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2011 Carolina Panthers season
Head Coach Ron Rivera
Home Field Bank of America Stadium
Results
Record 6-10
Place 3rd NFC South
Playoff Finish Did not qualify
Pro Bowlers Steve Smith, WR

Ryan Kalil, C
Cam Newton, QB

Timeline
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The 2011 Carolina Panthers season was the franchise's 17th season in the National Football League and the first season for Ron Rivera as the head coach. In Week 16 of the 2010 season, the team clinched the NFL's worst record of the year and was given the #1 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, with which the team selected quarterback Cam Newton, the 2010 Heisman Trophy winner. They improved on their 2–14 record from 2010, and finished 6–10, missing the playoffs for the third year in a row.

Despite their losing record, Carolina made many improvements. According to Football Outsiders, the Panthers had the biggest year-to-year offensive improvement in their history: they were dead last in 2010, and moved up to 4th offensively in 2011, according to Football Outsiders' statistical formulas. In addition, Football Outsiders states that Carolina had the best running game in their calculations' history. This was due to the addition Cam Newton's running ability to the high-quality running tandem of running backs DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart. [1] The rushing attack eclipsed that of the previous record holder, the 2000 St. Louis Rams. In the process, Carolina became the first team in NFL history to have three players with 700 or more yards rushing in the same season: running back DeAngelo Williams with 836, running back Jonathan Stewart with 761 and quarterback Cam Newton with 706. The Panthers also set the team record for net yards with 6,237 yards, breaking the record originally set by the 2004 team.

Carolina's defense, however, was ranked last in the league, according to Football Outsiders.[2] They allowed the fifth-most total yards in the league on defense in 2011, and the sixth-most points.Their pass defense gave up 7.6 yards per pass attempt (tied for worst in the league), and their 6.2 yards allowed per play was tied for third-worst in the league.[3]

OffseasonEdit

2011 NFL DraftEdit

Round Selection Player Position College
1 1 Cam Newton Quarterback Auburn
2 33[a]
3 65 Terrell McClain Defensive Tackle South Florida
3 97 [b] Sione Fua Defensive Tackle Stanford
4 98 Brandon Hogan Cornerback West Virginia
5 132 Kealoha Pilares Wide Receiver Hawaii
6 166 Lawrence Wilson Outside Linebacker Connecticut
6 203 [b] Zachary Williams Center Washington State
7 204[c]
7 244 [b] Lee Ziemba Offensive Tackle Auburn
^[a] The Panthers traded its second-round selection (#33 overall) to the New England Patriots in exchange for a 2010 third round selection (#89 overall; used to select WR Armanti Edwards).
^[b] Compensatory selection.
^[c] The Panthers traded its original seventh-round selection (#204 overall) to the Green Bay Packers in exchange for long snapper J. J. Jansen.

Free AgencyEdit

Key Free Agent re-signings
  • DE Charles Johnson: 6 years, $72 million, $30 million signing bonus.
  • RB DeAngelo Williams: 5 years, $43 million, $21 million signing bonus.
  • LB Jon Beason: 5 years, $50 million
  • LB James Anderson: 5 years, $22 million, $8.5 million guaranteed.
  • LB Thomas Davis: received a 5 year extention
Other Free Agents acquisitions
  • K Olindo Mare (Seahawks): 3 years, $12 million, $4 million signing bonus.
  • TE Ben Hartsock (Jets): 2 years, terms unknown
  • TE Jeremy Shockey (Saints): 1 year, terms unknown
  • WR Legedu Naanee (Chargers): 1 year, terms unknown
  • LB Omar Gaither (Eagles): 1 year, term unknown
  • TE Greg Olsen ( trade w/ Bears): 4 years, $24 million. Carolina traded a 2012 third round draft pick to acquire the tight end
  • QB Derek Anderson (Cardinals): 1 year, terms unknown]

PreseasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

The Panthers' preseason schedule was announced on April 12, 2011.

Week Date Opponent Results Game site NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 August 13 New York Giants W 20–10 1–0 Bank of America Stadium Recap
2 August 19 at Miami L 10–20 1–1 Sun Life Stadium Recap
3 August 25 at Cincinnati L 13–24 1–2 Paul Brown Stadium Recap
4 September 1 Pittsburgh L 17–33 1–3 Bank of America Stadium Recap

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Results Game site NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 September 11 at Arizona L 21–28 0–1 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
2 September 18 Green Bay L 23–30 0–2 Bank of America Stadium Recap
3 September 25 Jacksonville W 16–10 1–2 Bank of America Stadium Recap
4 October 2 at Chicago L 29–34 1–3 Soldier Field Recap
5 October 9 New Orleans L 27–30 1–4 Bank of America Stadium Recap
6 October 16 at Atlanta L 17–31 1–5 Georgia Dome Recap
7 October 23 Washington W 33–20 2–5 Bank of America Stadium Recap
8 October 30 Minnesota L 21–24 2–6 Bank of America Stadium Recap
9 Bye week
10 November 13 Tennessee L 3–30 2–7 Bank of America Stadium Recap
11 November 20 at Detroit L 35–49 2–8 Ford Field Recap
12 November 27 at Indianapolis W 27–19 3–8 Lucas Oil Stadium Recap
13 December 4 at Tampa Bay W 38–19 4–8 Raymond James Stadium Recap
14 December 11 Atlanta L 23–31 4–9 Bank of America Stadium Recap
15 December 18 at Houston W 28–13 5–9 Reliant Stadium Recap
16 December 24 Tampa Bay W 48–16 6–9 Bank of America Stadium Recap
17 January 1 at New Orleans L 17–45 6–10 Superdome Recap

Game summariesEdit

Week 1: at Arizona CardinalsEdit

Week One: Carolina Panthers at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 7 7 7 0 21
Cardinals 7 0 7 14 28

at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

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Top passers
  • CAR – Cam Newton - 24/37 422 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT
  • ARI – Kevin Kolb - 18/27 309 YDS, 2 TD
Top rushers
  • CAR – DeAngelo Williams - 12 ATT, 30 YDS Jonathan Stewart- 7 ATT, 26 YDS
  • ARI - Beanie Wells- 18 ATT, 90 YDS, 1 TD
Top receivers
  • CAR – Steve Smith- 8 REC, 178 YDS, 2 TD Greg Olsen- 4 REC, 78 YDS
  • ARI – Early Doucet- 3 REC, 105 YDS, 1 TD Larry Fitzgerald- 3 REC, 62 YDS
Top tacklers
  • CAR -
  • ARI –

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The Panthers opened up their regular season on the road against the Cardinals. Cam Newton came into the game after a mixed-performance 1-3 preseason. Newton surprisingly threw for 422 pass yards, an NFL record for a rookies' debut. The Panthers came into the 3rd quarter leading 14-7, Newton having thrown 2 touchdown passes, each to Steve Smith. The Panthers came into the 4th quarter tied at 21. On a 4th & 13 at the Cardinals 47 yard line, the Panthers were forced to punt. Patrick Peterson returned the ball into the endzone for an 89-yard touchdown return. With 1:19 left, 4th and 5, at the Cardinals 6 yard line, game on the line, Cam Newton threw a short 4-yard pass to Mike Goodson which wasn't enough for the Panthers despite an amazing debut by Panthers rookie QB Cam Newton. With the loss the Panthers fell to 0-1 and lost their 3rd consecutive regular season opener.

Week 2: vs. Green Bay PackersEdit

Week Two: Green Bay Packers at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 0 7 16 7 30
Panthers 10 3 0 10 23

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

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The Panthers' first home game of the season was a duel against the defending super bowl champions, the Green Bay Packers. Cam Newton threw for once again another 400+ yard game, becoming the first rookie ever to do so and only the 6th quarterback in NFL history to accomplish such a feat. Newton picked off where he left off against the Cardinals with an early score with 9:26 left in the 1st quarter of the game. The Panthers would lead 13-7 at halftime, stunning the defending superbowl champions. However, Green Bay would come back when Aaron Rodgers threw a 49-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Greg Jennings to put the Packers up 14-13. A big game-changer was when there was 9:31 left in the 3rd quarter of the game. Cam Newton found Steve Smith, but Smith fumbled the football and Charles Woodson picked it up. Another big game changer was on a 4th and 4 at the Packers 6 yard line with 3:23 left in the game, score being 23-16 Packers, Cam Newton tried to scramble for the first down, but was 2 yards shy. The Packers would go on to win the game, 30-23, a much closer game than expected, but the Panthers still fell to 0-2 on the season.

Week 3: vs. Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

Week Three: Jacksonville Jaguars at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Jaguars 0 10 0 0 10
Panthers 2 3 3 8 16

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

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  • CAR - Olindo Mare 35-yard field is good Panthers 5-0
  • JAC - Josh Scobee 53-yard field goal is good Jaguars 3-5
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Top passers
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Top receivers
  • JAC – Mike Thomas – 4 receptions, 55 yards, 1 TD
  • CAR – Greg Olsen – 7 receptions, 57 yards, 1 TD
Top tacklers

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The Panthers came into Week 3 in need of a win in order to save their season. This game would be against the Jacksonville Jaguars, who had gone 8-8 last season and were 1-1 to start the season in 2011. The Jaguars would bench Luke McCown and start rookie Blaine Gabbert after McCown's disastrous 4 interceptions in a devestating 32-3 loss to the New York Jets. The Panthers would start the game by sacking Gabbert and getting a safety, to lead 2-0. With the score 5-3, rain started coming down, and due to this, Gabbert was picked off by Sherrod Martin. With 0:06 left in the 1st half, Blaine Gabbert threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Mike Thomas which was the first career touchdown pass by Blaine Gabbert and the first touchdown pass for the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2011 season. Jacksonville would go up 10-5 at halftime. However, Carolina would come back. With 6:05 left in the 4th quarter, the rain not coming down anymore, Cam Newton finally found Steve Smith for a gain of 13 yards. On the same drive, with 4:27 left, on a 3rd and 2, Cam Newton found his new tight end, Greg Olsen, for a 16-yard touchdown pass to put the Panthers up 14-10. They would get the 2-point conversion which would put them up 16-10. Then, at the Panthers 35 yard line, 0:06 remaining on the game clock, the last play of the game, Blaine Gabbert's pass was tipped and incomplete, giving the Panthers' their first win of the season, putting them at 1-2.

Week 4: at Chicago BearsEdit

Week Four: Carolina Panthers at Chicago Bears – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 3 17 0 9 29
Bears 10 14 0 10 34

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

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Top passers
  • CAR – Cam Newton- 27/46 374 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT
  • CHI - Jay Cutler - 9/17, 102 YDS, 1 INT
Top rushers
  • CAR –
  • CHI –
Top receivers
  • CAR –
  • CHI –
Top tacklers
  • CAR –
  • CHI –

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In order to keep their season alive, the Panthers were in need of a win against the Bears to qualify for their first 2-2 or above start since 2008. Cam Newton threw for another thrilling 374 pass yards, which would be the highest total he would end up throwing as of Week 16. Things started rough for the Panthers when Newton threw a pass to D.J. Moore which was taken back the other way for a Chicago Bears touchdown which put the Bears up, 10-3. Panthers now trailing 17-10, on a 4th and 5, forced to punt, Devin Hester beats out the Panthers special teams' for a 69-yard punt return, which would break the NFL record for punt return touchdowns (11). At halftime, the Panthers were trailing 24-20. The third quarter was scoreless. But in the fourth quarter, with 14:17 remaining on the game clock, Jay Cutler threw a pass to Charles Godfrey for an interception which they would get a field goal out of. With 1:55 left on the game clock, Panthers trailing by 1, 23-24, on a fourth-and-10 at their own 42, Cam Newton threw a deep pass to Legedu Naanee which was incomplete. Matt Forte basically sealed the deal on the very next play from the Bears' 43 when he ran for 40 yards down to the Panthers' 3. The Bears would punch it in and would go on to win the game, 34-29. For the first time in his career, Cam Newton was nominated for the Pepsi Rookie Of The Week awards. With the loss, the Panthers fell to 1-3.

Week 5: vs. New Orleans SaintsEdit

Week Five: New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 10 10 3 7 30
Panthers 6 7 7 7 27

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Game information
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First quarter

J. Collins 1-yard TD Pass from Drew Brees- Saints 6-0 J. Kasay XP is Good- Saints 7-0 J. Kasay 23-yard field goal- Saints 10-0 S.Smith 54-yard TD Pass from Cam Newton- XP Kick Blocked- Panthers 10-6

Second quarter

M. Ingram 1-yard TD Run- Saints 16-6 J. Kasay XP is Good- Saints 17-6 D. Williams 69-yard TD Run- Saints 17-12 O. Mare XP is Good- Saints 17-13 J. Kasay 46-yard field goal- Saints 20-13

Third quarter

J. Kasay 37-yard field goal- Saints 23-13 C. Newton 1-yard TD Run- Saints 23-19 O. Mare XP is Good- Saints 23-20

Fourth quarter

G. Olsen 5-yard TD Pass from Cam Newton- Panthers 26-23 O. Mare XP is Good- Panthers 27-23 P. Thomas 6-yard TD Pass from Drew Brees- Saints 29-27 J. Kasay XP is Good- Saints 30-27 Template:Multicol-break

Top passers
  • NO – Drew Brees- 359 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT
  • CAR – Cam Newton- 224 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT
Top rushers
  • NO – Darren Sproles- 11 ATT, 51 YDS
  • CAR – DeAngelo Williams- 9 ATT, 115 YDS, 1 TD
Top receivers
  • NO – Jimmy Graham- 8 REC, 129 YDS
  • CAR – Steve Smith- 3 REC, 79 YDS, 1 TD
Top tacklers
  • NO –
  • CAR –

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The Panthers came into Week 5 again craving a win to get their season back on track. This time they were facing the former super bowl champions, the New Orleans Saints. The Saints were leading 10-0 with 3:04 left in the first quarter when Cam Newton threw a pass to wide receiver Steve Smith for a 54 yard touchdown. There would be a short fight after the play, and Olindo Mare would miss the extra point, it being blocked. With 4:01 left in the second quarter, the Panthers were trailing 17-6. Not when DeAngelo Williams took a left pitch from Cam Newton for a 69-yard score, Williams' first touchdown since 2009. Right before halftime, with 0:10 left, Sean Payton was trying to get the field goal unit out on the field for a John Kasay 46-yard field goal. Ron Rivera took a timeout because he thought he had too many men on the field, which would cost them a field goal which put the Saints up, 20-13. With 2:36 left in the third quarter, on a 2nd and 8, score 23-20 Saints, Drew Brees was intercepted by Sherrod Martin. Off of the interception, with 12:40 left in the game, on a 3rd and goal, Newton found Greg Olsen for a 5-yard touchdown to put the Panthers up 27-23. With 0:56 left in the game, Brees threw a short pass to Pierre Thomas for a six-yard score. Saints go up, 30-27. With 0:27 left, on a fourth-and-10, Cam Newton's pass is incomplete, intended for Greg Olsen, but there was a pass interference call on Roman Harper which set up a Panthers first down. Then, on a 3rd and 12 with 0:05 remaining, Cam Newton's pass, intended for Steve Smith is incomplete. With the close loss the Panthers fell to 1-4 on the season, though only being outscored 119-132 on the season.

Week 6: at Atlanta FalconsEdit

Week Six: Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 3 7 7 0 17
Falcons 7 7 0 17 31

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Date: October 16
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 69,047
  • Referee: Pete Morelli
  • TV announcers (Fox): Ron Pitts and Jim Mora, Jr.
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Top passers
  • CAR – Cam Newton - 21/35 237 YDS, 3 INT
  • ATL – Matt Ryan - 14/22 163 YDS, 1 TD
Top rushers
  • CAR – Jonathan Stewart - 7 ATT, 49 YDS, 1 TD
  • ATL – Michael Turner - 27 ATT, 139 YDS, 2 TD
Top receivers
  • CAR – Steve Smith- 5 REC, 66 YDS
  • ATL – Harry Douglas- 2 REC, 57 YDS
Top tacklers
  • CAR –
  • ATL –

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With the loss, the Panthers fell to 1-5.

Week 7: vs. Washington RedskinsEdit

Week Seven: Washington Redskins at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 0 6 7 7 20
Panthers 3 6 14 10 33

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

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Top passers
  • WAS – John Beck- 22/37 279 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT
  • CAR – Cam Newton- 18/23 256 YDS, 1 TD
Top rushers
  • WAS – Tim Hightower- 17 ATT, 88 YDS
  • CAR – Jonathan Stewart- 14 ATT, 68 YDS, 1 TD
Top receivers
  • WAS – Fred Davis - 6 REC, 80 YDS, 1 TD
  • CAR – Steve Smith- 7 REC, 143 YDS
Top tacklers
  • WAS –
  • CAR –

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Week 8: vs. Minnesota VikingsEdit

Week Eight: Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 7 7 7 3 24
Panthers 0 14 7 0 21

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

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Top passers
  • MIN – Christian Ponder - 18/28 236 YDS, 1 TD
  • CAR – Cam Newton - 22/35 - 290 YDS, 3 TD, 2 FUMBLES
Top rushers
  • MIN – Adrian Peterson - 20 ATT, 83 YDS, 1 TD
  • CAR – Cam Newton- 6 ATT, 53 YDS
Top receivers
  • MIN – Adrian Peterson - 5 REC, 76 YDS, 1 TD
  • CAR – Steve Smith - 7 REC, 100 YDS, 1 TD
Top tacklers
  • MIN –
  • CAR –

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Week 10: vs. Tennessee TitansEdit

Week Ten: Tennessee Titans at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Titans 14 3 3 10 30
Panthers 0 0 3 0 3

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

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Top passers
  • TEN –
  • CAR –
Top rushers
  • TEN –
  • CAR –
Top receivers
  • TEN –
  • CAR –
Top tacklers
  • TEN –
  • CAR –

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Week 11: at Detroit LionsEdit

Week Eleven: Carolina Panthers at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 10 17 0 8 35
Lions 0 14 14 21 49

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

  • Date: November 20
  • Game weather: Played indoors (domed stadium)
  • Game attendance: 63,633
  • Referee: Gene Steratore
  • TV announcers (Fox): Dick Stockton, John Lynch and Jennifer Hale
  • Recap
    Gamebook
Game information
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First quarter
  • CAR - Olindo Mare 27 yard field goal, Panthers 3–0, Drive: 9 plays, 73 yards, 4:40.
  • CAR - Steve Smith 15 yard pass from Cam Newton (Olindo Mare kick), Panthers 10–0, Drive: 5 plays, 29 yards, 1:54.
Second quarter
  • DET - Kevin Smith 28 yard pass from Matthew Stafford (Jason Hanson kick), Panthers 10–7, Drive: 3 plays, 80 yards, 1:31.
  • CAR - Kealoha Pilares 101 yard kickoff return (Olindo Mare kick), Panthers 17–7, Drive info: 1 plays, 102 yards, 0:00.
  • CAR - Cam Newton 11 yard run (Olindo Mare kick), Panthers 24–7, Drive: 5 plays, 48 yards, 1:53.
  • DET - Titus Young 3 yard pass from Matthew Stafford (Jason Hanson kick), Panthers 24–14, Drive: 12 plays, 80 yards, 6:35.
  • CAR - Olindo Mare 31 yard field goal, Panthers 27–14, Drive: 13 plays, 72 yards, 2:57.
Third quarter
  • DET - Nate Burleson 16 yard pass from Matthew Stafford (Jason Hanson kick), Panthers 27–21, Drive: 3 plays, 30 yards, 1:23.
  • DET - Tony Scheffler 17 yard pass from Matthew Stafford (Jason Hanson kick), Lions 28–27, Drive: 6 plays, 66 yards, 3:18.
Fourth quarter
  • DET - Kevin Smith 4 yard run (Jason Hanson kick), Lions 35–27, Drive: 8 plays, 69 yards, 4:34.
  • DET - Cam Newton 6 yard run (Cam Newton pass to Steve Smith for two-point conversion), Tied 35–35, Drive: 6 plays, 80 yards, 3:03.
  • DET - Brandon Pettigrew 7 yard pass from Matthew Stafford (Jason Hanson kick), Lions 42–35, Drive: 7 plays, 80 yards, 2:27.
  • DET - Kevin Smith 19 yard run (Jason Hanson kick), Lions 49–35, Drive: 3 plays, 23 yards, 0:17.

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Top passers
  • CAR - Cam Newton - 22/38, 280 yard, 1 touchdown, 4 interceptions
  • DET - Matthew Stafford - 28/36, 335 yards, 5 touchdowns, 2 interceptions
Top rushers
  • CAR - DeAngelo Williams - 10 carries, 73 yards
  • DET - Kevin Smith - 16 carries, 140 yards, 2 touchdowns
Top receivers
  • CAR - Jonathan Stewart - 6 receptions, 87 yards
  • DET - Calvin Johnson - 5 receptions, 89 yards
Top tacklers
  • CAR - James Anderson - 7 tackles, 3 assists
  • DET - DeAndre Levy - 5 tackles, 3 assists

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Week 12: at Indianapolis ColtsEdit

Week Twelve: Carolina Panthers at Indianapolis Colts – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 3 7 7 10 27
Colts 0 10 3 6 19

at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Date: November 27
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 63,928
  • Referee: Tony Corrente
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Tim Ryan and Jaime Maggio
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Top passers
  • CAR –
  • IND –
Top rushers
  • CAR –
  • IND –
Top receivers
  • CAR –
  • IND –
Top tacklers
  • CAR –
  • IND –

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Week 13: at Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

Week Thirteen: Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 14 10 7 7 38
Buccaneers 3 9 0 7 19

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

  • Date: December 4
  • Game weather: 79° F, Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 56,270
  • Referee: Gene Steratore
  • TV announcers (Fox): Ron Pitts, Jim Mora, Jr. and Drea Avent
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Top passers
  • Car – Newton, 12-/21, 204 yards, 1 touchdown, 0 interceptions
  • TB – Johnson, 16/27, 229 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception
Top rushers
  • Car – Stewart, 14 rushes, 80 yards, 1 touchdown
  • TB – Johnson, 5 rushes, 45 yards
Top receivers
  • Car – LaFell, 4 for 31 yards
  • TB – Williams, 5 for 93 yards
Top tacklers
  • Car – Godfrey, 7 tackles, 2 assists
  • TB – Jones, 9 tackles, 1 assist

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Week 14: vs. Atlanta FalconsEdit

Week Fourteen: Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 7 0 10 14 31
Panthers 7 16 0 0 23

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

  • Date: December 11
  • Game weather: 43° F, Sunny
  • Game attendance: 72,680
  • Referee: Walt Anderson
  • TV announcers (Fox): Ron Pitts, Jim Mora, Jr. and Drea Avent
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Top passers
  • ATL –
  • CAR –
Top rushers
  • ATL –
  • CAR –
Top receivers
  • ATL –
  • CAR –
Top tacklers
  • ATL –
  • CAR –

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Week 15: at Houston TexansEdit

Week Fifteen: Carolina Panthers at Houston Texans – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 7 14 0 7 28
Texans 0 0 6 7 13

at Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas

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Top passers
  • CAR –
  • HOU –
Top rushers
  • CAR –
  • HOU –
Top receivers
  • CAR –
  • HOU –
Top tacklers
  • CAR –
  • HOU –

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Week 16: vs. Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

Week Sixteen: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Buccaneers 0 10 0 6 16
Panthers 10 10 21 7 48

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

  • Date: December 24
  • Game weather: 51° F, Partly Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 70,363
  • Referee: Carl Cheffers
  • TV announcers (Fox): Sam Rosen, Chad Pennington and Jody Jackson
Game information
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First quarter
  • CAR - DeAngelo Williams 8 yards run (Olindo Mare kick), Panthers 7-0, Drive: 9 plays, 80 yards, 4:48.
  • CAR - Olindo Mare 21 yard field goal, Panthers 10-0, Drive: 4 plays, 5 yards, 1:32.
Second quarter
  • TB - Arrelious Benn 4 yard pass from Josh Freeman (Connor Barth kick), Panthers 10-7, Drive: 15 plays, 80 yards, 9:20.
  • CAR - Brandon LaFell 91 yard pass from Cam Newton (Olindo Mare kick), Panthers 17-7, Drive: 2 plays, 92 yards, 1:01.
  • TB - Connor Barth 42 yard field goal, Panthers 17-10, Drive: 11 plays, 61 yards, 7:33.
  • CAR - Olindo Mare 19 yard field goal, Panthers 20-10, Drive: 10 plays, 79 yards, 5:08.
Third quarter
  • CAR - DeAngelo Williams 22 yard run (Olindo Mare kick), Panthers 27-10, Drive: 3 plays, 32 yards, 1:32.
  • CAR - Jonathan Stewart 11 yard pass from Cam Newton (Olindo Mare kick), Panthers 34-10, Drive: 6 plays, 61 yards, 3:34.
  • CAR - Cam Newton 49 yard run (Olindo Mare kick), Panthers 41-10, Drive: 2 plays, 55 yards, 0:49.
Fourth quarter
  • CAR - Jeremy Shockey 8 yard pass from Cam Newton (Olindo Mare kick), Panthers: 48-16, Drive: 2 plays, 8 yards, 0:24.
  • TB - Josh Freeman 1 yard run (2-point conversion pass attempt failed), Panthers: 48-24, Drive: 8 plays, 80 yards, 3:45.

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Top passers
  • TB – Josh Freeman - 28/38, 247 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception
  • CAR – Cam Newton - 12/17, 171 yards, 3 touchdowns
Top rushers
  • TB – Kregg Lumpkin - 7 carries, 24 yards
  • CAR – Jonathan Stewart - 7 carries, 88 yards
Top receivers
  • TB – Kellen Winslow - 6 receptions, 63 yards
  • CAR – Brandon LaFell - 3 receptions, 103 yards, 1 touchdown
Top tacklers
  • TB – E.J. Biggers - 4 tackles and Tanard Jackson - 4 tackles
  • CAR – Jordan Senn - 8 tackles, 2 assists

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Week 17: at New Orleans SaintsEdit

Week Seventeen: Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 7 10 0 0 17
Saints 14 10 7 7 38

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Date: January 1
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 73,065
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • TV announcers (Fox): Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, & Pam Oliver
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Top passers
  • CAR –
  • NO –
Top rushers
  • CAR –
  • NO –
Top receivers
  • CAR –
  • NO –
Top tacklers
  • CAR –
  • NO –

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The Panthers look to win their third straight against the New Orleans Saints in Week 17 and their third straight road game and finish the season at 7-9, which would be a 5-game improvement over the previous year. The last time the Panthers faced the Saints, the Saints won 30-27 in a close matchup. Cam Newton looks to get his first 400 yard passing game since Week 2 of the 2011 regular season.

StandingsEdit

Template:2011 NFC South standings

StaffEdit

Carolina Panthers 2011 staff
Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

 

Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Joe Kenn
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Adam Feit

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Final rosterEdit

2011 Carolina Panthers final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 18 Inactive, 7 Practice squad

Notes and referencesEdit

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