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Charolette, North Carolina



2013 Champs



On October 26, 1993, NFL owners unanimously selected Carolina as the 29th NFL franchise and the first expansion team since 1976. Fireworks exploded over uptown Charlotte as jubilant fans gathered to celebrate the news. "This is a dream come true for me and my partners and for the 10 million people in the Carolinas," said Carolina Panthers Owner/Founder Jerry Richardson, who became just the second former player to own an NFL team along with George Halas of the Chicago Bears.

The "dream" began on July 16, 1987 when Richardson met in Charlotte with a group of interested parties to discuss the feasibility of entering the multi-city competition for two NFL expansion franchises. On December 15, Richardson officially announced an NFL franchise bid for the Carolinas.

One of the first orders of business was to choose a stadium site. Locations in North and South Carolina were considered. On December 15, 1989, Richardson Sports selected a site in uptown Charlotte as the future home of a privately financed NFL stadium that would seat more than 70,000 fans.

Across the Carolinas, support for an NFL expansion team poured in at an unprecedented rate. U.S. Sens. Jesse Helms of North Carolina and Ernest Hollings of South Carolina lobbied NFL owners on the Carolinas behalf. Likewise, North Carolina Gov. Jim Martin and South Carolina Gov. Carroll Campbell formed a blue-ribbon committee of leading citizens in both states. Fans demonstrated their enthusiasm by selling out preseason games in Raleigh, NC in 1989, Chapel Hill, NC in 1990 and Columbia, SC in 1991.

At the League owners meeting on March 18, 1992, the NFL reduced the list of expansion candidate cities from eleven to seven with the Carolinas making the cut. Two months later, the NFL narrowed the list of expansion hopefuls to five communities – Baltimore, St. Louis, Memphis, Jacksonville and the Carolinas.

However, on October 20, 1992, NFL owners decided to delay the expansion vote until the fall of 1993 because of a labor dispute between the League and the players. Fortunately, on January 6, 1993, the League and the players approved a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. On March 23, 1993, the expansion race officially resumed.

On June 3, Richardson Sports revealed its impressive plan to privately finance a 72,300-seat stadium from the sale of Permanent Seat Licenses, club seats and luxury boxes, beginning on July 1. A remarkable 15,000 pieces of mail from first-day orders were collected. By the end of the first day, all 8,314 club seats sold out and all 104 luxury suites were reserved and ultimately leased. First-day PSL orders totaled 41,632.

Finally, on October 26, 1993, NFL owners unanimously selected Carolina as the 29th NFL franchise.


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2014 Regular Season Games

Regular Season
1 Sun, Sep 7 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers     W 20 - 14   FOX
2 Sun, Sep 14 vs Detroit Lions      W 24 - 7   FOX
3 Sun, Sep 21 vs Pittsburgh Steelers      L 19 -37   NBC
4 Sun, Sep 28 vs Baltimore Ravens      L 10 - 38   NBC
5 Sun, Oct 5 vs Chicago Bears     W 31 - 24   FOX
6 Sun, Oct 12 @ Cincinnati Bengals      T 37 - 37   FOX
7 Sun, Oct 19 @ Green Bay Packers     L 17 - 38   FOX
8 Sun, Oct 26 vs Seattle Seahawks     L 9 - 13   FOX
9 Thu, Oct 30 vs New Orleans Saints      L 10 - 28   CBS
10 Mon, Nov 10 @ Philadelphia Eagles      L 21 - 45   ESPN
11 Sun, Nov 16  vs Atlanta Falcons                     L 17 - 19                 FOX
12 Sun, Nov 23 Bye         
13 Sun, Nov 30 @ Minnesota Vikings     L 13 - 31   FOX
14 Sun, Dec 7 @ New Orleans Saints      W 41 - 10   FOX
15 Sun, Dec 14 vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers      W 19 -17   FOX
16 Sun, Dec 21 vs Cleveland Browns     W 17 - 13   CBS
17 Sun, Dec 28 @ Atlanta Falcons             1:00PM EDT   FOX


Sunday, December 21
Panthers Hold Off Browns, Move Into 1st place in NFC South


CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers never quit on the season, and now have a chance to repeat as NFC South champions.

Cam Newton threw for one touchdown and ran for another, and the Panthers defeated the Cleveland Browns 17-13 on Sunday to take sole possession of first place in the division.

The victory sets up a winner-take-all showdown next Sunday at Atlanta between the Panthers (6-8-1) and Falcons (6-9) for the division title. It also guarantees a team without even a .500 record will win the NFC South.

The winner will join the 2010 Seattle Seahawks as the only teams to reach the postseason in a non-strike-shortened season with a losing record.

"Now it all comes down to one game and that's all we can ask for is to be in that situation," Panthers coach Ron Rivera said.

The Panthers have now won three straight after going more than two months without a victory. The Browns (7-8) were eliminated from contention when San Diego beat San Francisco on Saturday.

Newton threw for 201 yards and ran for 63 just 12 days after the quarterback suffered two fractures in his lower back following an automobile accident. Jonathan Stewart ran for 122 yards and caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from Newton.

"It speaks to his toughness," Rivera said of Newton.

Johnny Manziel made his second NFL start for Cleveland, left with 1:49 left in the first half with a hamstring injury and did not return.

The Panthers led most of the game before Browns tight end Jordan Cameron got behind the secondary and hauled in an 81-yard touchdown pass from Brian Hoyer. That gave Cleveland its first lead of the game at 13-10 with about 10 minutes remaining.

The Browns had just 126 yards on offense before that play and just 228 yards all afternoon.

But Newton, looking healthy and mobile in escaping from the pocket, drove the Panthers back downfield. He completed a 9-yard pass to Stewart, who slipped out of the backfield untouched and found an open pocket in the end zone.

Carolina appeared to seal the game when cornerback Josh Norman intercepted a deep Hoyer pass on Cleveland's next possession. But the flamboyant cornerback returned the ball, holding it away from his body with one hand, and fumbled it back to the Browns when hit from behind.

That gave the Browns one last shot.

But Carolina's defense held, with Kawann Short coming up with a big sack on Hoyer, and Thomas Davis making an open field tackle to force a punt with less than four minutes remaining.

Carolina put the game away when Stewart broke off a 30-yard run on third-and-6.

The Panthers led 10-3 at halftime behind a 2-yard run by Newton on a bootleg late in the second quarter. Newton faked a handoff to Mike Tolbert and followed a key block by tight end Greg Olsen into the end zone.

A few minutes later Manziel sprinted out to his left. Linebacker Luke Kuechly and safety Colin Jones converged on Manziel, taking him to the ground for a 1-yard loss. Manziel attempted to get up, then fell back to the ground.

He finished 3 of 8 for 32 yards. He also ran twice for 3 yards.

Hoyer was 7 of 13 for 134 yards with one touchdown and one interception.



Sunday, December 28


@Atlanta Falcons

 1:00 PM EST



Wednesday, December 10
Cam Newton Injured in Car Crash

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has two fractures in his lower back following a two-car accident Tuesday afternoon near the team's stadium.


"Further testing revealed that Cam Newton has two transverse process fractures in his lower back and no further internal injuries," the Panthers said in a statement Tuesday afternoon.

"Right now we have thought about Cam's well-being and we understand there was someone else in the other car who was injured," the team said. "We just hope that they're all OK."

Newton was expected to be released from the hospital on Wednesday after undergoing tests.

On Wednesday, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department confirmed that Newton will face no charges for Tuesday's wreck and was traveling at the posted 35 mph when the other driver pulled out in front of him.

The injury suffered to Newton is the same back injury that Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo suffered earlier this season. Romo missed one game this season for the injury, however no timetable was given for how long Newton will be out, if at all.

The accident took place around 12:30 p.m. ET, according to Charlotte police. Both Newton and the driver of the other vehicle were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman confirmed in a telephone interview from Texas that Newton had not been released Wednesday morning. 

Gettleman said he still has no details of what happened or when Newton would return to action.

The GM was at the league owners' meeting in Irving, Texas, on Tuesday when he received a call from his office about the crash.

"I'm just thankful he was wearing a seat belt and everyone involved is all right," Gettleman said before boarding a plane back to Charlotte.

The Panthers earlier said Newton will be held overnight for observation but that the franchise quarterback was "in fair condition and undergoing tests at Carolinas Medical Center."

Team owner Jerry Richardson earlier told the Charlotte Observer that Newton is "in good shape," after speaking with CMC doctors.

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Grant Halverson/Getty ImagesThe Panthers' Cam Newton suffered lower-back fractures in a Tuesday afternoon car crash.


Newton, 25, was conscious when he was transported to the hospital, a source told ESPN's Ed Werder.

A witness told the Charlotte Observer that Newton was "alert" but "in pain" at the scene of the accident.

In his fourth season, the former No. 1 overall pick has thrown for 2,812 yards, run for 425 yards and accounted for 19 total touchdowns this season (16 passing, three rushing) to go along with 11 interceptions for a Panthers team that remains in the hunt for the NFC South division title despite a 4-8-1 record.

If Newton is ruled unable to play, veteran Derek Anderson would be expected to take over as Carolina's starting quarterback. Anderson led the Panthers to a 20-14 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 1 while Newton sat out with fractured ribs.

The Panthers play the Bucs this Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.


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