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2016 Carolina Panthers season
Head Coach Ron Rivera
General Manager Dave Gettleman
Home Field Bank of America Stadium
Results
Record 6–10
Place 4th NFC South
Playoff Finish Did not qualify
Pro Bowlers
Timeline
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The 2016 Carolina Panthers season was the franchise's 22nd season in the National Football League and the sixth under head coach Ron Rivera. It was also the team's 20th season at Bank of America Stadium. The previous year, the Panthers achieved their highest win total in franchise history with a 15–1 record, but lost to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50. They entered the 2016 season as the defending NFC champions and NFC South champions and hope to repeat as NFC champions.

After a 1–5 start, their worst since 2004 (where they also were defending NFC Champions), the Panthers finished the season at 6–10, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2012. The Panthers struggled throughout the 2016 season with injuries and loss of star players via Free Agency and retirement. The Panthers became the first team in NFL history to go 15–1 and miss the playoffs the following year, the first runners up in the Super Bowl to miss the playoffs the next year since the 2008 Patriots, and failed to win the NFC South for the first time in three seasons. This was also the first team to have at least 15 wins and finish last in their division the following season. They were eliminated from playoff contention in Week 16 when they lost to the Atlanta Falcons 33-16. Template:TOC limit

OffseasonEdit

DraftEdit

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2016 Carolina Panthers Draft
Round Selection Player Position College
1 30 Vernon Butler DT Louisiana Tech
2 62 James Bradberry CB Samford
3 77 Daryl Worley CB West Virginia
5 141 Zack Sanchez CB Oklahoma
7 252 Beau Sandland TE Montana State

Notes

StaffEdit

2016 Carolina Panthers final staff
Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

  Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

Final rosterEdit

2016 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, 16 Inactive, 10 Practice squad

ScheduleEdit

PreseasonEdit

File:Panthers at Ravens 2016 preseason.jpg
Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 11 at Baltimore L 19–22 0–1 M&T Bank Stadium Recap
2 August 20 at Tennessee W 26–16 1–1 Nissan Stadium Recap
3 August 26 New England L 17–19 1–2 Bank of America Stadium Recap
4 September 1 Pittsburgh W 18–6 2–2 Bank of America Stadium Recap

Regular seasonEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 8 at Denver L 20–21 0–1 Mile High Recap
2 September 18 San Francisco W 46–27 1–1 Bank of America Stadium Recap
3 September 25 Minnesota L 10–22 1–2 Bank of America Stadium Recap
4 October 2 at Atlanta L 33–48 1–3 Georgia Dome Recap
5 October 10 Tampa Bay L 14–17 1–4 Bank of America Stadium Recap
6 October 16 at New Orleans L 38–41 1–5 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
7 Bye
8 October 30 Arizona W 30–20 2–5 Bank of America Stadium Recap
9 November 6 at LA Rams W 13–10 3–5 LA Coliseum Recap
10 November 13 Kansas City L 17–20 3–6 Bank of America Stadium Recap
11 November 17 New Orleans W 23–20 4–6 Bank of America Stadium Recap
12 November 27 at Oakland L 32–35 4–7 Oakland Coliseum Recap
13 December 4 at Seattle L 7–40 4–8 CenturyLink Field Recap
14 December 11 San Diego W 28–16 5–8 Bank of America Stadium Recap
15 December 19 at Washington W 26–15 6–8 FedEx Field Recap
16 December 24 Atlanta L 16–33 6–9 Bank of America Stadium Recap
17 January 1 at Tampa Bay L 16–17 6–10 Raymond James Stadium Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summariesEdit

Week 1: at Denver BroncosEdit

NFL Kickoff game

Week One: Carolina Panthers at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 7 10 0 3 20
Broncos 0 7 0 14 21

at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

Game information
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First quarter

Second quarter

  • DEN – Andy Janovich 28-yard run (Brandon McManus kick), 12:16. Tied 7–7. Drive: 5 plays, 80 yards, 2:36.
  • CAR – Cam Newton 2-yard run (Graham Gano kick), 3:01. Panthers 14–7. Drive: 18 plays, 89 yards, 9:15.
  • CAR – Graham Gano 44-yard field goal, 0:03. Panthers 17–7. Drive: 7 plays, 52 yards, 1:42.

Third quarter

  • No scoring plays

Fourth quarter

  • DEN – C. J. Anderson 25-yard pass from Trevor Siemian (Brandon McManus kick), 14:50. Panthers 17–14. Drive: 8 plays, 78 yards, 4:08.
  • DEN – C. J. Anderson 1-yard run (Brandon McManus kick), 9:26. Broncos 21–17. Drive: 10 plays, 23 yards, 4:41.
  • CAR – Graham Gano 36-yard field goal, 4:21. Broncos 21–20. Drive: 10 plays, 57 yards, 5:05.

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  • CAR – Cam Newton – 18/33, 194 yards, TD, INT
  • DEN – Trevor Siemian – 18/26, 178 yards, TD, 2 INT

Top rushers

  • CAR – Jonathan Stewart – 15 rushes, 64 yards
  • DEN – C. J. Anderson – 20 rushes, 92 yards, TD

Top receivers

  • CAR – Kelvin Benjamin – 6 receptions, 91 yards, TD
  • DEN – Emmanuel Sanders – 5 receptions, 49 yards

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The Panthers were up 17–7 in the fourth quarter which saw the Broncos put up 14 points. Down 21–20, Graham Gano attempted a potential game winning 50 yard kick but the ball flew wide left, handing the Panthers a 0–1 start to the season.[1]

Week 2: vs. San Francisco 49ersEdit

Week Two: San Francisco 49ers at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 3 7 0 17 27
Panthers 7 10 14 15 46

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Game information
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First quarter

  • SF – Phil Dawson 29-yard field goal, 11:21. 49ers 3–0. Drive: 7 plays, 11 yards, 2:56.
  • CAR – Shaq Thompson 9-yard fumble return (Graham Gano kick), 4:04. Panthers 7–3.

Second quarter

  • SF – Torrey Smith 28-yard pass from Blaine Gabbert (Phil Dawson kick), 10:02. 49ers 10–7. Drive: 7 plays, 59 yards, 3:38.
  • CAR – Greg Olsen 78-yard pass from Cam Newton (Graham Gano kick), 9:40. Panthers 14–10. Drive: 1 play, 78 yards, 0:22.
  • CAR – Graham Gano 39-yard field goal, 0:01. Panthers 17–10. Drive: 6 plays, 33 yards, 0:41.

Third quarter

  • CAR – Kelvin Benjamin 10-yard pass from Cam Newton (Graham Gano kick), 8:38. Panthers 24–10. Drive: 8 plays, 69 yards, 4:51.
  • CAR – Kelvin Benjamin 9-yard pass from Cam Newton (Graham Gano kick), 4:56. Panthers 31–10. Drive: 6 plays, 75 yards, 2:54.

Fourth quarter

  • SF – Phil Dawson 39-yard field goal, 12:38. Panthers 31–13. Drive: 4 plays, −4 yards, 1:23.
  • SF – Blaine Gabbert 1-yard run (Phil Dawson kick), 12:31. Panthers 31–20. Drive: 1 play, 1 yard, 0:07.
  • CAR – Graham Gano 31-yard field goal, 8:07. Panthers 34–20. Drive: 8 plays, 25 yards, 4:24.
  • SF – Vance McDonald 75-yard pass from Blaine Gabbert (Phil Dawson kick), 7:51. Panthers 34–27. Drive: 2 plays, 75 yards, 0:16.
  • CAR – Graham Gano 49-yard field goal, 4:08. Panthers 37–27. Drive: 9 plays, 40 yards, 3:43.
  • CAR – Devin Funchess 16-yard pass from Cam Newton (kick blocked), 3:31. Panthers 43–27. Drive: 4 plays, 34 yards, 0:26.
  • CAR – Graham Gano 41-yard field goal, 1:06. Panthers 46–27. Drive: 4 plays, 4 yards, 1:56.

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In their home opener, the Panthers looked to win their first game of the season. Carolina went into the fourth quarter with a 21-point lead over the 49ers; with about eight minutes left in the game, San Francisco managed to get within seven of tying the game. Carolina ended up scoring three more times before the game finished and won 46–27, improving to 1–1 on the year.

Week 3: vs. Minnesota VikingsEdit

Week Three: Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 2 6 8 6 22
Panthers 10 0 0 0 10

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

  • Date: September 25
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: Template:Convert/F, partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 73,813
  • Referee: Jerome Boger
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Ronde Barber and Jennifer Hale
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information
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First quarter

  • CAR – Graham Gano 48-yard field goal, 10:52. Panthers 3–0. Drive: 7 plays, 48 yards, 4:08.
  • CAR – Cam Newton 3-yard run (Graham Gano kick), 5:20. Panthers 10–0. Drive: 7 plays, 57 yards, 3:51.
  • MIN – Cam Newton sacked in the end zone by Danielle Hunter for a safety, 1:44. Panthers 10–2.

Second quarter

  • MIN – Marcus Sherels 54-yard punt return (kick failed, wide right), 3:21. Panthers 10–8.

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

  • MIN – Blair Walsh 28-yard field goal, 13:14. Vikings 19–10. Drive: 7 plays, 33 yards, 2:46.
  • MIN – Blair Walsh 31-yard field goal, 5:07. Vikings 22–10. Drive: 11 plays, 49 yards, 5:55.

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The Panthers' fourteen home game winning streak came to an end after losing to Minnesota. They fell to 1–2 as Cam Newton was sacked eight times by the Minnesota defense and threw three picks.

Week 4: at Atlanta FalconsEdit

Week Four: Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 0 10 0 23 33
Falcons 14 3 14 17 48

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

Game information
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First quarter

  • ATL – Jacob Tamme 4-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), 7:14. Falcons 7–0. Drive: 8 plays, 71 yards, 4:19.
  • ATL – Devonta Freeman 13-yard run (Matt Bryant kick), 0:17. Falcons 14–0. Drive: 6 plays, 98 yards, 3:33.

Second quarter

  • CAR – Kurt Coleman 8-yard interception return (Graham Gano kick), 11:31. Falcons 14–7.
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 28-yard field goal, 5:56. Falcons 17–7. Drive: 10 plays, 65 yards, 5:35.
  • CAR – Graham Gano 54-yard field goal, 3:07. Falcons 17–10. Drive: 6 plays, 39 yards, 2:49.

Third quarter

  • ATL – Austin Hooper 42-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), 9:13. Falcons 24–10. Drive: 10 plays, 99 yards, 5:47.
  • ATL – Aldrick Robinson 35-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), 4:57. Falcons 31–10. Drive: 9 plays, 92 yards, 3:19.

Fourth quarter

  • ATL – Matt Bryant 53-yard field goal, 13:19. Falcons 34–10. Drive: 10 plays, 36 yards, 5:17.
  • CAR – Kelvin Benjamin 6-yard pass from Cam Newton (Cam Newton run), 11:42. Falcons 34–18. Drive: 5 plays, 63 yards, 1:37.
  • CAR – Greg Olsen 14-yard pass from Derek Anderson (Derek Anderson–Greg Olsen pass), 3:58. Falcons 34–26. Drive: 9 plays, 94 yards, 5:23.
  • ATL – Julio Jones 75-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), 3:45. Falcons 41–26. Drive: 1 play, 75 yards, 0:13.
  • CAR – Corey Brown 16-yard pass from Derek Anderson (Graham Gano kick), 1:53. Falcons 41–33. Drive: 11 plays, 75 yards, 1:52.
  • ATL – Robert Alford 30-yard interception return (Matt Bryant kick), 1:14. Falcons 48–33.

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  • CAR – Derek Anderson – 17/23, 172 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT
  • ATL – Matt Ryan – 28/37, 503 yards, 4 TD, INT

Top rushers

  • CAR – Cam Newton – 5 rushes, 30 yards
  • ATL – Devonta Freeman – 13 rushes, 57 yards, TD

Top receivers

  • CAR – Fozzy Whittaker – 9 receptions, 86 yards
  • ATL – Julio Jones – 12 receptions, 300 yards, TD

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It was not Carolina's day as the defense had a very hard time putting pressure on Matt Ryan, who threw for 500 yards and four touchdowns, one of them to Julio Jones, who had a monster game, catching 12 passes for 300 yards. It was another rough day for Newton, who left the game with a concussion in the fourth quarter, allowing backup QB Derek Anderson into action. Anderson threw both a pair of touchdowns and interceptions as the Panthers would drop to 1–3.

Week 5: vs. Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

Week Five: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Buccaneers 3 3 8 3 17
Panthers 0 0 14 0 14

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

After being held scoreless in the first half, the Panthers scored two touchdowns in the third quarter. Tampa Bay followed up with a touchdown to tie the game. Late in the fourth quarter, the Buccaneers made a field goal to win 17–14. With the loss the Panthers fall to 1–4.

Week 6: at New Orleans SaintsEdit

Week Six: Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 0 10 7 21 38
Saints 14 10 7 10 41

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information
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First quarter

  • NO – Coby Fleener 2-yard run (Wil Lutz kick), 8:55. Saints 7–0. Drive: 12 plays, 75 yards, 6:05.
  • NO – Brandin Cooks 87-yard pass from Drew Brees (Wil Lutz kick), 2:31. Saints 14–0. Drive: 3 plays, 93 yards, 0:57.

Second quarter

  • NO – Michael Thomas 9-yard pass from Drew Brees (Wil Lutz kick), 13:47. Saints 21–0. Drive: 4 plays, 29 yards, 1:48.
  • CAR – Graham Gano 42-yard field goal, 3:02. Saints 21–3. Drive: 6 plays, 33 yards, 1:09.
  • CAR – Devin Funchess 17-yard pass from Cam Newton (Graham Gano kick), 1:15. Saints 21–10. Drive: 5 plays, 63 yards, 1:09.
  • NO – Wil Lutz 33-yard field goal, 0:10. Saints 24–10. Drive: 7 plays, 60 yards, 1:05.

Third quarter

  • CAR – Ed Dickson 1-yard pass from Cam Newton (Graham Gano kick), 6:49. Saints 24–17. Drive: 12 plays, 60 yards, 4:57.
  • NO – Coby Fleener 50-yard pass from Drew Brees (Wil Lutz kick), 4:56. Saints 31–17. Drive: 5 plays, 75 yards, 1:53.

Fourth quarter

  • CAR – Jonathan Stewart 2-yard run (Graham Gano kick), 14:49. Saints 31–24. Drive: 3 plays, 50 yards, 1:04.
  • CAR – Jonathan Stewart 1-yard run (kick failed, wide right), 9:38. Saints 31–30. Drive: 9 plays, 50 yards, 3:51.
  • NO – Josh Hill 8-yard pass from Drew Brees (Wil Lutz kick), 6:02. Saints 38–30. Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards, 3:36.
  • CAR – Cam Newton 2-yard run (Cam Newton–Devin Funchess pass), 2:58. Tied 38–38. Drive: 6 plays, 78 yards, 3:04.
  • NO – Wil Lutz 52-yard field goal, 0:11. Saints 41–38. Drive: 11 plays, 41 yards, 2:47.

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  • CAR – Cam Newton – 27/47, 322 yards, 2 TD, INT
  • NO – Drew Brees – 34/49, 465 yards, 4 TD, INT

Top rushers

Top receivers

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With Cam Newton returning from a concussion, the Panthers urged a late comeback and tied the game at 38–38, but New Orleans kicker Wil Lutz hit the gamewinner to seal the 41–38 victory for the Saints. With the loss the Panthers drop to 1–5, their worst record since 2012.

Week 7: Bye weekEdit

No game. Carolina had their bye week on Week 7.

Week 8: vs. Arizona CardinalsEdit

Week Eight: Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 0 7 7 6 20
Panthers 14 10 6 0 30

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Game information
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First quarter

  • CAR – Thomas Davis 46-yard fumble return (Graham Gano kick), 11:48. Panthers 7–0.
  • CAR – Jonathan Stewart 2-yard run (Graham Gano kick), 2:24. Panthers 14–0. Drive: 9 plays, 75 yards, 3:54.

Second quarter

  • CAR – Jonathan Stewart 1-yard run (Graham Gano kick), 11:05. Panthers 21–0. Drive: 7 plays, 65 yards, 3:40.
  • CAR – Graham Gano 43-yard field goal, 2:45. Panthers 24–0. Drive: 13 plays, 35 yards, 6:31.
  • ARI – J. J. Nelson 5-yard pass from Carson Palmer (Chandler Catanzaro kick), 0:20. Panthers 24–7. Drive: 9 plays, 75 yards, 2:25.

Third quarter

  • CAR – Graham Gano 52-yard field goal, 11:56. Panthers 27–7. Drive: 8 plays, 41 yards, 3:04.
  • CAR – Graham Gano 21-yard field goal, 7:18. Panthers 30–7. Drive: 9 plays, 55 yards, 3:07.
  • ARI – John Brown 17-yard pass from Carson Palmer (Chandler Catanzaro kick), 1:45. Panthers 30–14. Drive: 10 plays, 75 yards, 5:33.

Fourth quarter

  • ARI – J. J. Nelson 4-yard pass from Carson Palmer (pass failed), 5:01. Panthers 30–20. Drive: 14 plays, 92 yards, 4:49.

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  • ARI – David Johnson – 7 receptions, 84 yards
  • CAR – Kelvin Benjamin – 2 receptions, 73 yards

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The Panthers returned from their bye week for a rematch of the previous year's NFC Championship game, in which the Panthers defeated the Cardinals 49–15. The Panthers went up 24–7 before halftime and maintained their lead to win the game 30–20, giving them their second win of the season and a 2–5 record.

Week 9: at Los Angeles RamsEdit

Week Nine: Carolina Panthers at Los Angeles Rams – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 7 0 0 6 13
Rams 0 0 0 10 10

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California

Game information
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First quarter

Second quarter

  • No scoring plays

Third quarter

  • No scoring plays

Fourth quarter

  • CAR – Graham Gano 38-yard field goal, 11:12. Panthers 10–0. Drive: 9 plays, 35 yards, 3:53.
  • LA – Greg Zuerlein 25-yard field goal, 8:01. Panthers 10–3. Drive: 10 plays, 68 yards, 3:11.
  • CAR – Graham Gano 37-yard field goal, 3:18. Panthers 13–3. Drive: 8 plays, 56 yards, 4:43.
  • LA – Kenny Britt 10-yard pass from Case Keenum (Greg Zuerlein kick), 0:34. Panthers 13–10. Drive: 15 plays, 75 yards, 2:44.

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After the Panthers went into the fourth quarter with a seven-point lead, Graham Gano kicked a field goal making it 10–0. After both teams kicked field goals, and with less than two minutes left in the game, Los Angeles scored a touchdown, but the Panthers manage to win 13–10 improving to 3–5.

Week 10: vs. Kansas City ChiefsEdit

Week Ten: Kansas City Chiefs at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs 0 3 0 17 20
Panthers 3 14 0 0 17

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Game information
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First quarter

  • CAR – Graham Gano 42-yard field goal, 10:49. Panthers 3–0. Drive: 9 plays, 54 yards, 4:11.

Second quarter

  • CAR – Cam Newton 4-yard run (Graham Gano kick), 9:05. Panthers 10–0. Drive: 11 plays, 80 yards, 5:44.
  • CAR – Devin Funchess 38-yard pass from Cam Newton (Graham Gano kick), 1:52. Panthers 17–0. Drive: 7 plays, 87 yards, 3:36.
  • KC – Cairo Santos 47-yard field goal, 0:10. Panthers 17–3. Drive: 12 plays, 46 yards, 1:42.

Third quarter

  • No scoring plays

Fourth quarter

  • KC – Cairo Santos 36-yard field goal, 12:02. Panthers 17–6. Drive: 11 plays, 62 yards, 3:19.
  • KC – Eric Berry 42-yard interception return (Alex SmithTravis Kelce pass), 10:32. Panthers 17–14.
  • KC – Cairo Santos 33-yard field goal, 4:25. Tied 17–17. Drive: 7 plays, 35 yards, 3:09.
  • KC – Cairo Santos 37-yard field goal, 0:00. Chiefs 20–17. Drive: 3 plays, 11 yards, 0:20.

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Top rushers

  • KC – Spencer Ware – 13 rushes, 61 yards
  • CAR – Cam Newton – 12 rushes, 54 yards

Top receivers

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The Panthers went into the fourth quarter with a 17–3 lead over the Chiefs but things changed when Cairo Santos kicked a field goal, and Eric Berry had a pick six. Santos makes another field goal, tying the game at 17. In the Panthers' last possession of the game, the ball was stripped out of Kelvin Benjamin's hands and Kansas City gets the ball back. Santos makes the game-winning field goal for the Chiefs, and the Panthers fall to 3–6.

Week 11: vs. New Orleans SaintsEdit

Week Eleven: New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 3 0 0 17 20
Panthers 3 17 3 0 23

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

After their embarrassing 17-point comeback loss four days prior, the Panthers hosted the Saints in a Thursday Night 'Color Rush' Matchup. Just like in the Chiefs game, the Panthers went into the fourth quarter holding New Orleans to only three points. They had a 23–3 lead but the Saints managed to rally and get within three with 5:11 left in the game. Late in the fourth quarter star linebacker Luke Kuechly left the game and was evaluated for a concussion. The Panthers were able to hold off New Orleans and win 23–20, improving to 4–6.

Week 12: at Oakland RaidersEdit

Week Twelve: Carolina Panthers at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 7 0 18 7 32
Raiders 7 17 0 11 35

at Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, California

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First quarter

Second quarter

  • OAK – Latavius Murray 4-yard run (Sebastian Janikowski kick), 12:48. Raiders 14–7. Drive: 10 plays, 71 yards, 5:22.
  • OAK – Sebastian Janikowski 23-yard field goal, 6:49. Raiders 17–7. Drive: 8 plays, 41 yards, 3:41.
  • OAK – Khalil Mack 6-yard interception return (Sebastian Janikowski kick), 0:59. Raiders 24–7.

Third quarter

  • CAR – Jonathan Stewart 1-yard run (kick blocked), 10:33. Raiders 24–13. Drive: 6 plays, 30 yards, 3:39.
  • CAR – Ted Ginn Jr. 88-yard pass from Cam Newton (pass failed), 7:43. Raiders 24–19. Drive: 3 plays, 92 yards, 0:57.
  • CAR – Jonathan Stewart 3-yard run (pass failed), 1:46. Panthers 25–24. Drive: 5 plays, 28 yards, 2:43.

Fourth quarter

  • CAR – Kelvin Benjamin 44-yard pass from Cam Newton (Graham Gano kick), 13:26. Panthers 32–24. Drive: 7 plays, 76 yards, 2:57.
  • OAK – Clive Walford 12-yard pass from Derek Carr (Derek Carr–Seth Roberts pass), 8:37. Tied 32–32. Drive: 10 plays, 75 yards, 4:49.
  • OAK – Sebastian Janikowski 23-yard field goal, 1:45. Raiders 35–32. Drive: 12 plays, 82 yards, 3:20.

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  • CAR – Cam Newton – 14/29, 246 yards, 2 TD, INT
  • OAK – Derek Carr – 26/38, 315 yards, 2 TD, INT

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Carolina had a rough start in the first half, only scoring seven points, and went into halftime seventeen points behind Oakland. They turned things around and had an explosive third quarter scoring eighteen points giving them a one-point lead over the Raiders. In the fourth quarter the Panthers went on to score seven but the Raiders answered back tying the game. In their last possession of the game the ball was taken from Cam Newton giving Oakland the ball back. Carolina could not hold on as Oakland kicked a field goal winning the game. They fall to 4–7.

Week 13: at Seattle SeahawksEdit

Week Thirteen: Carolina Panthers at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 0 7 0 0 7
Seahawks 10 13 7 10 40

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

  • Date: December 4
  • Game time: 8:30 p.m. EST/5:30 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: Template:Convert/F, partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 69,104
  • Referee: John Parry
  • TV announcers (NBC): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information
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First quarter

  • SEA – Steven Hauschka 23-yard field goal, 13:23. Seahawks 3–0. Drive: 4 plays, 3 yards, 1:23.
  • SEA – Thomas Rawls 8-yard run (Steven Hauschka kick), 6:42. Seahawks 10–0. Drive: 9 plays, 92 yards, 3:55.

Second quarter

  • CAR – Ted Ginn Jr. 55-yard pass from Cam Newton (Graham Gano kick), 10:32. Seahawks 10–7. Drive: 3 plays, 48 yards, 1:26.
  • SEA – Thomas Rawls 45-yard run (Steven Hauschka kick), 9:44. Seahawks 17–7. Drive: 2 plays, 57 yards, 0:48.
  • SEA – Steven Hauschka 37-yard field goal, 1:45. Seahawks 20–7. Drive: 11 plays, 56 yards, 5:43.
  • SEA – Steven Hauschka 31-yard field goal, 0:07. Seahawks 23–7. Drive: 9 plays, 72 yards, 1:12.

Third quarter

  • SEA – Tyler Lockett 75-yard run (Steven Hauschka kick), 14:48. Seahawks 30–7. Drive: 1 play, 75 yards, 0:12.

Fourth quarter

  • SEA – Jimmy Graham 1-yard pass from Russell Wilson (Steven Hauschka kick), 11:09. Seahawks 37–7. Drive: 10 plays, 84 yards, 5:15.
  • SEA – Steven Hauschka 28-yard field goal, 3:28. Seahawks 40–7. Drive: 11 plays, 70 yards, 6:00.

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The Panthers were defeated by the Seahawks 40–7, and fell to 4–8.

Week 14: vs. San Diego ChargersEdit

Week Fourteen: San Diego Chargers at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 0 7 9 0 16
Panthers 10 13 3 2 28

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Game information
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First quarter

  • CAR – Graham Gano 41-yard field goal, 10:19. Panthers 3–0. Drive: 9 plays, 29 yards, 3:10.
  • CAR – Jonathan Stewart 1-yard run (Graham Gano kick), 1:48. Panthers 10–0. Drive: 7 plays, 35 yards, 3:23.

Second quarter

  • CAR – Devin Funchess 6-yard pass from Cam Newton (Graham Gano kick), 11:12. Panthers 17–0. Drive: 8 plays, 58 yards, 3:33.
  • CAR – Graham Gano 44-yard field goal, 5:23. Panthers 20–0. Drive: 6 plays, 34 yards, 2:48.
  • CAR – Graham Gano 45-yard field goal, 3:49. Panthers 23–0. Drive: 4 plays, 1 yard, 0:47.
  • SD – Hunter Henry 9-yard pass from Philip Rivers (Josh Lambo kick), 1:03. Panthers 23–7. Drive: 9 plays, 75 yards, 2:46.

Third quarter

  • CAR – Graham Gano 23-yard field goal, 11:29. Panthers 26–7. Drive: 9 plays, 70 yards, 3:31.
  • SD – Josh Lambo 32-yard field goal, 4:26. Panthers 26–10. Drive: 14 plays, 61 yards, 7:03.
  • SD – Dontrelle Inman 19-yard pass from Philip Rivers (pass failed), 0:30. Panthers 26–16. Drive: 5 plays, 66 yards, 2:08.

Fourth quarter

  • CAR – Philip Rivers sacked in the end zone by Mario Addison for a safety, 10:09. Panthers 28–16.

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The Panthers managed to win at home, defeating San Diego 28–16. They improved to 5–8.

Week 15: at Washington RedskinsEdit

Week Fifteen: Carolina Panthers at Washington Redskins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 10 3 10 3 26
Redskins 3 6 0 6 15

at FedExField, Landover, Maryland

  • Date: December 19
  • Game time: 8:30 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Template:Convert/F, clear
  • Game attendance: 76,689
  • Referee: Walt Coleman
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden and Lisa Salters
  • Recap, Gamebook
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First quarter

  • CAR – Graham Gano 35-yard field goal, 12:40. Panthers 3–0. Drive: 7 plays, 58 yards, 2:20.
  • WAS – Dustin Hopkins 43-yard field goal, 6:18. Tied 3–3. Drive: 8 plays, 38 yards, 3:52.
  • CAR – Ted Ginn Jr. 30-yard pass from Cam Newton (Graham Gano kick), 1:50. Panthers 10–3. Drive: 8 plays, 84 yards, 4:28.

Second quarter

  • CAR – Graham Gano 23-yard field goal, 12:21. Panthers 13–3. Drive: 6 plays, 19 yards, 3:07.
  • WAS – Robert Kelley 5-yard run (kick failed, wide left), 3:43. Panthers 13–9. Drive: 7 plays, 89 yards, 4:54.

Third quarter

  • CAR – Mike Tolbert 1-yard pass from Cam Newton (Graham Gano kick), 13:58. Panthers 20–9. Drive: 2 plays, 1 yard, 0:49.
  • CAR – Graham Gano 23-yard field goal, 5:07. Panthers 23–9. Drive: 8 plays, 65 yards, 3:57.

Fourth quarter

  • WAS – Dustin Hopkins 26-yard field goal, 14:08. Panthers 23–12. Drive: 13 plays, 67 yards, 5:59.
  • WAS – Dustin Hopkins 34-yard field goal, 3:44. Panthers 23–15. Drive: 9 plays, 56 yards, 1:53.
  • CAR – Graham Gano 41-yard field goal, 1:07. Panthers 26–15. Drive: 7 plays, 48 yards, 2:37.

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  • CAR – Jonathan Stewart – 25 rushes, 132 yards
  • WAS – Kirk Cousins – 2 rushes, 11 yards

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In their second Monday Night Football game of the season, the Panthers took on the Washington Redskins at FedExField in Landover, Maryland. Carolina defeated Washington 26–15, and kept their slim chances of making the playoffs alive by improving to 6–8.

Week 16: vs. Atlanta FalconsEdit

Week Sixteen: Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 13 7 3 10 33
Panthers 0 3 10 3 16

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

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First quarter

  • ATL – Joshua Perkins 26-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), 10:57. Falcons 7–0. Drive: 8 plays, 75 yards, 4:03.
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 51-yard field goal, 6:09. Falcons 10–0. Drive: 5 plays, 12 yards, 2:18.
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 48-yard field goal, 0:35. Falcons 13–0. Drive: 7 plays, 44 yards, 4:03.

Second quarter

  • CAR – Graham Gano 31-yard field goal, 10:17. Falcons 13–3. Drive: 6 plays, 31 yards, 1:32.
  • ATL – D. J. Tialavea 1-yard pass from Matt Ryan (Matt Bryant kick), 5:34. Falcons 20–3. Drive: 11 plays, 75 yards, 4:43.

Third quarter

  • CAR – Graham Gano 40-yard field goal, 9:23. Falcons 20–6. Drive: 13 plays, 53 yards, 5:37.
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 29-yard field goal, 3:34. Falcons 23–6. Drive: 10 plays, 64 yards, 5:49.
  • CAR – Kelvin Benjamin 26-yard pass from Cam Newton (Graham Gano kick), 0:00. Falcons 23–13. Drive: 8 plays, 56 yards, 3:34.

Fourth quarter

  • ATL – Tevin Coleman 55-yard run (Matt Bryant kick), 13:19. Falcons 30–13. Drive: 4 plays, 75 yards, 1:41.
  • CAR – Graham Gano 31-yard field goal, 9:43. Falcons 30–16. Drive: 11 plays, 62 yards, 3:36.
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 50-yard field goal, 1:55. Falcons 33–16. Drive: 4 plays, 3 yards, 1:45.

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  • ATL – Matt Ryan – 27/33, 277 yards, 2 TD
  • CAR – Cam Newton – 18/43, 198 yards, TD, 2 INT

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With the loss, the Panthers fell to 6–9, officially eliminating them from the playoffs. They are the first team to go 15–1 the previous season and miss the playoffs the next season, as well as the first Super Bowl runner-up to miss the playoffs since the 2008 Patriots.

Week 17: at Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

Week Seventeen: Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 7 0 3 6 16
Buccaneers 3 0 7 7 17

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

  • Date: January 1, 2017
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Template:Convert/F, cloudy
  • Game attendance: 62,037
  • Referee: Carl Cheffers
  • TV announcers (Fox): Thom Brennaman, Charles Davis, Chris Spielman and Peter Schager
  • Recap, Gamebook
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First quarter

  • TB – Roberto Aguayo 33-yard field goal, 11:02. Buccaneers 3–0. Drive: 10 plays, 60 yards, 3:58.
  • CAR – Jonathan Stewart 2-yard run (Graham Gano kick), 8:22. Panthers 7–3. Drive: 6 plays, 75 yards, 2:40.

Second quarter

  • No scoring plays

Third quarter

  • TB – Brent Grimes 31-yard interception return (Roberto Aguayo kick), 14:19. Buccaneers 10–7.
  • CAR – Graham Gano 54-yard field goal, 6:37. Tied 10–10. Drive: 7 plays, 50 yards, 3:08.

Fourth quarter

  • TB – Mike Evans 10-yard pass from Jameis Winston (Roberto Aguayo kick), 3:13. Buccaneers 17–10. Drive: 8 plays, 74 yards, 2:52.
  • CAR – Kelvin Benjamin 5-yard pass from Cam Newton (pass failed), 0:17. Buccaneers 17–16. Drive: 10 plays, 74 yards, 2:56.

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Carolina attempted to win on a game-winning 2-point attempt but Newton's pass failed, giving the Bucs a narrow 17–16 victory. The Panthers finish the season at 6–10, the worst record for a team that went 15–1 the previous season.

StandingsEdit

DivisionEdit

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ConferenceEdit

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ReferencesEdit

  1. Person, Joseph. "Panthers get into position to win Super Bowl rematch, but 50-yard FG slides wide", The Charlotte Observer, The McClatchy Company, September 9, 2016. Retrieved on September 9, 2016. 

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