of 1996 and completely owned by the Panthers.
In 2010, Ron Rivera was hired on as head coach to replace John Fox who ironically moved on to coach the Denver Broncos, then the Chicago Bears. Rivera’s first coaching season ended 6-10 with Cam Newton winning AP Offensive Rookie of the Year for setting the record for most rushing touchdowns in one season!
Although the Panthers waived running back DeAngelo Williams and lost top receiver Kelvin Benjamin to a torn ACL in preseason, they still had their best regular season in franchise history. Starting the season 14-0, it wasn’t until the 16th week that Carolina would be defeated by the Atlanta Falcons.
Now they aim to take home a ring for the first time in franchise history. Will their season end in victory or will they fall short? Watch with us Sunday to see how it all pans out.