2015 Carolina Panthers season
Head Coach Ron Rivera
General Manager Dave Gettleman
Home Field Bank of America Stadium
Record 15-1
Place 1st NFC South
Playoff Finish Won Divisional Playoffs (Seahawks) 31-24
Won Conference Championship (Cardinals) 49-15
Lost Super Bowl 50 (Broncos) 24-10
Pro Bowlers LB Thomas Davis
C Ryan Kalil
LB Luke Kuechly
QB Cam Newton
CB Josh Norman
TE Greg Olsen
DT Kawann Short
RB Jonathan Stewart
FB Mike Tolbert
OG Trai Turner
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The 2015 Carolina Panthers season is be the franchise's 21st season in the National Football League and the fifth under head coach Ron Rivera.

Despite waiving running back DeAngelo Williams and losing top wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin who suffered a torn ACL in the preseason, Carolina had their best regular season in franchise history, becoming the 7th team to win at least 15 regular season games since the league expanded to a 16 game schedule in 1978. The Panthers joined the 1984 San Francisco 49ers, 1985 Chicago Bears (which Ron Rivera served as a linebacker), 1998 Minnesota Vikings, 2004 Pittsburgh Steelers, 2007 New England Patriots (who were a perfect 16–0 in the regular season), and the 2011 Green Bay Packers as the only teams to accomplish this feat.

Carolina started the season 14–0, not only setting franchise records for the best start and the longest single-season winning streak, but also posting the best start to a season by an NFC team in NFL history, breaking the 13–0 record previously shared with the 2009 New Orleans Saints and the previously mentioned Packer. They joined the AFC teams 1972 Miami Dolphins, the previously mentioned 2007 Patriots, and the 2009 Indianapolis Colts as the only teams to reach 14-0. Carolina clinched their third straight NFC South title on December 6, when the Atlanta Falcons lost earlier that day, becoming the first team to clinch a playoff berth that season, and giving the Panthers a home playoff game for the third consecutive year. The Panthers undefeated streak came to an end at the hands of Atlanta in a week 16 rematch in 1 close 13-20 game. A week later, however, Carolina rebounded and demolished the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to finish 15–1 in a 38-10. Minutes before their game ended, the Seattle Seahawks routed the Arizona Cardinals, giving the Panthers home-field advantage throughout the playoffs for the first time in franchise history.

In the playoffs, the Panthers beat the Seattle Seahawks in the divisional round, avenging their elimination from a year earlier. The Panthers then blew out the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Championship Game by a score of 49–15 to advance to Super Bowl 50 in their first appearance in 13 years following Super Bowl XXXVIII where they lost to the Denver Broncos by a score of 24-10.

2015 draft class[edit | edit source]

Round Selection Player Position College
1 25
2 41
3 102
4 169
5 174

Schedule[edit | edit source]

Preseason[edit | edit source]

Week Date Opponent Results Game site NFL.com
Final score Team record
1 August 14 at Buffalo W 25-24 1-0 Ralph Wilson Stadium Recap
2 August 22 Miami W 31-30 2-0 Bank of America Stadium Recap
3 August 28 New England L 16-17 2-1 Bank of America Stadium Recap
4 September 3 at Pittsburgh W 23-6 3-1 Heinz Field Recap

Regular season[edit | edit source]

Week Date Opponent Results Game site NFL.com
Final score Team record
1 September 13 at Jacksonville W 20-9 1-0 EverBank Field Recap
2 September 20 Houston W 24-17 2-0 Bank of America Stadium Recap
3 September 27 New Orleans W 27-22 3-0 Bank of America Stadium Recap
4 October 4 at Tampa Bay W 37-23 4-0 Raymond James Stadium Recap
5 Bye week
6 October 18 at Seattle W 27-23 5-0 CenturyLink Field Recap
7 October 25 Philadelphia W 27-16 6-0 Bank of America Stadium Recap
8 November 2 Indianapolis W 29-26 (OT) 7-0 Bank of America Stadium Recap
9 October 25 Green Bay W 37-29 8-0 Bank of America Stadium Recap
10 October 25 at Tennessee W 27-10 9-0 Nissan Stadium Recap
11 October 25 Washington W 44-16 10-0 Bank of America Stadium Recap
12 November 26 at Dallas W 33-14 11-0 AT&T Stadium Recap
13 October 25 at New Orleans W 41-38 12-0 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
14 October 25 Atlanta W 38-0 13-0 Bank of America Stadium Recap
15 October 25 at New York W 38-35 14-0 MetLife Stadium Recap
16 December 27 at Atlanta L 13-20 14-1 Georgia Dome Recap
17 December 28 Tampa Bay W 38-10 15-1 Bank of America Stadium Recap

Postseason[edit | edit source]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game Site NFL.com Recap
Wild Card Bye week
Divisional January 17 Seattle (6) W 31-24 16-1 Bank of America Stadium Recap
NFC Championship January 24 Arizona (2) W 49-15 17-1 Bank of America Stadium Recap
Super Bowl 50 February 7 Denver (A1) L 24-10 17-2 Levi's Stadium Recap

Game Summaries[edit | edit source]

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