Carolina Panthers

1st NFC South (15-1-0)

Founded: 1995

Stadium: Bank of America Stadium

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Game Averages (2015)

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PTS
31.2(1st)
YDS
366.9(11th)
PASS YDS
224.3(24th)
RUSH YDS
142.6(2nd)
(league rank)

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  • Olsen shaves overgrown beard, rejoins society

    02/09/2016
    Football and the pursuit of a Lombardi Trophy can be a brutal and demanding slog. Out of it comes hideous beards. On Tuesday, Panthers tight end Greg Olsen got rid of his.
  • 'Show me a good loser'

    02/09/2016
    Cam Newton defiantly defended his actions during a post-Super Bowl interview. The Carolina Panthers quarterback admitted he's a sore loser, but noted he won't change for anyone.
  • Rivera: Cam will learn from postgame presser

    02/09/2016
    Ron Rivera defended Cam Newton after the quarterback was embroiled in hot takes for walking off at his post-Super Bowl press conference and not falling on the fumble in the fourth quarter.
  • SB50 most-watched program in TV history

    02/08/2016
    CBS's broadcast of Super Bowl 50 is the most-watched television program in history. The news should surprise no one considering the immense hype leading up to the matchup.
  • Kalil on notion Cam quit: 'Absolute garbage'

    02/08/2016
    Did Cam Newton quit on his team late in the fourth quarter when he could've recovered a fumble? Ryan Kalil doesn't think so, adamantly defending his quarterback on Monday.
  • Ealy makes history in Super Bowl 50

    02/08/2016
    Panthers defensive end Kony Ealy had arguably one of the best performances in Super Bowl history. Ealy is the only player to register three sacks and one interception in the Big Game.
  • Harris: Post-game conference was a 'bad setup'

    02/09/2016
    Cam Newton was an earshot from Broncos cornerback Chris Harris' presser. However, Harris didn't know Newton could hear him. What did Harris think of the postgame arrangement?
  • Cam leaves after Harris boasts within earshot

    02/09/2016
    Cam Newton walked off his postgame press conference abruptly after Super Bowl 50. Video shows the Panthers quarterback could hear Denver corner Chris Harris boast about the Broncos game plan right before Newton walked away.
  • Ed Dickson on Panthers' blocking: We 'left the tackles out to dry'

    02/08/2016
    Carolina Panthers offensive tackles Mike Remmers and Michael Oher got beat all night by Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware. Panthers tight end Ed Dickson said the team "left the tackles out to dry."
  • Brandon Marshall: Panthers 'did everything that we saw on film'

    02/08/2016
    The Denver Broncos held the Carolina Panthers to a season-low ten points in Super Bowl 50. How did they do it? The World Champions shared their strategy.
  • Thomas Davis shows injured arm

    02/08/2016
    Thomas Davis broke his arm two weeks ago. In Super Bowl 50, he played like the injury never happened. Following the game, the Carolina Panthers linebacker showed the world what he played through.
  • Broncos outlast Panthers, win SB50

    02/08/2016
    This is the stuff of rejected movie scripts, multiple endings dripping with too much magic to be believed. But it all really happened here in Super Bowl 50 for the Denver Broncos in a 24-10 dismantling victory over the Carolina Panthers.
  • How the Panthers' offense imploded

    02/08/2016
    The Panthers' high-flying offense was grounded to a halt by the Broncos in Super Bowl 50. Here are the three reasons behind the Panthers' struggles in their 24-10 loss in Santa Clara.
  • Rivera out of challenges for remainder of SB50 vs. Broncos

    02/07/2016
    Ron Rivera wanted the Panthers to get out to a fast start in Super Bowl 50, but using all his challenges in the first 20 minutes is not what he had in mind.
Draft 2016 more
Pick Player
Rd 1, Pick 30 (30)  
Scoreboard more
Levi's Stadium - Wk 22 1 2 3 4 T
Carolina Panthers 0 7 0 3 10
Denver Broncos 10 3 3 8 24
Schedule more
Wk Date Opponent Time
15 Sun, Dec 20 @ New York Giants 38-35   W
16 Sun, Dec 27 @ Atlanta 13-20   L
17 Sun, Jan 03 Tampa Bay 38-10   W
DIV Sun, Jan 17 Seattle 31-24   W
CONF Sun, Jan 24 Arizona 49-15   W
SB Sun, Feb 07 @ Denver 10-24   L
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Injuries more
Player (Pos) Injury
No Injuries Reported
Postseason Leaders more
Passing Att Cmp Yds TDs
Cam Newton 91 53 761 3
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
Jonathan Stewart 50 218 4.4 3
Cam Newton 27 95 3.5 2
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
Greg Olsen 16 231 14.4 1
Corey Brown 10 215 21.5 1
Ted Ginn 6 126 21 0
Devin Funchess 5 73 14.6 1
Transactions more
Date Transaction
2/9 Rakim Cox (DE) Free Agent Signing (free agent signing).
2/9 Chas Alecxih (DT) Free Agent Signing (free agent signing).
2/9 Damiere Byrd (WR) Free Agent Signing (free agent signing).
2/9 Ras-I Dowling (DB) Free Agent Signing (free agent signing).
NFC South more
Team W L T Win %
Carolina 15 1 0 .938
Atlanta 8 8 0 .500
New Orleans 7 9 0 .438
Tampa Bay 6 10 0 .375

Head Coach more

Ron Rivera

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Ron Rivera was named the fourth head coach in Carolina Panthers' history on Jan. 11, 2011.

Rivera served as defensive coordinator for the San Diego Chargers' top-ranked defense in 2010 and playing linebacker for the Chicago Bears' top-ranked defense and Super Bowl XX championship team in 1985.

Rivera worked with the San Diego Chargers from 2007-10. He coached inside linebackers before taking over as the team's defensive coordinator midway through the 2008 season.

With Rivera's guidance, the pass defense steadied itself - intercepting nine passes and yielding 229.6 passing yards per game and 11 touchdown passes over the final eight games. Those numbers contrasted to the first half of the season when San Diego notched just seven picks and was victimized for 265.1 yards per game and 14 touchdowns through the air.

In Rivera's first full season leading the defense in 2009, the Chargers ranked 16th in total defense and 11th against the pass. One of the unit's strengths was playing tough after offensive turnovers, giving up only 44 points, a figure that tied New England for the second-fewest in the NFL.

Those rankings improved in 2010 as San Diego led the NFL with an average of 271.6 total yards allowed per game and gave up a league-low 177.8 passing yards per game. Overall, the Chargers finished in the top five in 11 different defensive statistical categories despite not having any defenders selected to the Pro Bowl.

From 2004-06, Rivera oversaw the Chicago Bears defense, engineering the unit to two top-five finishes in the league. Under Rivera's direction, five different defensive players went to the Pro Bowl: linebacker Lance Briggs, safety Mike Brown, defensive tackle Tommie Harris, linebacker Brian Urlacher and cornerback Nathan Vasher.

In his first season as a defensive coordinator in 2004, Rivera presided over a defense that produced nine more takeaways and 17 more sacks than the previous year and scored a franchise record and NFC high six defensive touchdowns. The Bears also thrived on third down and buckled down inside their own 20-yard line, ranking first in the NFL in third-down efficiency (30.5%) and topping the NFC in red zone defense (42.6%).

The following year, Chicago continued to build on the foundation Rivera laid in 2004. The Bears won their first of two consecutive NFC North titles and stood second in the NFL in total defense. In surrendering the fewest points in the league, Rivera's defense went 43 consecutive quarters without allowing more than seven points - the longest streak in the NFL since 1969. Chicago also led the NFL in red zone defense (32.5%) and rated second in third-down efficiency (31.9%).

During Rivera's last season with the Bears in 2006, the defense paced the NFL with 44 takeaways and finished fifth in the league in total defense and third in scoring defense, helping propel Chicago to the NFC Championship and an appearance in Super Bowl XLI.

Prior to becoming a defensive coordinator, Rivera spent five seasons from 1999-2003 as the linebackers coach for the Philadelphia Eagles, who advanced to the NFC Championship game in each of his final three seasons.

Following his retirement from his playing career, Rivera went into broadcasting. He covered the Bears and college football as a television analyst for WGN and SportsChannel Chicago for four years from 1993-96.

Selected in the second round of the 1984 NFL Draft by Chicago, Rivera played all nine of his pro seasons with the Bears. Primarily an outside linebacker, he appeared in 149 games with 62 starts (including 12 postseason contests with six starts) and posted 392 tackles, 7.5 sacks, five forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, nine interceptions and 15 passes defensed. Rivera was a member of six NFC Central division title teams and a Super Bowl XX championship team in 1985.

As a player, Rivera was known for both his skill and determination on the field and his dedication of time and energy to the community. As a result, he was named the Bears' Man of the Year in 1988 and earned the club's Ed Block Courage Award in 1989.

An All-American at the University of California, Rivera finished his career as the school's all-time leader in sacks with 22 and tackles with 336. As a senior in 1983, he set the Bears' single-season record for sacks with 13 and tackles for loss with 26.5.

Born Jan. 7, 1962 in Fort Ord, Calif., Rivera lived in Germany, Panama, Washington and Maryland before his family settled in Marina, Calif. He attended Seaside High School in Marina and was a three-sport star in football, basketball and baseball.


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