Carolina Panthers Tickets
Even though Carolina Panthers was announced as NFL’s 29th franchise in 1993, it wasn’t until two years later in 1995 the team played their first season. The Carolina Panthers have been part of the NFL’s National Football Conference (NFC) South Division for more than two decades. During this period, the Panthers have won two Conference Championships, six Division Championships and made it to the playoffs on seven occasions. Having made it to the Super Bowl twice in 2003 and 2015, the Carolina Panthers are known for fielding a talented unit whenever they step on the field. A team that has achieved a lot in a relatively short period of time, the Carolina Panthers tickets are a favorite among football fans all over the US.
In 1987, a former wide receiver for the Baltimore Colts, Jerry Richardson took inspiration from George Shinn to pursue an NFL expansion franchise. Shinn had already been successful in making a bid for a franchise in the NBA for Charlotte, North Carolina. To demonstrate the demand for an NFL franchise in North Carolina, Richardson held preseason games from 1989 to 1991. These games between existing NFL teams highlighted the demand for football in the state. The preseason games plus Richardson and his group’s tireless work towards acquiring an NFL franchise finally paid off when on Oct 26, 1993, the existing 28 NFL owners named Carolina Panthers as the 29th member of the NFL. The Panthers were included in NFC West in their first season in 1995. This was to increase the size of the division. At the end of their first season, the Panthers finished with a score 7-9. This was the best performance by a rookie team in their first season ever. Even though the Panthers were unable to make it to the playoffs, the team won many fans in the process.
Due to the large number of Buffalo Bills players on the roster, the Panthers in their inaugural season were called ‘Buffalo Bills South’. The former Bills players included wide receiver Don Beebe, linebacker Carlton Bailey, tight end Pete Metzelaars and Quarterback Frank Reich. All of these players had played an instrumental role in the Bills Super Bowl appearances in the early nineties. The owners hoped to reciprocate the same success with the Panthers. The 1996 season for the Panthers was even better. The team performed well and ended the season with 12 wins and 4 losses. They made it into the Divisional playoffs where they defeated the Dallas Cowboys 26-17, but lost the NFC Championship to the Green Bay Packers 13-30. It was a disappointing end to a remarkable season where the Panthers finished on top of the West division but lost in the end. Head Coach Dom Capers, previously of Pittsburg Steelers and New Orleans Saints was named NFL Coach of the Year. After the 1996 season, the Panthers went through a slump where they were unable to make it to post season for seven years. It was also during this period the Panthers posted their worst season score ever in 2001 with only one win and fifteen losses. However things started to pick up for the Panthers in 2003 with the arrival of a new Head Coach John Fox.
Fox Runs with the Panthers
Born in Virginia, John Fox had an illustrious career as a football coach. Previously he had coached Denver Broncos and served as Defensive Coordinator for the New York Giants. His tenure with the Carolina Panthers saw the end of a disastrous run. The Panthers in the previous season had lost 15 games on the trot. By winning against the Baltimore Ravens, the Panthers ended their losing streak and ushered in a new era. The very next season in 2002, the Panthers recovered and posted 7 wins and 9 losses. Julius Peppers was named Rookie of the Year. In 2003, the Panthers not only made it to the playoffs, they also went to the Super Bowl where they lost to the New England Patriots 29-32 after a close game. Under Fox’s supervision, the Panthers made it to the playoffs in 2005 and 2008 as well. However they were not able to make it to the Super Bowl on both occasions.
Ron Rivera & Cam Newton
2011 brought a couple of key changes for the Carolina Panthers. The first was the departure of John Fox and the arrival of Ron Rivera. Second was the signing of Cam Newton. The Atlanta born athlete signed a four year contract for which he was guaranteed over $22 million. Both of these additions proved their worth as Newton was named Rookie of the Year and Rivera became the most successful head coach for the Panthers. Rivera went on to win Coach of the Year in 2013 and 2015. The Panthers reached the playoffs under Riviera and Newton’s leadership three years in a row – 2013,2014 and 2015. In 2015, the Panthers made their second Super Bowl appearance against the Denver Broncos. Even though Cam Newton was named MVP and NFL Offensive Player of the Year, the Panthers lost to the Broncos 10-24.
The Carolina Panthers may be the new kids on the block, but in the short time they’ve been in the NFL, they have won many fans. With regular season win percentage at .496 and post season win percentage at .563, the Panthers play well when the stakes are high. According to USA Today, the Carolina Panthers ranked 15 in likeability with most of the top spots taken by older teams.
The Carolina Panthers may not have had a great 2016 season. They were unable to make it to the post season after three straight appearances and finished 2016 with 6 wins and 10 losses. The record pushed them in fourth place in the South division. However, there are enough reasons to be hopeful for.
If you like an NFL team that plays with heart and soul, then you must catch the Carolina Panthers in action. To do that, you need to get Carolina Panthers tickets for the next season before they sell out.