2010 Carolina Panthers season

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2010 Carolina Panthers season
Head coach John Fox
Home field Bank of America Stadium
Results
Record 2–14
Division place 4th NFC South
Playoff finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers

Jordan Gross Ryan Kalil

Jon Beason
Uniform
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Timeline
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The 2010 Carolina Panthers season is the franchise's 16th season in the National Football League, and their ninth under head coach John Fox. They entered the season trying to improve on their 8–8 record from 2009, but failed to do so with a record of 2–14 and were officially eliminated from postseason contention in Week 11. In Week 16, the team clinched the NFL's worst record of the year and earned the #1 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. On December 31, 2010, it was announced that the contracts of coach John Fox and his entire coaching staff would not be renewed.

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 2010 NFL Draft

The Panthers did not have a first round pick in the 2010 draft as it was traded to the San Francisco 49ers in a deal that got the Panthers a second and fourth round pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. The Panthers also traded their fifth round pick to the Kansas City Chiefs for defensive tackle Tank Tyler, and their sixth round pick to the Cleveland Browns for defensive tackle Louis Leonard. The Panthers acquired a sixth round pick from the Oakland Raiders from a trade in the 2009 draft that sent a 2009 seventh round pick to the Raiders.

Carolina Panthers 2010 NFL Draft selections
Draft order Player name Position Height Weight College Contract Notes
Round Choice Overall
1 17 17 Traded to the San Francisco 49ers
2 16 48 Jimmy Clausen Quarterback 6'3" 227 Notre Dame
3 14 78 Brandon LaFell Wide Receiver 6'2" 211 LSU
3 25 89 Armanti Edwards Wide Receiver 5'11" 187 Appalachian State From Arizona Cardinals through New York Jets
4 26 124 Eric Norwood Linebacker 6'1" 248 South Carolina From Arizona Cardinals through New England Patriots
5 13 144 Traded to the Kansas City Chiefs
6 6 175 Greg Hardy Defensive End 6'5" 281 Mississippi From Oakland Raiders
6 17 187 Traded to the Cleveland Browns
6 29 175 David Gettis Wide receiver 6'3" 217 Baylor From New York Jets
6 33 202 Jordan Pugh Defensive Back 5'11" 200 Texas A&M Compensatory selection
6 35 204 Tony Pike Quarterback 6'6" 223 Cincinnati Compensatory selection
7 16 223 R.J. Stanford Defensive back 5'11" 180 Utah
7 42 249 Robert McClain Defensive back 5'9" 195 Connecticut Compensatory selection

Free agent signings[edit]

Carolina at St. Louis in week 8 of the season, on October 31, 2010
Position Player Experience College
C Steve Justice 3rd Year Wake Forest
WR Wallace Wright 3rd Year North Carolina
DB Marcus Hudson 4th Year North Carolina State
DT Ed Johnson 4th Year Penn State
FS Aaron Francisco 5th Year BYU
K Todd Carter 1st Year Grand Valley State
CB Brian Witherspoon 3rd Year Stillman College

Roster releases and waivers[edit]

Position Player 2010 Team
QB Jake Delhomme Cleveland Browns
DT Damione Lewis New England Patriots
LB Landon Johnson Detroit Lions
LB Na'il Diggs St. Louis Rams
FB Brad Hoover Retired
DT Maake Kemoeatu Washington Redskins
K Rhys Lloyd Minnesota Vikings
QB A.J. Feely St. Louis Rams
WR Muhsin Muhammad Retired
DE Julius Peppers Chicago Bears
QB Josh McCown Hartford Colonials
DB Quinton Teal Seattle Seahawks
DT Hollis Thomas Retired
G Keydrick Vincent Tampa Bay Buccaneers
DB Dante Wesley Detroit Lions

Roster[edit]

2010 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, 15 Inactive, 9 Practice squad

Coaching staff[edit]

Carolina Panthers 2010 staff
Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

 

Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

Schedule[edit]

Preseason[edit]

The Panthers preseason schedule was announced on March 31, 2010.[1]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 August 12 8:00 p.m. EDT at Baltimore Ravens L 12–17 0–1 M&T Bank Stadium Recap
2 August 21 8:00 p.m. EDT New York Jets L 3–9 0–2 Bank of America Stadium Recap
3 August 28 8:00 p.m. EDT Tennessee Titans W 15–7 1–2 Bank of America Stadium Recap
4 September 2 7:30 p.m. EDT at Pittsburgh Steelers L 3–19 1–3 Heinz Field Recap

Regular season[edit]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 September 12 1:00 p.m. EDT at New York Giants L 31–18 0–1 New Meadowlands Stadium Fox Recap
2 September 19 1:00 p.m. EDT Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 20–7 0–2 Bank of America Stadium Fox Recap
3 September 26 1:00 p.m. EDT Cincinnati Bengals L 20–7 0–3 Bank of America Stadium CBS Recap
4 October 3 1:00 p.m. EDT at New Orleans Saints L 16–14 0–4 Louisiana Superdome Fox Recap
5 October 10 1:00 p.m. EDT Chicago Bears L 23–6 0–5 Bank of America Stadium Fox Recap
6 Bye
7 October 24 1:00 p.m. EDT San Francisco 49ers W 23–20 1–5 Bank of America Stadium Fox Recap
8 October 31 1:00 p.m. EDT at St. Louis Rams L 20–10 1–6 Edward Jones Dome Fox Recap
9 November 7 1:00 p.m. EST New Orleans Saints L 34–3 1–7 Bank of America Stadium Fox Recap
10 November 14 1:00 p.m. EST at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 31–16 1–8 Raymond James Stadium Fox Recap
11 November 21 1:00 p.m. EST Baltimore Ravens L 37–13 1–9 Bank of America Stadium CBS Recap
12 November 28 1:00 p.m. EST at Cleveland Browns L 24–23 1–10 Cleveland Browns Stadium Fox Recap
13 December 5 4:15 p.m. EST at Seattle Seahawks L 31–14 1–11 Qwest Field Fox Recap
14 December 12 1:00 p.m. EST Atlanta Falcons L 31–10 1–12 Bank of America Stadium Fox Recap
15 December 19 1:00 p.m. EST Arizona Cardinals W 19–12 2–12 Bank of America Stadium Fox Recap
16 December 23 8:20 p.m. EST at Pittsburgh Steelers L 27–3 2–13 Heinz Field NFLN Recap
17 January 2 1:00 p.m. EST at Atlanta Falcons L 31–10 2–14 Georgia Dome Fox Recap
NOTE: Division games are in bold text.

Standings[edit]

NFC South
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(1) Atlanta Falcons 13 3 0 .813 5–1 10–2 414 288 W1
(5) New Orleans Saints 11 5 0 .688 4–2 9–3 384 307 L1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10 6 0 .625 3–3 8–4 343 318 W2
Carolina Panthers 2 14 0 .125 0–6 2–10 196 408 L2

Regular season results[edit]

Week 1: at New York Giants[edit]

Week 1: Carolina Panthers at New York Giants – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 3 13 0 2 18
Giants 7 7 10 7 31

at New Meadowlands Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • CAR – John Kasay 52-yard field goal, Giants 7–6, Drive: 7 plays, 21 yards, 3:20.
  • CAR – John Kasay 43-yard field goal, Panthers 9–7, Drive: 7 plays, 39 yards, 2:07.
  • NYG – Hakeem Nicks 19-yard pass from Eli Manning (Lawrence Tynes kick), Giants 14–9, Drive: 7 plays, 80 yards, 1:01.
  • CAR – Steve Smith 19-yard pass from Matt Moore (John Kasay kick), Panthers 16–14, Drive: 5 plays, 50 yards, 0:42.
Third quarter
  • NYG – Lawrence Tynes 32-yard field goal, Giants 17–16, Drive: 11 plays, 60 yards, 5:57.
  • NYG – Hakeem Nicks 5-yard pass from Eli Manning (Lawrence Tynes kick), Giants 24–16, Drive: 5 plays, 38 yards, 2:48.
Fourth quarter
  • NYG – Ahmad Bradshaw 4-yard run (Lawrence Tynes kick), Giants 31–16, Drive: 6 plays, 52 yards, 3:24.
  • CAR – Punt blocked by Greg Hardy out of bounds in end zone for a Safety, Giants 31–18.
Top passers
  • CAR – Matt Moore – 14/33, 182 yards, 1 touchdown, 3 interceptions
  • NYG – Eli Manning – 20/30, 263 yards, 3 touchdowns, 3 interceptions
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

The Panthers began their season at New Meadowlands Stadium for an NFC duel with the New York Giants. In the first quarter, Carolina got the stadium's very first points with kicker John Kasay nailing a 21-yard field goal. The Giants would answer with quarterback Eli Manning making a 26-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Hakeem Nicks. In the second quarter, the Panthers slowly retook the lead with Kasay hitting a 52 and a 43-yard field goal. The Giants responded with Manning getting a 19-yard touchdown pass to Nicks, but the Panthers replied with quarterback Matt Moore making a 19-yard TD pass to wide receiver Steve Smith.

In the third quarter, the Panthers fell behind when kicker Lawrence Tynes made a 32-yard field goal, which was extended further with Manning making a 5-yard TD pass to Nicks, followed in the 4th quarter by running back Ahmad Bradshaw getting a 4-yard touchdown run. After this point, the Panthers tried to score when rookie defensive end Greg Hardy blocked a punt out of the back of the end zone for a safety, but the Giants defense prevented anything else happening.

With the loss, the Panthers began the season at 0–1.

Week 2: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Week 2: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Buccaneers 7 7 3 3 20
Panthers 0 7 0 0 7

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • CAR – Steve Smith 37-yard pass from Matt Moore (John Kasay kick), Tied 7–7, Drive: 6 plays, 88 yards, 4:00.
  • TB – Mike Williams 35-yard pass from Josh Freeman (Connor Barth kick)), Buccaneers 14–7, Drive: 8 plays, 80 yards, 4:00.
Third quarter
  • TB – Connor Barth 24-yard field goal, Buccaneers 17–7, Drive: 6 plays, 19 yards, 3:09.
Fourth quarter
  • TB – Connor Barth 33-yard field goal, Buccaneers 20–7, Drive: 10 plays, 50 yards, 4:51.
Top passers
  • TB – Josh Freeman – 12/24, 178 yards, 2 touchdowns
  • CAR – Matt Moore – 6/16, 125 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Looking for their first win of the season, the Panthers flew home for a divisional duel against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In the first quarter, Tampa Bay struck first with Josh Freeman's 14-yard touchdown pass to RB Earnest Graham. The Panthers responded with Matt Moore throwing a 37-yard touchdown pass to WR Steve Smith. The Bucs defense dominated, holding RBs Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams to 43 and 54 yards rushing, respectively. Moore completed 6 out of 16 passes with one touchdown and one interception, while being sacked four times. After losing a fumble, he was benched in favor of rookie Jimmy Clausen in hopes for a rally, however the Bucs defense prevented any further progress.

With the loss, the Panthers fell to 0–2 for the second straight year.

Week 3: vs. Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

Week 3: Cincinnati Bengals at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bengals 7 3 0 10 20
Panthers 0 0 7 0 7

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Game information
1st quarter
2nd quarter
  • CIN – Mike Nugent 33-yard field goal, Bengals 10–0, Drive: 9 plays, 27 yards, 4:13.
3rd quarter
4th quarter
  • CIN – Mike Nugent 50-yard field goal, Bengals 13–7, Drive: 7 plays, 18 yards, 2:51.
  • CIN – Cedric Benson 7-yard pass from Carson Palmer, Bengals 20–7, Drive: 3 plays, 37 yards, 0:53.
Top passers
  • CIN – Carson Palmer – 19/37, 195 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions
  • CAR – Jimmy Clausen – 16/33, 188 yards, 1 interception
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Still searching for their first win of the season, the Panthers stayed at home for their Week 3 interconference duel with the Cincinnati Bengals. With quarterback Matt Moore struggling, rookie quarterback Jimmy Clausen was given the start.

Carolina would trail in the first half as Bengals running back Cedric Benson got a 1-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, followed by kicker Mike Nugent's 33-yard field goal in the second quarter. The Panthers would strike back in the third quarter as running back Jonathan Stewart got a 1-yard touchdown run, but Cincinnati would close out the game in the fourth quarter as Nugent nailed a 50-yard field goal, followed by quarterback Carson Palmer's 7-yard touchdown pass to Benson.

With the loss, Carolina fell to 0–3.

Week 4: at New Orleans Saints[edit]

Week 4: Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 0 7 7 0 14
Saints 0 10 3 3 16

at Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Date: October 3
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: None (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 70,016
  • Referee: John Parry
  • TV announcers (FOX): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa
  • Recap
Game information
First quarter
  • No scoring
Second quarter
Third quarter
  • CAR – DeAngelo Williams 39-yard run (John Kasay kick), Panthers 14–10, Drive: 7 plays, 80 yards, 2:55.
  • NO – John Carney 32-yard field goal, Panthers 14–13, Drive: 5 plays, 15 yards, 2:49.
Fourth quarter
  • NO – John Carney 25-yard field goal, Saints 16–14, Drive: 18 plays, 86 yards, 9:25.
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers
  • CAR – James Anderson – 12 tackles, 2 assists, 1.0 sack, 1 forced fumble
  • NO – Usama Young – 5 tackles, 1 assist, 1.0 sack

Still looking for their first win the Panthers flew to Louisiana Superdome for an NFC South rivalry match against the Saints. In the 1st quarter Carolina trailed early as QB Drew Brees completed a 4-yard TD pass to WR Lance Moore. Carolina replied with QB Jimmy Clausen making a 55-yard TD pass to RB Jonathan Stewart. The Panthers trailed when kicker John Carney nailed a 32-yard field goal, but took the lead when RB DeAngelo Williams made a 39-yard TD run. Then John Carney made two field goals to give the Panthers a loss. He made a 32-yard field goal in the 3rd quarter and a 25-yard field goal in the 4th.

With the close loss, the Panthers fell to 0–4.

Week 5: vs. Chicago Bears[edit]

Week 5: Chicago Bears at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 17 0 0 6 23
Panthers 3 0 3 0 6

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Game information
First quarter
  • CHI – Matt Forte 18-yard run (Robbie Gould kick), Bears 7–0, Drive: 4 plays, 38 yards, 1:45.
  • CAR – John Kasay 24-yard field goal, Bears 7–3, Drive: 9 plays, 55 yards, 5:23.
  • CHI – Matt Forte 68-yard run, Bears 14–3, Drive: 1 plays, 68 yards, 0:17.
  • CHI – Robbie Gould 28-yard field goal, Bears 17–3, Drive: 5 plays, 17 yards, 1:43.
Second quarter
  • No scoring
Third quarter
  • CAR – John Kasay 53-yard field goal, Bears 17–6, Drive: 7 plays, 8 yards, 2:52.
Fourth quarter
  • CHI – Robbie Gould 53-yard field goal, Bears 20–6, Drive: 6 plays, 15 yards, 2:27.
  • CHI – Robbie Gould 43-yard field goal, Bears 23–6, Drive: 4 plays, −2 yards, 1:27.
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Still looking for a win the Panthers played on home ground for an NFC duel with the Bears. In the 1st quarter the Panthers trailed early as RB Matt Forte got an 18-yard TD run. The Panthers replied with kicker John Kasay making a 24-yard field goal. The Panthers fell further behind with Forte making a 68-yard TD run, followed by a 28-yard field goal from kicker Robbie Gould. In the third quarter the Panthers replied with Kasay making a 53-yard field goal, but in the 4th quarter the Bears pulled away when Gould made a 53 and a 43-yard field goal.

With the loss, Carolina entered their bye week at 0–5.

Week 6: BYE[edit]

Week 7: vs. San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Week 7: San Francisco 49ers at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 7 3 0 10 20
Panthers 3 7 3 10 23

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

  • Date: October 24
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 75°F (Sunny)
  • Game attendance: 72,741
  • Referee: Ron Winter
  • TV announcers (Fox): Sam Rosen and Tim Ryan
  • Recap
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • SF – Joe Nedney 24-yard field goal, 49ers 10–3, Drive: 8 plays, 50 yards, 3:49.
  • CAR – David Gettis 18-yard pass from Matt Moore (John Kasay kick), Tied 10–10, Drive: 10 plays, 80 yards, 6:16.
Third quarter
  • CAR – John Kasay 55-yard field goal, Panthers 13–10, Drive: 8 plays, 20 yards, 3:58.
Fourth quarter
  • SF – Joe Nedney 38-yard field goal, Tied 13–13, Drive: 8 plays, 39 yards, 4:14.
  • SF – Ray McDonald 31-yard interception return (Joe Nedney kick), 49ers 20–13.
  • CAR – David Gettis 23 yad pass from Matt Moore (John Kasay kick), Tied 20–20, Drive: 8 plays, 63 yards, 2:37.
  • CAR – John Kasay 37-yard field goal, Panthers 23–20, Drive: 5 plays, 38 yards, 0:29.
Top passers
  • SF – Alex Smith – 9/19, 129 yards, 1 touchdown
  • CAR – Matt Moore – 28/41, 308 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Coming off their bye week the Panthers played on home ground for an NFC duel with the 49ers. In the first quarter the Panthers trailed early as QB Alex Smith got a 1-yard TD pass to TE Vernon Davis. The lead was cut when kicker John Kasay nailed a 47-yard field goal. The 49ers scored with kicker Joe Nedney making a 24-yard field goal. The Panthers managed to tie the game with QB Matt Moore completing an 18-yard TD pass to WR David Gettis. They took the lead in the third quarter with Kasay booting a 55-yard field goal. They eventually trailed again in the fourth quarter with Nedney hitting a 38-yard field goal, and with DE Ray McDonald returning an interception 31 yards for a touchdown. However the Panthers tied the game for the second time with Moore finding Gettis again on a 23-yard TD pass. After the game was tied Kasay successfully put away a 37-yard field goal to give the Panthers their first win of the season out of six games, improving them to 1–5.

Week 8: at St. Louis Rams[edit]

Week 8: Carolina Panthers at St. Louis Rams – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 0 3 0 7 10
Rams 0 10 0 10 20

at Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri

Game information
First quarter
  • No scoring
Second quarter
  • STL – Josh Brown 33-yard field goal, Rams 3–0, Drive: 13 plays, 55 yards, 6:57.
  • STL – Danny Amendola 2-yard pass from Sam Bradford (Josh Brown kick), Rams 10–0, Drive: 11 plays, 55 yards, 6:18.
  • CAR – John Kasay 44-yard field goal, Rams 10–3, Drive: 7 plays, 43 yards, 1:30.
Third quarter
  • No scoring
Fourth quarter
  • STL – Daniel Fells 23-yard pass from Sam Bradford (Josh Brown kick), Rams 17–3, Drive: 5 plays, 43 yards, 2:44.
  • STL – Josh Brown 41-yard field goal, Rams 20–3, Drive: 7 plays, 5 yards, 3:53.
  • CAR – Brandon LaFell 17-yard pass from Matt Moore (John Kasay kick), Rams 20–10, Drive: 12 plays, 80 yards, 2:58.
Top passers
  • CAR – Matt Moore – 23/37, 194 yards, 1 touchdown, 3 interceptions
  • STL – Sam Bradford – 25/32, 191 yards, 2 touchdowns
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Coming off their win over the 49ers the Panthers flew to Edward Jones Dome for an NFC duel with the Rams. In the second quarter the Panthers trailed early as kicker Josh Brown nailed a 33-yard field goal. This was followed by QB Sam Bradford completing a 2-yard TD pass to WR Danny Amendola. The Panthers replied with kicker John Kasay making a 44-yard field goal. The Panthers fell further behind in the fourth quarter with Bradford finding TE Daniel Fells on a 23-yard TD pass, followed by Brown getting a 41-yard field goal. The Panthers responded with QB Matt Moore making a 17-yard TD pass to WR Brandon LaFell.

With the loss, Carolina fell to 1–6.

Week 9: vs. New Orleans Saints[edit]

Week 9: New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 7 10 10 7 34
Panthers 3 0 0 0 3

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • NO – Jimmy Graham 19-yard pass from Drew Brees (Garrett Hartley kick), Saints 14–3, Drive: 9 plays, 73 yards, 5:14.
  • NO – Garrett Hartley 31-yard field goal, Saints 17–3, Drive: 7 plays, 70 yards, 0:54.
Third quarter
  • NO – Garrett Hartley 36-yard field goal, Saints 20–3, Drive: 11 plays, 39 yards, 5:02.
  • NO – Jabari Greer 24-yard interception return (Garrett Hartley kick), Saints 27–3.
Fourth quarter
  • NO – Ladell Betts 1-yard run (Garrett Hartley kick), Saints 34–3, Drive: 10 plays, 52 yards, 5:20.
Top passers
  • NO – Drew Brees – 27/43, 253 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception
  • CAR – Jimmy Clausen – 8/18, 47 yards, 1 interception
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Hoping to rebound from their loss to the Rams the Panthers played on home ground for an NFC South rivalry match against the Saints. In the first quarter the Panthers took the lead after kicker John Kasay made a 20-yard field goal. Then they conceded a large scoring run after QB Drew Brees completed a 7-yard TD pass to TE Jeremy Shockey. Followed by Brees finding TE Jimmy Graham on a 19-yard TD pass. The lead was extended by kicker Garrett Hartley as he nailed a 31 and a 36-yard field goal. The Panthers had more problems after QB Jimmy Clausen's pass was intercepted by CB Jabari Greer and returned 24 yards for a touchdown. This was followed by RB Ladell Betts getting a 1-yard TD run.

With the loss, the Panthers fell to 1–7.

Week 10: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Week 10: Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 3 7 3 3 16
Buccaneers 7 14 0 10 31

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • TB – LeGarrette Blount 17-yard run (Connor Barth kick), Buccaneers 14–3, Drive: 6 plays, 87 yards, 3:29.
  • CAR – Josh Vaughan 2-yard run (John Kasay kick), Buccaneers 14–10, Drive: 6 plays, 46 yards, 2:32.
  • TB – Kellen Winslow 20-yard pass from Josh Freeman (Connor Barth kick), Buccaneers 21–10, Drive: 8 plays, 65 yards, 3:15.
Third quarter
  • CAR – John Kasay 28-yard field goal, Buccaneers 21–13, Drive: 6 plays, 69 yards, 2:19.
  • CAR – John Kasay 48-yard field goal, Buccaneers 21–16, Drive: 4 plays, 3 yards, 1:36.
Fourth quarter
  • TB – Connor Barth 32-yard field goal, Buccaneers 24–16, Drive: 10 plays, 66 yards, 6:00.
  • TB – Cadillac Williams 45-yard run (Connor Barth kick), Buccaneers 31–16, Drive: 7 plays, 66 yards, 3:58.
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Trying to break a two-game losing streak the Panthers flew to Raymond James Stadium for an NFC South rivalry match against the Buccaneers. In the 1st quarter the Panthers trailed early as QB Josh Freeman made an 8-yard TD pass to WR Arrelious Benn. They narrowed the lead with kicker John Kasay hitting a 46-yard field goal. They struggled further in the second quarter with RB LeGarrette Blount getting a 17-yard TD run; but they replied with RB Josh Vaughan making a 2-yard TD run. Tampa Bay scored again when Freeman found TE Kellen Winslow on a 20-yard TD pass. The Panthers tried to cut the lead down with Kasay's 28- and 48-yard field goals, but the Buccaneers pulled away in the fourth quarter with kicker Connor Barth nailing a 32-yard field goal, and with RB Cadillac Williams getting a 45-yard TD run.

With the loss, the Panthers fell to 1–8.

Week 11: vs. Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Week 11: Baltimore Ravens at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Ravens 10 7 3 17 37
Panthers 0 3 3 7 13

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Game information
1st quarter
  • BAL – T.J. Houshmandzadeh 56-yard pass from Joe Flacco (Billy Cundiff kick), Ravens 7–0, Drive: 2 plays, 50 yards, 0:33.
  • BAL – Billy Cundiff 22-yard field goal, Ravens 10–0, Drive: 13 plays, 84 yards, 7:18.
2nd quarter
  • CAR – John Kasay 45-yard field goal, Ravens 10–3, Drive: 6 plays, 53 yards, 2:36.
  • BAL – Ray Rice 1-yard run (Billy Cundiff kick), Ravens 17–3, Drive: 8 plays, 51 yards, 3:27.
3rd quarter
  • BAL – Billy Cundiff 33-yard field goal, Ravens 20–3, Drive: 4 plays, 3 yards, 1:02.
  • CAR – John Kasay 40-yard field goal, Ravens 20–6, Drive: 5 plays, 3 yards, 2:09.
4th quarter
  • CAR – David Gettis 88-yard pass from Brian St. Pierre (John Kasay kick), Ravens 20–13, Drive: 3 plays, 86 yards, 0:29.
  • BAL – Billy Cundiff 49-yard field goal, Ravens 23–13, Drive: 7 plays, 48 yards, 3:45.
  • BAL – Dawan Landry 23-yard lateral pass from Ed Reed interception return (Billy Cundiff kick), Ravens 30–13.
  • BAL – Ray Lewis 24-yard lateral pass from Ed Reed return (Billy Cundiff kick), Ravens 37–13.
Top passers
  • BAL – Joe Flacco – 24/33, 301 yards, 1 touchdown
  • CAR – Brian St. Pierre – 13/28, 173 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions
Top rushers
  • BAL – Ray Rice – 19 rushes, 65 yards, 1 touchdown
  • CAR – Mike Goodson – 22 rushes, 120 yards
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Hoping to break their losing streak the Panthers played on home ground for an inter-conference duel with the Ravens. In the first quarter the Panthers trailed early with QB Joe Flacco getting a 56-yard TD pass to WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh. This was followed by kicker Billy Cundiff nailing a 22-yard field goal. The Panthers replied with kicker John Kasay making a 45-yard field goal, but they struggled further with RB Ray Rice getting a 1-yard TD run. Followed in the third quarter by Cundiff hitting a 33-yard field goal. The Panthers tried to cut the lead when Kasay made a 40-yard field goal. This was followed by QB Brian St. Pierre completing an 88-yard TD pass to WR David Gettis. The Ravens answered back with Cundiff hitting a 49-yard field goal. The Panthers had further problems with both St. Pierre's passes intercepted by Ed Reed (who later threw a lateral to Dawan Landry), and Ray Lewis, in which both of them were returned for a touchdown 23 and 24 yards respectively.

With the loss, Carolina fell to 1–9, and was officially eliminated from playoff contention.[2] Additionally, wins from the rest of their division rivals mathematically ensured that Carolina will be locked in a season-ending 4th place finish in the NFC South division.

Week 12: at Cleveland Browns[edit]

Week 12: Carolina Panthers at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 7 6 7 3 23
Browns 14 7 0 3 24

at Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

Game information
1st quarter
  • CAR – (10:36) Mike Goodson 26-yard run (John Kasay kick), Panthers 7–0, Drive: 9 plays, 81 yards, 4:24.
  • CLE – (6:49) Peyton Hillis 9-yard run (Phil Dawson kick), Tied 7–7, Drive: 9 plays, 77 yards, 3:47.
  • CLE – (2:44) Peyton Hillis 5-yard run (Phil Dawson kick), Browns 14–7, Drive: 7 plays, 64 yards, 3:04.
2nd quarter
  • CLE – (9:12) Peyton Hillis 6-yard run (Phil Dawson kick), Browns 21–7, Drive: 6 plays, 60 yards, 2:13.
  • CAR – (3:19) John Kasay 43-yard field goal, Browns 21–10, Drive: 10 plays, 49 yards, 5:53.
  • CAR – (0:47) John Kasay 42-yard field goal, Browns 21–13, Drive: 5 plays, 18 yards, 0:59.
3rd quarter
  • CAR – (12:18) Captain Munnerlyn 37-yard interception return (John Kasay kick), Browns 21–20.
4th quarter
  • CAR – (7:01) John Kasay 43-yard field goal, Panthers 23–21, Drive: 9 plays, 51 yards, 4:32.
  • CLE – (2:42) Phil Dawson 41-yard field goal, Browns 24–23, Drive: 9 plays, 46 yards, 4:19.
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receveivers
Top tacklers

The Panthers' eleventh game was an inter-conference duel with the Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium. In the first quarter the Panthers took the lead as RB Mike Goodson got a 26-yard TD run. They trailed after RB Peyton Hillis got a 9, 5 and then a 6-yard TD run in the second quarter. The lead was narrowed when kicker John Kasay made field goals from 43 and 42 yards. This was followed by CB Captain Munnerlyn returning an interception 37 yards for a touchdown. The Panthers got the lead when Kasay hit a 43-yard field goal. They slightly trailed after kicker Phil Dawson hit a 41-yard field goal. The Panthers' hopes for a win got denied as Kasay missed a 42-yard field goal with the time expiring.

With the close loss, the Panthers fell to 1–10.

Week 13: at Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Week 13: Carolina Panthers at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 7 7 0 0 14
Seahawks 0 3 21 7 31

at Qwest Field, Seattle, Washington

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • CAR – Jonathan Stewart 3-yard run (John Kasay kick), Panthers 14–0, Drive: 10 plays, 79 yards, 5:00.
  • SEA – Olindo Mare 24-yard field goal, Panthers 14–3, Drive: 10 plays, 74 yards, 2:36.
Third quarter
  • SEA – Marshawn Lynch 1-yard run (Olindo Mare kick), Seahawks 14–10, Drive: 9 plays, 96 yards, 4:14.
  • SEA – Lofa Tatupu 26-yard interception return (Olindo Mare kick), Seahawks 17–14.
  • SEA – Marshawn Lynch 1-yard run (Olindo Mare kick), Seahawks 24–14, Drive: 2 plays, 2 yards, 0:41.
Fourth quarter
  • SEA – Marshawn Lynch 22-yard run (Olindo Mare kick), Seahawks 31–14, Drive: 9 plays, 81 yards, 4:24.
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The Panthers' twelfth game was an NFC duel with the Seahawks at Qwest Field. They took the early lead after RB Mike Goodson got a 6-yard TD run. Followed by RB Jonathan Stewart getting a 3-yard TD run. They failed to maintain this lead after kicker Olindo Mare made a 24-yard field goal, followed by Marshawn Lynch getting a 1-yard TD run, then with MLB Lofa Tatupu returning an interception 26 yards for a touchdown. This was followed by Lynch getting a 1 and a 22-yard TD run.

With the loss, the Panthers fell to 1–11.

Week 14: vs. Atlanta Falcons[edit]

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

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • ATL – Matt Bryant 39-yard field goal, Falcons 17–0, Drive: 18 plays, 64 yards, 8:48.
Third quarter
  • CAR – Mike Goodson 13-yard run (John Kasay kick), Falcons 17–7, Drive: 5 plays, 81 yards, 2:21.
  • ATL – Michael Turner 3-yard run (Matt Bryant kick), Falcons 24–7, Drive: 5 plays, 49 yards, 1:37.
Fourth quarter
  • CAR – John Kasay 36-yard field goal, Falcons 24–10, Drive: 7 plays, 52 yards, 3:01.
  • ATL – Michael Turner 4-yard run (Matt Bryant kick), Falcons 31–10, Drive: 4 plays, 16 yards, 1:52.
Top passers
  • ATL – Matt Ryan – 20/34, 227 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception
  • CAR – Jimmy Clausen – 14/24, 107 yards, 1 interception
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The Panthers' thirteenth game was an NFC South rivalry match against the Falcons. The Panthers trailed early as QB Matt Ryan completed a 4-yard TD pass to TE Tony Gonzalez, followed by RB Michael Turner getting a 1-yard TD run, and then with kicker Matt Bryant nailing a 39-yard field goal. The Panthers scored in the third quarter with RB Mike Goodson getting a 13-yard TD run, but the Falcons replied as Turner got a 3-yard TD run. The Panthers cut the lead as kicker John Kasay made a 36-yard field goal, but fell further behind as Turner got a 4-yard TD run.

With the loss, Carolina fell to 1–12.

Week 15: vs. Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Week 15: Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 0 3 0 9 12
Panthers 6 7 6 0 19

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Game information
First quarter
  • CAR – John Kasay 28-yard field goal, Panthers 3–0, Drive: 6 plays, 57 yards, 2:27.
  • CAR – John Kasay 29-yard field goal, Panthers 6–0, Drive: 14 plays, 80 yards, 6:42.
Second quarter
  • CAR – Jeff King 16-yard pass from Jimmy Clausen (John Kasay kick), Panthers 13–0, Drive: 1 plays, 16 yards, 0:07.
  • ARI – Jay Feely 23-yard field goal, Panthers 13–3, Drive: 12 plays, 46 yards, 4:19.
Third quarter
  • CAR – John Kasay 24-yard field goal, Panthers 16–3, Drive: 6 plays, 31 yards, 2:48.
  • CAR – John Kasay 43-yard field goal, Panthers 19–3, Drive: 10 plays, 21 yards, 6:29.
Fourth quarter
  • ARI – Steve Breaston fumble recovery in end zone (run failed), Panthers 19–9, Drive: 7 plays, 74 yards, 2:12.
  • ARI – Jay Feely 30-yard field goal, Panthers 19–12, Drive: 6 plays, 60 yards, 0:55.
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The Panthers' fourteenth game was an NFC duel with the Cardinals at home. In the first quarter the Panthers took the lead as kicker John Kasay hit a 28 and a 29-yard field goal. This was followed in the second quarter by QB Jimmy Clausen completing a 16-yard touchdown pass to TE Jeff King. The Cardinals answered back with kicker Jay Feely nailing a 23-yard field goal, but the Panthers increased their lead after Kasay made a 24 and a 43-yard field goal. The lead was narrowed with Steve Breaston recovering a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown (With a failed two-point conversion) and then with Feely getting a 30-yard field goal, but the Panthers' defense was enough;and the help of Jonathan Stewart 137-yard run game, to secure themselves the win.

With the win, Carolina improved to 2–12.

Week 16: at Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Week 16: Carolina Panthers at Pittsburgh Steelers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 0 0 0 3 3
Steelers 3 17 7 0 27

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Game information
1st quarter
  • PIT – Shaun Suisham 26-yard field goal, PIT 3–0, Drive: 8 plays, 72 yards, 4:09.
2nd quarter
  • PIT – Mike Wallace 43-yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger (Shaun Suisham kick), PIT 10–0, Drive: 3 plays, 58 yards, 1:29.
  • PIT – Rashard Mendenhall 1-yard run (Shaun Suisham kick), PIT 17–0, Drive: 8 plays, 72 yards, 4:42.
  • PIT – Shaun Suisham 29-yard field goal, PIT 20–0, Drive: 6 plays, 47 yards, 0:47.
3rd quarter
  • PIT – Ben Roethlisberger 1-yard run (Shaun Suisham kick), PIT 27–0, Drive: 7 plays, 35 yards, 3:43.
4th quarter
  • CAR – John Kasay 27-yard field goal, PIT 27–3, Drive: 6 plays, 14 yards, 2:46.
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Coming off their win over the Cardinals, the Panthers flew to Heinz Field for a Week 16 interconference duel with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night. Carolina trailed in the first quarter as Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham got a 26-yard field goal. The Panthers continued to struggle in the second quarter as quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed a 43-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Mike Wallace, followed by running back Rashard Mendenhall getting a 1-yard touchdown run and Suisham making a 29-yard field goal.

Pittsburgh continued to increase their lead in the third quarter with Roethlisberger getting a 1-yard touchdown run. Carolina would close out the game in the fourth quarter with a 27-yard field goal from kicker John Kasay.

With the loss, the Panthers fell to 2–13.

Week 17: at Atlanta Falcons[edit]

Week 17: Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 0 0 3 7 10
Falcons 14 7 10 0 31

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • CAR –
  • ATL –
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  • CAR –
  • ATL –
Top receivers
  • CAR –
  • ATL –
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  • CAR –
  • ATL –

The Panthers' final game was a division rivalry rematch against the Falcons. The Panthers trailed early as QB Matt Ryan got a 6-yard TD pass to TE Tony Gonzalez. Their problems continued after a three-and-out converted into a 55-yard punt return for a touchdown by Eric Weems; followed by Ryan completing a 14-yard TD pass to WR Roddy White. The Panthers tried to cut the lead with kicker John Kasay getting a 23-yard field goal, but they struggled further as kicker Matt Bryant made a 47-yard field goal, followed by RB Michael Turner getting a 3-yard TD run. The Panthers tried to come back but only came away with a touchdown as QB Jimmy Clausen connected to TE Jeff King on a 2-yard pass.

With the loss, the Panthers finished their season on a 2–14 record – the second worst in the history of the franchise, and the worst record of any NFL team for the 2010 season.

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