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Overview of the Carolina Panthers

The Carolina Panthers have had reasonable success in their short history. They won the NFC West in just their second season and defeated the defending champions, the Dallas Cowboys, in the playoffs before losing to eventual champions, the Green Bay Packers. Their next trip to the playoffs was in 2003 when they made it all the way to the Super Bowl. The Panthers qualified for the playoffs again in 2005 and 2008 but hit a rough patch in 2010, winning just two games all season.

Statistics Overview of the Carolina Panthers

The Carolina Panthers entered the NFL as an expansion franchise in 1995. They are based in Charlotte, North Carolina and play their home games at Bank of America Stadium. The Panthers have never won the Super Bowl but won the NFC Conference Championship in 2003. The Panthers have won their division on three occasions in 1996, 2003, 2008. They have qualified for the playoffs on four occasions and have a playoff record of 6-4. Their regular season record is 132-156-0. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the Panthers' biggest rivals, with the games between the two often turning violent.

Conference: NFC
Established: 1993
Stadium: Bank of America Stadium (1996- present)
Super Bowl Championships: 0
Conference Championships: 1 (2003)
Division Championships: 4 (1996, 2003, 2008, 2013)
Playoff Appearances:: 5 (1996, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2013)
Overall Record: 144-160-0
Playoff Record: 6-5
Biggest Rivals: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Head Coach: Ron Rivera
Legenday Players: Steve Smith, Jake Delhomme, DeAngelo Williams

Carolina Panthers: Star Players for 2014

Quarterback: Cam Newton

Cam Newton was the number one draft pick in the 2011 NFL draft. Newton exploded onto the NFL scene in 2011; winning the NFL Rookie of the Year award, was selected for the NFC Pro-Bowl team and broke countless rookie records. Newton also broke a number of all-time NFL records; rushing for the most touchdowns in a single season by a quarterback, becoming the first player in NFL history with 4,000+ pass yards and 10+ rush TDs in a season and becoming the fastest player to throw for 1000 yards. Newton helped the Panthers return to the playoffs for the first time since 2008 in 2013. The 2013 season was a success, Newton lead his team to a 12-4 record and a first round bye in the Playoffs. Newton was also selected for the 2014 Pro-Bowl.

Offensive Star: Steve Smith

Wide receiver Steve Smith was the 74th pick in the 2001 NFL draft and is one of the most experienced players in the Carolina Panthers squad. Smith made an immediate impact in the NFL; returning a kickoff for a touchdown in his first ever play and becoming the first rookie to make the Pro Bowl as a special teams player since 1993. Since that time Smith has turned into one of the best wide-receivers in the NFL; making the NFC Pro-Bowl team on five occasions and winning the NFL wide receiver of the year award in 2005. Smith holds the record for most career receiving yards, touchdowns and receptions in Carolina Panthers history. His combination with Cam Newton is key to the Panthers success.

Defensive Star: Luke Kuechly

Luke Kuechly was taken with the ninth overall pick by the Panthers in the 2011 draft, following a three-time All-American career with Boston College. Opting to forgo his final year of college to enter the draft, Kuechly was rated the top linebacker available after demonstrating rare pass coverage abilities at the NFL Combine. Kuechly secured the long-term Middle linebacker starting position in his first season, leading the league with 164 tackles during the regular season, as well as registering eight pass deflections on his way to the defensive rookie of the year award. He brought his play to a whole new level in his second year, becoming the leader of the Panthers defense that finished the season as runner-up in points and yards allowed. Kuechly was selected to the 2014 Pro Bowl and named to the 2013 All-Pro Team. He was also recognized as the NFL Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press. With a winning QB, offense, and defense the Panthers will be one to watch in 2014.

Head Coach: Ron Rivera

After a successful playing career for the Chicago Bears, Ron Rivera began his NFL coaching career as linebackers coach for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1999. In 2004, Rivera returned to Chicago as defensive coordinator and formed the Bears into a strong defensive unit. Rivera was linked to several head coaching rolls in 2007 and chose not to re-sign with the Bears. Finally in 2011, Rivera received his first head coaching role, at the Carolina Panthers. Although his side only went 7-9 in 2012, the Panthers were much improved under Rivera. He returned in 2013 to lead a much stronger Panthers side to a 12-4 winning record.

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