2012 Carolina Panthers season

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2012 Carolina Panthers season
Head coach Ron Rivera
General manager Marty Hurney
Owner Jerry Richardson
Home field Bank of America Stadium
Results
Record 7–9
Division place 2nd NFC South
Playoff finish did not qualify
Uniform
NFCS-Uniform-CAR.PNG
Timeline
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The 2012 Carolina Panthers season was the franchise's 18th season in the National Football League and the second under head coach Ron Rivera. A day after the Panthers loss to Dallas, general manager Marty Hurney was fired.[1] Until a new general manager is hired, Panthers director of football operations Brandon Beane is handling GM operations.[2] In a statistical rarity, the team lost the first 13 of their coin tosses, an event with a 1 in 8,192 probability. In the thirteenth game, the Panthers asked fans on Facebook to make the call, but the vote ended in a 50/50 tie.[3]

Logo change[edit]

On January 30, 2012, the Panthers unveiled an updated version of the team's logo, the team's first logo change since the Panthers entered the NFL in 1995.[4]

2012 draft class[edit]

Main article: 2012 NFL Draft

The Panthers did not have a 3rd round selection.[a]

Round Selection Player Position College
1 9[b] Luke Kuechly LB Boston College
2 42[c] Amini Silatolu G Midwestern State
4 103[d] Frank Alexander DE Oklahoma
104 Joe Adams WR Arkansas
5 143 Josh Norman CB Coastal Carolina
6 207[e] Brad Nortman P Wisconsin
7 216 D.J. Campbell S California
The Carolina Panthers on offense against the Denver Broncos in week 10 of the season
NOTES
^[a] The team traded its third-round selection to the Chicago Bears in exchange for TE Greg Olsen.
^[b] The Panthers finished with the same record and strength of schedule as the Miami Dolphins. This selection is the 9th, based on a coin toss at the NFL Scouting Combine won by Miami in March.
^[c] The Panthers finished with the same record and strength of schedule as the Miami Dolphins. This selection is the 40th, based on a coin toss at the NFL Scouting Combine in March won by the Miami Dolphins.
^[d] The team traded its sixth-round selection (#180) and their third-round selection in 2013 to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for their fourth-round selection (#103).
^{e } The Panthers received one compensatory pick for the 207 pick overall.

Season Summary[edit]

Looking to improve off of an 6–10 season from rookie coach Ron Rivera and quarterback Cam Newton, the Panthers got off to a tough start. The Panthers began the season with a dismal 2–8 record through their first 10 games. The Panthers played competitively throughout most games the entire season with an exception of a 36–7 loss to the defending Super Bowl Champion New York Giants where the Panthers fell to a 20–0 deficit early in the game and could not recover. Many would turn to a victory on November 26 in a prime time match up against the struggling Philadelphia Eagles as the turning point in the season for the Panthers. With that win on Monday Night Football, the Panthers would go on to win 5 of their remaining 6 games, rattling off 4 victories in a row to finish the season, with one victory coming against the NFC's #1 seed Atlanta Falcons, the first win in the series for the Panthers since the 2009 season.

Staff[edit]

2012 Carolina Panthers staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams Coordinator – Vacant
  • Assistant Special Teams – Richard Rodgers

Strength and conditioning

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

Final roster[edit]

2012 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
52 Active, 15 Inactive, 8 Practice squad

Schedule[edit]

Preseason[edit]

The Panthers' preseason schedule was announced on April 4, 2012.

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 August 11 7:00 p.m. EDT Houston Texans L 13–26 0–1 Bank of America Stadium NFLN/WCCB Recap
2 August 17 8:00 p.m. EDT Miami Dolphins W 23–17 1–1 Bank of America Stadium WCCB Recap
3 August 26 8:00 p.m. EDT at New York Jets W 17–12 2–1 MetLife Stadium NBC Recap
4 August 30 7:00 p.m. EDT at Pittsburgh Steelers L 16–17 2–2 Heinz Field WCCB Recap

Regular season[edit]

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 September 9 4:25 p.m. EDT at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 10–16 0–1 Raymond James Stadium Fox Recap
2 September 16 1:00 p.m. EDT New Orleans Saints W 35–27 1–1 Bank of America Stadium Fox Recap
3 September 20 8:20 p.m. EDT New York Giants L 7–36 1–2 Bank of America Stadium NFLN[a] Recap
4 September 30 1:00 p.m. EDT at Atlanta Falcons L 28–30 1–3 Georgia Dome Fox Recap
5 October 7 4:05 p.m. EDT Seattle Seahawks L 12–16 1–4 Bank of America Stadium Fox Recap
6 Bye
7 October 21 1:00 p.m. EDT Dallas Cowboys L 14–19 1–5 Bank of America Stadium Fox Recap
8 October 28 1:00 p.m. EDT at Chicago Bears L 22–23 1–6 Soldier Field Fox Recap
9 November 4 1:00 p.m. EST at Washington Redskins W 21–13 2–6 FedEx Field Fox Recap
10 November 11 1:00 p.m. EST Denver Broncos L 14–36 2–7 Bank of America Stadium CBS Recap
11 November 18 1:00 p.m. EST Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 21–27 (OT) 2–8 Bank of America Stadium Fox Recap
12 November 26 8:30 p.m. EST at Philadelphia Eagles W 30–22 3–8 Lincoln Financial Field ESPN[b] Recap
13 December 2 1:00 p.m. EST at Kansas City Chiefs L 21–27 3–9 Arrowhead Stadium Fox Recap
14 December 9 1:00 p.m. EST Atlanta Falcons W 30–20 4–9 Bank of America Stadium Fox Recap
15 December 16 4:05 p.m. EST at San Diego Chargers W 31–7 5–9 Qualcomm Stadium Fox Recap
16 December 23 1:00 p.m. EST Oakland Raiders W 17–6 6–9 Bank of America Stadium CBS Recap
17 December 30 1:00 p.m. EST at New Orleans Saints W 44–38 7–9 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Fox Recap
LEGEND
Bold indicates division opponents.
^[a] Simulcast locally on WSOC-TV.
^[b] Simulcast locally on WCNC-TV.

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

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

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • CAR – Cam Newton 23/33 303 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT
  • TB – Josh Freeman 16/24 138 YDS, 1 TD
Top rushers
  • CAR – Cam Newton 5 CAR, 4 YDS DeAngelo Williams 6 CAR, −1 YDS
  • TB – Doug Martin 24 CAR, 95 YDS Josh Freeman 7 RUSH, 13 YDS
Top receivers
  • CAR – Steve Smith 7 REC, 106 YDS Brandon LaFell 3 REC, 65 YDS, 1 TD Louis Murphy 3 REC, 63 YDS
  • TB – Vincent Jackson 4 REC, 47 YDS Doug Martin 4 REC, 23 YDS Mike Williams 2 REC, 12 YDS, 1 TD
Top tacklers
  • CAR –
  • TB –

The Panthers started the season at 0–1 picking up their 4th straight regular season opening loss. Also, the team dropped to 0–11 in games where starting QB Cam Newton turns the ball over as he was picked off twice.

Week 2: vs. New Orleans Saints[edit]

Week Two: New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 10 3 0 14 27
Panthers 7 14 7 7 35

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

  • Date: September 16
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 71 °F (22 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 72,879
  • Referee: Gerald Wright
  • TV announcers (Fox): Ron Pitts, Mike Martz and Kristina Pink
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • NO –
  • CAR –
Top rushers
  • NO –
  • CAR –
Top receivers
  • NO –
  • CAR –
Top tacklers
  • NO –
  • CAR –

With the win, the Panthers improved to 1–1, snapping their 4-game losing streak against the Saints. Also, the team improved to 1–11 in games where Newton has at least 1 turnover.

Week 3: vs. New York Giants[edit]

Week Three: New York Giants at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 10 10 6 10 36
Panthers 0 0 7 0 7

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • NYG –
  • CAR –
Top rushers
  • NYG –
  • CAR –
Top receivers
  • NYG –
  • CAR –
Top tacklers
  • NYG –
  • CAR –

With the huge loss on Thursday Night Football, the Panthers fell to 1–2. The team also dropped to 1–12 in games where Cam Newton has at least 1 turnover.

Week 4: at Atlanta Falcons[edit]

Week Four: Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 7 7 7 7 28
Falcons 7 10 7 6 30

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

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

With their 5th straight loss to the Falcons, the Panthers fell to 1–3. Also for the first time ever the team also loses a game after Newton doesn't have a turnover as that record fell to 6–1.

Week 5: vs. Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Week Five: Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 3 3 7 3 16
Panthers 0 3 7 2 12

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

  • Date: October 7
  • Game time: 4:05 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 63 °F (17 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 72,676
  • Referee: Terry McAulay
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Tim Ryan and Kristina Pink
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • SEA –
  • CAR –
Top rushers
  • SEA –
  • CAR –
Top receivers
  • SEA –
  • CAR –
Top tacklers
  • SEA –
  • CAR –

With the loss, the Panthers head into their bye week at 1–4. Also, the team dropped to 1–13 in games where Newton has a least a turnover.

Week 7: vs. Dallas Cowboys[edit]

Week Seven: Dallas Cowboys at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 0 3 10 6 19
Panthers 0 7 0 7 14

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • DAL –
  • CAR –
Top rushers
  • DAL –
  • CAR –
Top receivers
  • DAL –
  • CAR –
Top tacklers
  • DAL –
  • CAR –

With the loss, the Panthers fell to 1–5 and also to 1–14 in games where Newton turns the ball over.

Week 8: at Chicago Bears[edit]

Week Eight: Carolina Panthers at Chicago Bears – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 3 10 6 3 22
Bears 7 0 0 16 23

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • CAR –
  • CHI –
Top rushers
  • CAR –
  • CHI –
Top receivers
  • CAR –
  • CHI –
Top tacklers
  • CAR –
  • CHI –

With the surprising loss, the Panthers dropped to 1–6. Also, the team moves to 1–15 in games where Newton has a turnover.

Week 9: at Washington Redskins[edit]

Week Nine: Carolina Panthers at Washington Redskins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 7 7 0 7 21
Redskins 3 0 3 7 13

at FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland

  • Date: November 4
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 50 °F (10 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 79,767
  • Referee: Carl Cheffers
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • CAR –
  • WAS –
Top rushers
  • CAR –
  • WAS –
Top receivers
  • CAR –
  • WAS –
Top tacklers
  • CAR –
  • WAS –

With the win, the Panthers improved to 2–6. The team also improves to 7–1 in games where Newton does not turn the ball over.

Week 10: vs. Denver Broncos[edit]

Week Ten: Denver Broncos at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 7 10 7 12 36
Panthers 7 0 0 7 14

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • DEN –
  • CAR –
Top rushers
  • DEN –
  • CAR –
Top receivers
  • DEN –
  • CAR –
Top tacklers
  • DEN –
  • CAR –

With the loss, the Panthers fell to 2–7. The team also drops to 1–16 in games where Newton has a turnover.

Week 11: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Week Eleven: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Buccaneers 10 0 0 11 6 27
Panthers 7 7 0 7 0 21

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

  • Date: November 18
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 53 °F (12 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 72,603
  • Referee: Bill Leavy
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Tim Ryan and Jaime Maggio
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • TB –
  • CAR –
Top rushers
  • TB –
  • CAR –
Top receivers
  • TB –
  • CAR –
Top tacklers
  • TB –
  • CAR –

With the loss, the Panthers fell to 2–8. Also, QB Cam Newton suffers being swept by all 3 division rival teams as the team dropped to 7–2 in games where he does not have a turnover.

Week 12: at Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Week Twelve: Carolina Panthers at Philadelphia Eagles – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 14 0 7 9 30
Eagles 3 12 7 0 22

at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Date: November 26
  • Game time: 8:30 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 36 °F (2 °C), clear
  • Game attendance: 69,144
  • Referee: Pete Morelli
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden and Lisa Salters
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • PHI- Alex Henery, 41-yard field goal, 14:19 (CAR 14–6)
  • PHI- Bryce Brown, 65-yard run, two-point conversion attempt failed, 11:07 (CAR 14–12)
  • PHI- Alex Henery, 45-yard field goal, 3:20 (PHI 15–14)
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
  • CAR- Graham Gano, 23-yard field goal, 12:40 (CAR 24–22)
  • CAR- Cam Newton, 2-yard run, PAT failed, 4:40 (CAR 30–22)
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

With the win the Panthers improved to 3–8 and also 8–2 in games where Newton does not have a turnover.

Week 13: at Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Week Thirteen: Carolina Panthers at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 7 7 0 7 21
Chiefs 10 7 7 3 27

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

  • Date: December 2
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 61 °F (16 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 62,860
  • Referee: John Parry
  • TV announcers (Fox): Ron Pitts, Mike Martz and Kristina Pink
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • CAR –
  • KC –
Top rushers
  • CAR –
  • KC –
Top receivers
  • CAR –
  • KC –
Top tacklers
  • CAR –
  • KC –

With the loss, the Panthers dropped to 3–9 securing them their 3rd straight losing season and also the team dropped in records to 0–2 against the AFC West and then to a record of 8–3 when Newton does not turn the ball over.

Week 14: vs. Atlanta Falcons[edit]

Week Fourteen: Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 0 0 7 13 20
Panthers 7 9 7 7 30

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

  • Date: December 9
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 70 °F (21 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 73,292
  • Referee: Ed Hochuli
  • TV announcers (Fox): Gus Johnson, Charles Davis and Kristina Pink
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • ATL –
  • CAR –
Top rushers
  • ATL –
  • CAR –
Top receivers
  • ATL –
  • CAR –
Top tacklers
  • ATL –
  • CAR –

With the surprising win, the Panthers improved to 4–9 and snapped their 5-game losing streak to the Falcons. Also, the team improved to 9–3 in games where Newton does not have a turnover.

Week 15: at San Diego Chargers[edit]

Week Fifteen: Carolina Panthers at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 21 3 7 0 31
Chargers 0 0 0 7 7

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

  • Date: December 16
  • Game time: 4:05 p.m. EST/1:05 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 59 °F (15 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 53,832
  • Referee: Terry McAulay
  • TV announcers (Fox): Sam Rosen, Heath Evans and Jill Savage
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • CAR –
  • SD –
Top rushers
  • CAR –
  • SD –
Top receivers
  • CAR –
  • SD –
Top tacklers
  • CAR –
  • SD –

With the win, the Panthers improved to 5–9 and 10–3 when Newton does not have a turnover. It also leaves the Panthers 1–2 against the AFC West.

Week 16: vs. Oakland Raiders[edit]

Week Sixteen: Oakland Raiders at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 0 3 0 3 6
Panthers 7 7 0 3 17

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • OAK –
  • CAR –
Top rushers
  • OAK –
  • CAR –
Top receivers
  • OAK –
  • CAR –
Top tacklers
  • OAK –
  • CAR –

With the win, the Panthers improved to 6–9 and 2–16 when Newton turns the ball over at least once. Also, the team finished the season 2–2 against the AFC West.

Week 17: at New Orleans Saints[edit]

Week Seventeen: Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 3 10 14 17 44
Saints 0 17 7 14 38

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Date: December 30
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 73,124
  • Referee: Alberto Riveron
  • TV announcers (Fox): Ron Pitts, Mike Martz and Krista Voda
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • CAR –
  • NO –
Top rushers
  • CAR –
  • NO –
Top receivers
  • CAR –
  • NO –
Top tacklers
  • CAR –
  • NO –

With the win the Panthers finished 7–9 and good enough for 2nd place in the NFC South, sweeping the Saints for the first time since 2008. Also, the team improved to 3–16 in games when Newton has a turnover. Also, Newton was one touchdown shy of being a 4th QB to have at least 20 passing touchdowns in his first 2 seasons as his total record of passing touchdowns stood at 19 while his rushing touchdowns stood at 8 leaving him with a failed improvement finishing with 27 total touchdowns.

Standings[edit]

NFC South
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Atlanta Falcons(1) 13 3 0 .813 3–3 9–3 419 299 L1
Carolina Panthers 7 9 0 .438 3–3 5–7 357 363 W4
New Orleans Saints 7 9 0 .438 3–3 5–7 461 454 L1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7 9 0 .438 3–3 4–8 389 394 W1

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2012-9-31-0-00-00 (2012-09-31). "Panthers GM Hurney fired after team's 1–5 start". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2012-10-22. 
  2. ^ "Bears defeat Lions to maintain NFC North lead". NewsDay. Retrieved 2012-10-23. "Brandon Beane, the team's director of football operations, will handle day-to-day football matters until a new GM is hired, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.d" 
  3. ^ "Carolina Panthers ask fans to help decide disastrous coin toss call". Metro. 2012-12-04. Retrieved 2012-12-09. 
  4. ^ Panthers introduce refined logo

External links[edit]