2013 Carolina Panthers season

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2013 Carolina Panthers season
Head coach Ron Rivera (3rd season)
General manager Dave Gettleman (1st season)
Owner Jerry Richardson
Home field Bank of America Stadium
Local radio WBT
Results
Record 12–4
Division place 1st NFC South
Playoff finish Lost Divisional Playoffs (49ers) 23–10
Pro Bowlers

Cam Newton, QB Ryan Kalil, C

Mike Tolbert, FB

Greg Hardy, DE

Luke Kuechly, MLB

J. J. Jansen, LS
Timeline
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The 2013 Carolina Panthers season was the franchise's 19th season in the National Football League and the third under head coach Ron Rivera. NFL.com ranked the Panthers' schedule as the strongest in the league, with opponents having a combined 2012 record of 138–116–2, along with a winning percentage of .543.[1] After starting the season 1–3, the Panthers went 11–1 the rest of the way, including a club-record eight-game winning streak, securing their first winning season and playoff appearance since 2008, the first winning season under Rivera and the fifth in franchise history. They also notched their third NFC South title, and their fourth division title overall. The Panthers' season ended in the Divisional round of the playoffs with a 23–10 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

2013 draft class[edit]

Round Selection Player Position College
1 14 Star Lotulelei Defensive tackle Utah
2 44 Kawann Short Defensive tackle Purdue
4 108 Edmund Kugbila Guard Valdosta State
5 148 A. J. Klein Linebacker Iowa State
6 182 Kenjon Barner Running back Oregon

Note: The Panthers did not have selections in the third or seventh rounds. The team traded its third-round selection (No. 74 overall) and a 2012 sixth-round selection to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for the 49ers' 2012 fourth-round selection, as well as its seventh-round selection (No. 219 overall) to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for wide receiver Louis Murphy.

Staff[edit]

2013 Carolina Panthers staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Joe Kenn

Final roster[edit]

2013 Carolina Panthers 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, 20 Inactive, 8 Practice squad

Schedule[edit]

Preseason[edit]

The Panthers' preseason schedule was announced on April 4, 2013.

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 August 9 8:00 p.m. EDT Chicago Bears W 24–17 1–0 Bank of America Stadium WCCB Recap
2 August 15 7:30 p.m. EDT at Philadelphia Eagles L 9–14 1–1 Lincoln Financial Field WCCB Recap
3 August 22 8:00 p.m. EDT at Baltimore Ravens W 34–27 2–1 M&T Bank Stadium ESPN/WCCB Recap
4 August 29 7:30 p.m. EDT Pittsburgh Steelers W 25–10 3–1 Bank of America Stadium WCCB Recap

Regular season[edit]

This will be the first season since the team's inaugural season in 1995 that the Panthers will have a station other than Charlotte's longtime Fox affiliate WCCB as their primary station. Fox had purchased CW affiliate WJZY in early 2013, and assumed the Fox affiliation from WCCB in the summer of 2013 (WCCB switched to the CW at that time). WCCB will remain the home to Panthers preseason games for the foreseeable future.

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 September 8 1:00 p.m. EDT Seattle Seahawks L 7–12 0–1 Bank of America Stadium Fox Recap
2 September 15 1:00 p.m. EDT at Buffalo Bills L 23–24 0–2 Ralph Wilson Stadium Fox Recap
3 September 22 1:00 p.m. EDT New York Giants W 38–0 1–2 Bank of America Stadium Fox Recap
4 Bye
5 October 6 4:05 p.m. EDT at Arizona Cardinals L 6–22 1–3 University of Phoenix Stadium Fox Recap
6 October 13 1:00 p.m. EDT at Minnesota Vikings W 35–10 2–3 Mall of America Field Fox Recap
7 October 20 1:00 p.m. EDT St. Louis Rams W 30–15 3–3 Bank of America Stadium Fox Recap
8 October 24 8:25 p.m. EDT at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 31–13 4–3 Raymond James Stadium NFLN[a] Recap
9 November 3 1:00 p.m. EST Atlanta Falcons W 34–10 5–3 Bank of America Stadium Fox Recap
10 November 10 4:05 p.m. EST at San Francisco 49ers W 10–9 6–3 Candlestick Park Fox Recap
11 November 18 8:40 p.m. EST New England Patriots W 24–20 7–3 Bank of America Stadium ESPN[b] Recap
12 November 24 1:00 p.m. EST at Miami Dolphins W 20–16 8–3 Sun Life Stadium Fox Recap
13 December 1 1:00 p.m. EST Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 27–6 9–3 Bank of America Stadium Fox Recap
14 December 8 8:30 p.m. EST[2] at New Orleans Saints L 13–31 9–4 Mercedes-Benz Superdome NBC[2] Recap
15 December 15 4:05 p.m. EST New York Jets W 30–20 10–4 Bank of America Stadium CBS Recap
16 December 22 1:00 p.m. EST New Orleans Saints W 17–13 11–4 Bank of America Stadium Fox Recap
17 December 29 1:00 p.m. EST at Atlanta Falcons W 21–20 12–4 Georgia Dome Fox Recap
LEGEND
Intra-division opponents are in bold text.
^[a] Simulcast on WMYT-TV.
^[b] Simulcast on WSOC-TV.

Postseason[edit]

Playoff round Date Kickoff Opponent (seed) Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
Wild Card First-round bye
Divisional January 12, 2014 1:05 p.m. EST San Francisco 49ers (5) L 10–23 0–1 Bank of America Stadium Fox Recap

Game summaries[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Week 1: vs. Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Week One: Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 0 3 3 6 12
Panthers 0 7 0 0 7

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Game information
First quarter
 No scoring
Second quarter
Third quarter
  • SEA – Steven Hauschka 40-yard field goal, Panthers 7–6, Drive: 9 plays, 43 yards, 4:14.
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

The Panthers opened up the regular season at home in an NFC battle with the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle got on the board first with Steven Hauschka nailing a 27-yard field goal in the second quarter. The Panthers gained the lead when quarterback Cam Newton made a 3-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Steve Smith with 3:13 left in the first half. The Seahawks cut the Panthers lead to one point when Hauschka put through a 40-yard field goal in the third quarter.The Seahawks continued to dominate the second half when quarterback Russell Wilson threw a 43-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jermaine Kearse in the fourth quarter with 10:13 remaining in the game. The Panthers were on the verge of scoring, however running back DeAngelo Williams fumbled the ball at the Seattle 8-yard line with 5:25 left in the game and the Seahawks recovered. Seattle went on to run out the rest of the clock and go to 1–0 while the Panthers fell to 0–1 for the fifth consecutive year. Also, the team dropped to 10–4 when Newton does not have a turnover.

Week 2: at Buffalo Bills[edit]

Week Two: Carolina Panthers at Buffalo Bills – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 0 7 7 9 23
Bills 0 3 11 10 24

at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York

Game information
First quarter- No scoring.
Second quarter-

BUF- Dan Carpenter 55 yard field goal 10:41 BUF 3–0

CAR- Greg Olsen 13 yard pass from Cameron Jerrell Newton (Graham Gano kick) 0:13 CAR 7–3

Third quarter-

BUF- Dan Carpenter 20 yard field goal 10:49 CAR 7–6

CAR- Ted Ginn Jr. 40 yard pass from Cameron Jerrell Newton (Graham Gano kick)6:52 CAR 14–6

BUF- Fred Jackson 4 yard rushing touchdown (2 point conversion)4:15 Tie 14–14

Fourth quarter-

CAR- Graham Gano 27 yard field goal 12:44 CAR 17–14

CAR- Graham Gano 25 yard field goal 8:41 CAR 20–14

BUF- Dan Carpenter 48 yard field goal 7:13 CAR 20–17

CAR- Graham Gano 39 yard field goal 1:38 CAR 23–17

BUF- Stevie Johnson 2 yard pass from Erik Rodriguez Manuel (Dan Carpenter kick) 0:02 BUF 24–23

Top passers
  • CAR – Cam Newton – 21/38, 229 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception
  • BUF – EJ Manuel – 27/39, 296 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception
Top rushers
Top receivers
  • CAR – Greg Olsen – 7 receptions, 84 yards, 1 touchdown
  • BUF – Steve Johnson – 8 receptions, 111 yards, 1 touchdown
Top tacklers

The Panthers came into Buffalo looking to recover from a close loss in Seattle the previous week. In the third quarter Cam Newton threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Ted Ginn, giving the Panthers a 14–6 lead. Fred Jackson then ran in a 4-yard touchdown to put the Bills behind 14–12. The Bills went for the 2-point conversion and converted, putting the score at 14–14. The Panthers would go on to stall twice in the red zone, forcing them to kick field goals to make the score 20–14. After a Dan Carpenter 48-yard kick, the Panthers got the ball back, marched down the field, but were stuffed on 4th and 1 at the Bills' 22. The Panthers decided to kick the field goal to put them up 23–17. EJ Manuel and the Bills would get the ball back and march down the field. With 20 seconds remaining in the game from the Panthers' 31, EJ Manuel threw an interception, but it was called back due to Luke Keuchly, the linebacker, committing pass interference on what would have been a game-sealing interception. With 2 seconds remaining from the Panthers' 2-yard line, Manuel hit wide receiver Stevie Johnson for the score. With the loss, the Panthers would fall to 0–2 and 3–17 when Newton does has at least a turnover.

Week 3: vs. New York Giants[edit]

Week Three: New York Giants at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 0 0 0 0 0
Panthers 7 10 14 7 38

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
  • CAR – Graham Gano 53-yard field goal, Panthers 10–0, Drive: 10 plays, 37 yards, 4:54.
  • CAR – Brandon LaFell 16-yard pass from Cam Newton (Graham Gano kick), Panthers 17–0, Drive: 13 plays, 65 yards, 3:33.
Third quarter
  • CAR – Brandon LaFell 20-yard pass from Cam Newton (Graham Gano kick), Panthers 24–0, Drive: 6 plays, 80 yards, 3:25.
  • CAR – Cam Newton 3-yard run (Graham Gano kick), Panthers 31–0, Drive: 7 plays, 38 yards, 3:52.
Fourth quarter
  • CAR – Ted Ginn, Jr. 47-yard pass from Cam Newton (Graham Gano kick), Panthers 38–0, Drive: 6 plays, 87 yards, 3:07.
Top passers
  • NYG – Eli Manning – 12/23, 119 yards, 1 interception
  • CAR – Cam Newton – 15/27, 223 yards, 3 touchdowns , 1 interception
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

At 0–2, the Panthers came onto their home turf desperate for a win. The Panthers romped the Giants (0–3) 38–0 behind seven defensive sacks and the flashy play of offensive weapons like Cam Newton and DeAngelo Williams. This was the largest margin of victory in Panthers history and this gave Giants' head coach Tom Coughlin his largest margin of defeat in his history of coaching the Giants. With the win, the Panthers increased to 1–2 and 4–17 when Newton turns the ball over.

Week 5: at Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Week Five: Carolina Panthers at Arizona Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 3 3 0 0 6
Cardinals 0 3 9 10 22

at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona

  • Date: October 6
  • Game time: 4:05 p.m. EDT/1:05 p.m. Arizona time
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 60,426
  • Referee: John Parry
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Tim Ryan and Jennifer Hale
  • Recap, Game book
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • CAR –
  • ARI –
Top rushers
  • CAR –
  • ARI –
Top receivers
  • CAR –
  • ARI –
Top tacklers
  • CAR –
  • ARI –

With the loss, the Panthers dropped to 1–3. The team also dropped to 4–18 when Newton turns the ball over.

Week 6: at Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Week Six: Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 7 7 14 7 35
Vikings 0 3 0 7 10

at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: October 13
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT/12:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 63,963
  • Referee: Ron Winter
  • TV announcers (Fox): Sam Rosen, Brian Billick and Laura Okmin
  • Recap, Game book
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • CAR –
  • MIN –
Top rushers
  • CAR –
  • MIN –
Top receivers
  • CAR –
  • MIN –
Top tacklers
  • CAR –
  • MIN –

With the win, the Panthers improved to 2–3 and also 11–4 when Newton doesn't commit a turnover.

Week 7: vs. St. Louis Rams[edit]

Week Seven: St. Louis Rams at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 2 3 7 3 15
Panthers 7 10 10 3 30

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

  • Date: October 20
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 68 °F (20 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 72,686
  • Referee: Bill Vinovich
  • TV announcers (Fox): Dick Stockton, Brian Billick and Laura Okmin
  • Recap, Game book
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • STL –
  • CAR –
Top rushers
  • STL –
  • CAR –
Top receivers
  • STL –
  • CAR –
Top tacklers
  • STL –
  • CAR –

With the win, the Panthers improved to 3–3 and 12–4 when Newton doesn't have a turnover.

Week 8: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Week Eight: Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 7 7 7 10 31
Buccaneers 3 3 0 7 13

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

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

With the win, the Panthers improved to 4–3 and 13–4 when Newton does not turn the ball over.

Week 9: vs. Atlanta Falcons[edit]

Week Nine: Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 0 10 0 0 10
Panthers 7 7 3 17 34

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

  • Date: November 3
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 62 °F (17 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 73,720
  • Referee: Tony Corrente
  • TV announcers (Fox): Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick and Laura Okmin
  • Recap, Game book
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 –

For the first time in franchise history the Panthers scored 30 or more points in four consecutive games, routing NFC South rival Atlanta Falcons 34–10. With the win, Carolina increased to a 5–3 record. The team also improved to 5–18 when Newton turns the ball over.

Week 10: at San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Week Ten: Carolina Panthers at San Francisco 49ers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 0 7 0 3 10
49ers 3 6 0 0 9

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California

  • Date: November 10
  • Game time: 4:05 p.m. EST/1:05 p.m. PST
  • Game attendance: 69,732
  • Referee: Carl Cheffers
  • TV announcers (Fox): Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick and Laura Okmin
  • Recap, Game book
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • CAR –
  • SF –
Top rushers
  • CAR –
  • SF –
Top receivers
  • CAR –
  • SF –
Top tacklers
  • CAR –
  • SF –

Putting two of the NFL's best defenses against each other, the game indeed proved to be a defensive battle. The reigning NFC champions San Francisco, coming off a bye, only managed three field goals, partly due to the absence of start wide receiver Michael Crabtree and an early injury to tight-end Vernon Davis, and an interception by Panthers cornerback Drayton Florence in the final minute sealed the 10–9 Carolina statement victory. The Panthers snapped the 49ers' five-game winning streak, extended their own winning streak to five, and further increased their record to 6–3. Also, the team's record when Newton commits at least one turnover increased to 6–18.

Week 11: vs. New England Patriots[edit]

Week Eleven: New England Patriots at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 0 3 7 10 20
Panthers 7 3 7 7 24

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

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

With Monday Night Football back in Charlotte for the first time since 2008, it pitted the Panthers against the 7–3 New England Patriots, who were coming back from a bye. Down 17–20 with less than a minute left, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton threw a 25-yard touchdown to wide receiver Ted Ginn, Jr., bringing Carolina up 24–20. The Patriots received the ball back, and with only three seconds remaining, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was intercepted by Panthers safety Robert Lester in the endzone. However, a flag was thrown by back judge Terrence Miles just after the ball was intercepted because Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, the intended target, was wrapped up by Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly. The officials initially called pass interference on Kuechly. With no time left, this would have resulted in an untimed first-and-goal from the one-yard line. However, after the officials talked it over, they picked up the flag and ruled that the pass was uncatchable due to it being underthrown, and the game ended in a Panthers win. The primetime victory, before the second-largest crowd in franchise history and the largest in Bank of America Stadium history, extended the Panthers' winning streak to six, increased their record to 7–3 and improved to 14–4 when Newton does not turn the ball over.

Week 12: at Miami Dolphins[edit]

Week Twelve: Carolina Panthers at Miami Dolphins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 3 3 7 7 20
Dolphins 7 9 0 0 16

at Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida

  • Date: November 24
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 82 °F (28 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 60,156
  • Referee: Scott Green
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Tim Ryan and Jennifer Hale
  • Recap, Game book
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • CAR –
  • MIA –
Top rushers
  • CAR –
  • MIA –
Top receivers
  • CAR –
  • MIA –
Top tacklers
  • CAR –
  • MIA –

For the first time this season, the Panthers allowed a touchdown drive in the first quarter, and were down 16–6 at halftime to the 5–5 Miami Dolphins. However, Carolina came back in the second half and ultimately held the Dolphins scoreless. Trailing 13–16 with two minutes remaining, quarterback Cam Newton converted a fourth-and-10 from the Panthers' own 20 with a completion to wide receiver Steve Smith, and a touchdown pass to tight end Greg Olsen with 43 seconds left won the game for the Panthers, 20–16. Carolina extended their winning streak to seven (tying the franchise record), extended their record to 8–3 and also improved 7–18 when Newton turns the ball over.

Week 13: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

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

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

  • Date: December 1
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 56 °F (13 °C), partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 72,795
  • Referee: Ron Winter
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Tim Ryan and Jennifer Hale
  • Recap, Game book
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 win, the Panthers broke their franchise record winning their 8th straight game improving to 9–3 in the process giving the team their first winning season since 2008 and also improving to 8–18 when Newton turns the ball over.

Week 14: at New Orleans Saints[edit]

Week Fourteen: Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 6 0 0 7 13
Saints 0 21 3 7 31

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

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 loss, the Panthers fell to 2nd place in the NFC South sitting at 9–4 as they also dropped to 14–5 when Newton doesn't turn the ball over.

Week 15: vs. New York Jets[edit]

Week Fifteen: New York Jets at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 3 3 7 7 20
Panthers 3 13 0 14 30

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

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

With the win, the Panthers improved to 10-4 and also came out to 15-5 when Newton doesn't turn the ball over.

Week 16: vs. New Orleans Saints[edit]

Week Sixteen: New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 0 6 0 7 13
Panthers 0 7 3 7 17

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

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 clinched a playoff spot and improved to 11–4. The team also improved to 9-18 when Newton turns the ball over.

Week 17: at Atlanta Falcons[edit]

Week Seventeen: Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 0 14 7 0 21
Falcons 7 3 7 3 20

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 –

Despite sacking Matt Ryan nine times—a single-game franchise record—the Panthers were not assured of a win until the final seconds. With 31 seconds to go and trailing 21–20, the Falcons were driving in hopes of setting up a game-winning field goal. However, center Joe Hawley snapped the ball before Ryan was ready. The ball sailed back 16 yards to the Atlanta 27. Hawley later said that he was distracted by the noise from a large number of Panther fans who made the five-hour drive to Atlanta, and thought Ryan was calling for the ball. With the win, the Panthers clinched the NFC South, the #2 seed and a first-round bye finishing 12-4 in the progess while going 10-18 when Newton turns the ball over. They would sweep the Falcons for the first time since 1997.

Postseason[edit]

NFC Divisional Playoff Game: vs. #5 San Francisco 49ers[edit]

NFC Divisional Playoff Game: #5 San Francisco 49ers at #2 Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 6 7 7 3 23
Panthers 0 10 0 0 10

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Game information
First quarter
  • SF – FG (9:12) Phil Dawson 49 yard field goal
  • SF – FG (4:33) Phil Dawson 33 yard field goal
Second quarter
Third quarter
  • SF - TD (8:53) Colin Kaepernick 4 yard rush (Phil Dawson XP)
Fourth quarter
  • SF – FG (7:41) Phil Dawson 34 yard field goal
Top passers
  • SF – Colin Kaepernick - 15/28, 196 yards, 1 TD
  • CAR – Cam Newton - 16/25, 267 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs
Top rushers
  • SF – Frank Gore - 17 rushes, 84 yards
  • CAR – Cam Newton - 10 rushes, 54 yards
Top receivers
Top tacklers

The Panthers played at home against the 5th seeded 49ers. The Niners led the majority of the game and eventually won leading to the Panthers' end of the season dropping to 12-5 total. Also, Cam Newton goes 0-1 as a starter for the Panthers in the playoffs while the team goes 10-19 when he turns the ball over.

Standings[edit]

Division[edit]

NFC South
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(2) Carolina Panthers 12 4 0 .750 5–1 9–3 366 241 W3
(6) New Orleans Saints 11 5 0 .688 5–1 9–3 414 304 W1
Atlanta Falcons 4 12 0 .250 1–5 3–9 353 443 L2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4 12 0 .250 1–5 2–10 288 389 L3

Conference[edit]

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA PD STK
Division leaders
1 *Seattle Seahawks (1) West 13 3 0 .813 4–2 10–2 417 231 186 W1
2 zCarolina Panthers (2) South 12 4 0 .750 5–1 9–3 366 241 125 W3
3 yPhiladelphia Eagles (3) East 10 6 0 .625 4–2 9–3 442 382 60 W2
4 yGreen Bay Packers (4) North 8 7 1 .531 3–2–1 6–5–1 417 428 -11 W1
Wild cards
5 wSan Francisco 49ers (5) West 12 4 0 .750 5–1 9–3 406 272 134 W6
6 wNew Orleans Saints (6) South 11 5 0 .688 5–1 9–3 414 304 110 W1
Eliminated from playoff contention
7 Arizona Cardinals West 10 6 0 .625 2–4 6–6 379 324 55 L1
8[a] Chicago Bears North 8 8 0 .500 2–4 4–8 445 478 -33 L2
9 Dallas Cowboys East 8 8 0 .500 5–1 7–5 439 432 7 L1
10[b][c] New York Giants East 7 9 0 .438 3–3 6–6 294 383 -89 W2
11[d] Detroit Lions North 7 9 0 .438 4–2 6–6 395 376 19 L4
12 St. Louis Rams West 7 9 0 .438 1–5 4–8 348 364 -16 L1
13 Minnesota Vikings North 5 10 1 .344 2–3–1 4–7–1 391 480 -89 W1
14[e] Atlanta Falcons South 4 12 0 .250 1–5 3–9 353 443 -90 L2
15 Tampa Bay Buccaneers South 4 12 0 .250 1–5 2–10 288 389 -101 L3
16 Washington Redskins East 3 13 0 .200 0–6 1–11 334 478 -144 L8
Tiebreakers[f]
  1. ^ Chicago defeated Dallas head-to-head (Week 14, 45–28).
  2. ^ The New York Giants and Detroit finished with a better conference record than St. Louis.
  3. ^ The New York Giants defeated Detroit head-to-head (Week 16, 23–20 (OT)).
  4. ^ Detroit finished with a better conference record than St. Louis.
  5. ^ Atlanta finished with a better conference record than Tampa Bay.
  6. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.
Notes
w — Clinched wild card
x — Clinched playoff berth
y — Clinched division
z — Clinched first-round bye
* — Clinched home-field advantage

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d "Week 14 Flex Scheduling: December 8 Panthers-Saints Game Moves to NBC Sunday Night Football; Falcons-Packers Goes to 1:00 PM ET on FOX". NFL.com. November 24, 2013. Retrieved November 24, 2013. 
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