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2022 Season

2022 Season Roundup: The Panthers fired their head coach after a 1–4 start in 2022, then went 6–6 the rest of the way under Steve Wilks. It was improvement over recent season, but a couple of wins short of making the playoffs. Carolina fans got to watch a young and talented team on the rise in the second half, giving them great hope for the future. Sam Darnold and Baker Mayfield split the quarterback, but neither passer did enough to guarantee a job in 2023. The team traded their best player, Christian McCaffrey, in October, but D’Onta Foreman did a great job as his fill-in during his first year as a Panther. Pass-rusher Brian Burns led a defense that came up with big stops in the second half.

2022 Season Preview: Carolina fans welcome quarterback Baker Mayfield to a team that has three excellent pass-catchers in Christian McCaffrey, DJ Moore, and Robby Anderson. The Panthers look solid on defense, especially against the pass. That can keep them in close games and let Mayfield show that he has rediscovered the magic that made him a winning quarterback with his old team, the Browns.

2021 Season

2021 Season Roundup: After a fast start, the Panthers ran out of gas and finished 5–12. Newcomer Sam Darnold struggled after those first few victories and Cam Newton wasn’t much better in his return to Carolina. Do-it-all back Christian McCaffrey missed more than half the season for the second year in a row and no one took up the slack. The team’s defense was very good at times, with a pass rush led by linebackers Shaq Thompson and Haason Reddick and defensive end Brian Burns. Unfortunately for Carolina fans, it just wasn’t enough.

November 21, 2021: Christian McCaffrey set a record when he reached 3,000 rushing and 3,000 receiving yards in just his 57th game. The old record was 66 games, held by Alvin Kamara of the Saints.

2021 Season Preview: After a rebuilding season in 2020, the Panthers hope to take a big step forward in 2021. They will do so with a new quarterback, talented Sam Darnold, and Christian McCaffrey, who is unstoppable when healthy. The Carolina defense looks like it is improving quickly, thanks to young stars Jeremy Chinn and Brian Burns. If the D can limit opponents to a couple of touchdowns a game, Darnold & Co. may be ready to produce a winning season.

2020 Season

2020 Season Roundup: A three-game winning streak early in the season had Carolina fans dreaming about the playoffs, but the Panthers only won two more games in 2020. An injury to Christian McCaffrey put too much pressure on quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and his teammates to score points, and on the defense to keep opponents from scoring. The Panther D actually wasn’t bad—Brian Burns made the move from linebacker to defensive end and led the team with 9 sacks and the team played tough in narrow losses to the Chiefs, Saints, and Vikings. On offense, newcomer Robbie Anderson had a breakout year with 95 catches, and receivers Curtis Samuel and DJ Moore had solid seasons, too.

2020 Season Preview: Cam Newton is in New England and Luke Keuchly has retired, so the Panthers definitely have a new look in 2020. The team’s offense will be powered by do-it-all Christian McCaffrey, while Teddy Bridgewater fills Newton’s shoes at quarterback. DJ Moore and newcomer Robby Anderson give Bridgewater a pair of quality targets at wide receiver. The job for the defense will be to give McCaffrey & Co. as much time with the ball as possible. That could be a tall order—there is talent on the defensive line but many holes behind it.

2019 Season

2019 Season Roundup: A foot injury sidelined Cam Newton early in the year and the Panthers began losing close games they normally might have won. The result was a 5–11 record despite an amazing season from Christian McCaffrey, who rushed for 1,387 yards and caught 116 passes. The Carolina pass rush was good early on, but could not keep up the pressure on enemy quarterbacks in November and December.

December 29, 2019: Christian McCaffrey became the third player in history with 1,000 yards running and receiving. He finished the year with 1,387 yards on the ground and 1,005 through the air.

2019 Season Preview: Cam Newton was headed for a career year before a shoulder injury ruined the second half of his season. Running back Christian McCaffrey and rookie receiver DJ Moore picked up some of the slack, but the Panthers need a healthy quarterback to return to the Super Bowl. Tackle machine Luke Keuchly leads the defense once again.

2018 Season

2018 Season Roundup: Carolina could easily have won a dozen games in 2018. They started 6–2, but lost five close games in the second half. Quarterback Cam Newton had a solid year and Christian McCaffrey ran for over 1,000 yards in his second NFL season. Luke Keuchly was the star of the defense again.

November 25, 2018: Christian McCaffrey ran for 125 yards and caught 11 passes for 112 yards. He became the first player in team history to top 100 rushing and receiving yards in the same game.

2018 Season Preview: Can Carolina match its 11-win 2017 campaign? The talent is there with quarterback Cam Newton and a sure-handed group of receivers and running backs. And new coach Norv Turner is capable of taking this group to the next level. Luke Kuechly leads a defense that’s excellent against the run but needs to improve against the pass.

2017 Season

2017 Season Roundup: After starting the year 4–3, Carolina won seven of its next 8 games to make the playoffs. Cam Newton led the team in passing and also rushing, while linebackers Thomas Davis and Luke Kuechly led the defense. The Panthers lost a close game to the Saints in the opening round of the playoffs.

2017 Season Preview: Carolina is better than its 6–10 record from 2016, but how much better? If Cam Newton is allowed to do what he does best—create havoc with size, speed and throwing arm—then the Panthers should have a winning record. If the pass rush gets the job done, then the Carolina defense should be good.

2016 Season

2016 Season Roundup: Carolina’s trip to the Super Bowl in 2015 was a surprise to many. Their fall to a 6–10 record in 2016 was one of the most shocking stories in football. They dropped five of their first six games and never recovered. Star linebacker Luke Kuechly could not rally the team’s defense, which struggled all season. The offense, meanwhile, was only so-so. Cam Newton threw for 19 touchdowns and ran for five more, but he also threw 14 interceptions. Tight End Greg Olsen was the team’s best player, with his third straight 1,000-yard season.

2016 Season Preview: After falling just short of a championship, the Panthers roar into 2016 looking to wi the Super Bowl. They have the talent to do so, starting with quarterback Cam Newton and linebacker Luke Keuchly. Their only big loss was defensive back Josh Norman. If one of the three college stars Carolina drafted can fill Norman’s shoes, the Panthers should be in great shape.

2015 Season

December 13, 2015: Cam Newton joined Andy Dalton and Peyton Manning as the only players to pass for more than 3,000 yards in each of their first five 5 seasons. One week later, he became the first player with 100 rushing yards, 300 passing yards, and 5 TD passes in a game.

2015 Season Preview: Carolina fans will be counting on Cam Newton to lead them to the playoffs, but it’s the team’s defense that will actually be the key. It looks to be the best in the division, with linebacker Luke Kuechly leading the way.

2014 Season

September 1, 2014: After making the playoffs in 2013, the Panthers will have their work cut out for them if they want to return to the postseason. A number of players—including superstar Stave Smith—either retired or left as free agents in 2014. Smith’s replacement is rookie Kelvin Benjamin. If he and QB Cam Newton get on the same page, Carolina could challenge the Saints in the NFC Sout

2013 Season

September 4, 2013: The Panthers are a very young team led by Cam Newton on offense and Luke Kuechly on defense. They won seven games but could have won many more with some veteran leadership. Carolina let too many opportunities slip away in the fourth quarter in 2012. Center Ryan Kalil missed most of the year in 2012. He is back in 2013, and the Panthers should be better for it.

2012 Roundup

February 2, 2013: Linebacker Luke Kuechly was named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. Kuechly led the entire league with 164 tackles in his first season. After a slow start, the team won 5 of its last 6 games to finish 7–

More Go-To Guys

Steve Beuerlein was a backup quarterback most of his career. When the Panthers gave him a chance, he really came through for them. (Pacific Trading Cards)

Has anyone gone from rags to riches the way Jake Delhomme did in 2003? What a year! (Black Book Partners)

  • Kerry Collins — Quarterback
    Born: 12/30/1972
    Played for Team: 1995 to 1998
    Kerry Collins was the Panthers’ first-ever draft pick. He led Carolina all the way to the NFC Championship Game in 1996. The talented Collins left the team after struggles with alcohol. He worked hard and recovered, and later helped the New York Giants win the NFC Championship.

  • Steve Beuerlein — Quarterback
    Born: 3/7/1965
    Played for Team: 1996 to 2000
    The Panthers signed Steve Beuerlein to be the backup for Kerry Collins in 1996. Over the next five years, he played well as both a substitute and a starter. He helped the team reach the NFC title game in 1996, and in 1999 he made the Pro Bowl after leading the NFL with 343 completions, 4,436 passing yards, and 36 touchdowns.

  • DeShaun Foster — Running Back
    Born: 1/10/1980
    Played for Team: 2002 to 2007
    DeShaun Foster had great moves and tremendous speed. The Panthers liked to use him in the same backfield as powerful fullbacks so opponents didn’t know what to expect. In Super Bowl XXXVIII, Foster scored a 33-yard touchdown. It was the fifth-longest TD run in Super Bowl history.

  • Jake Delhomme — Quarterback
    Born: 1/10/1975
    Played for Team: 2003 to 2009
    Jake Delhomme was supposed to begin his career with the Panthers on the bench, but coach John Fox sent him into the opening game in 2003 with the Panthers down 17–0. Delhomme threw three TD passes to win the game and went on to lead Carolina to the Super Bowl that winter.

  • DeAngelo Williams — Running Back
    Born: 4/25/1983
    First Year with Team: 2006
    Many teams passed on DeAngelo Williams because he stands only 5′ 9″. The Panthers took a chance on him and were rewarded with two 1,000-yard seasons. He and running back Jonathan Stewart nicknamed themselves “Double Trouble.”

More Fun Facts

Chris Weinke played six seasons in the minor leagues for the Toronto Blue Jays. He hit 69 homers in 716 games. (Topps, Inc.)

    The first points ever scored by the Panthers came on a touchdown catch by Mark Carrier in 1995. When he retired in 1998, he owned the all-time receiving records for two teams—the Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    When John Fox became coach of the Panthers in 2002, he told his players to get serious and “toughen up.” They knew that meant something different to Fox. His father was a Navy SEAL!

    In 2001, the Panthers were led by rookie quarterback Chris Weinke. Weinke was no ordinary rookie, however. He had played pro baseball until 1996 and didn’t start college until he was 26. By the time he joined Carolina for his first NFL season, he was 29 years old.

    In 2012, the Panthers lost the first 13 coin flips to determine which team would kick off to start the game. The odds of that happening were more than 8,000-to-1.

League Leaders

Shhh. Muhsin Muhammad poses in the end zone for the cover of Sports Illustrated(Sports Illustrate/TIME Inc.)

Heading into 2012, John Kasay has made 42 field goals of 50 yards or more. That’s second on the NFL’s all-time list. (Black Book Partners)

    No Panther has led the league in rushing yards.

    2004 — Mushin Muhammad — 1,405
    2005 — Steve Smith — 1,563

    1999 — Steve Beuerlein — 4,436

    2008 — DeAngelo Williams — 18

    2004 — Mushin Muhammad — 16
    2005 — Steve Smith — 12 (tied for NFL lead)

    No Panther has led the league in passing touchdowns.

    1996 — John Kasay — 145

    No Panther has led the league in interceptions.

    1996 — Kevin Greene — 14.5

Playing for the Championship

1996 NFC Championship Green Bay Packers Lost 30–13
2003 NFC Championship Philadelphia Eagles Won 14–
2003 Super Bowl XXXVIII New England Patriots Lost 32–29
2005 NFC Championship Seattle Seahawks Lost 34–14

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