2014 Carolina Panthers season

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2014 Carolina Panthers season
Carolina Panthers wordmark.svg
Head coach Ron Rivera
General manager Dave Gettleman
Owner Jerry Richardson
Home field Bank of America Stadium
Results
Record 7–8–1
Division place 1st NFC South
Playoff finish Won Wild Card Playoffs (Cardinals) 27–16
Lost Divisional Playoffs (Seahawks) 31–17
Pro Bowlers TE Greg Olsen
ILB Luke Kuechly
AP All-Pros ILB Luke Kuechly (1st team)

The 2014 Carolina Panthers season was the franchise's 20th season in the National Football League and the fourth under head coach Ron Rivera.

The Panthers captured their second straight NFC South division title and qualified for the postseason for the first time in back-to-back years despite a losing record of 7–8–1. Additionally, they became the first team in NFC South history to have back to back division titles and also became the second team to win a division title with a sub-.500 record, the first team being the 2010 Seattle Seahawks. The Panthers defeated the Arizona Cardinals in the Wild Card round, but lost to Seattle in the Divisional round.

2014 Draft Class[edit]

2014 Carolina Panthers Draft
Round Selection Player Position College
1 28 Kelvin Benjamin Wide receiver Florida State
2 60 Kony Ealy Defensive end Missouri
3 92 Trai Turner Offensive guard LSU
4 128 Tre Boston Safety North Carolina
5 148[A] Bené Benwikere Cornerback San Jose State
6 204 Tyler Gaffney Running back Stanford
7 None[A][B]

Staff[edit]

2014 Carolina Panthers staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Final roster[edit]

2014 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, 9 Inactive, 10 Practice squad

Schedule[edit]

Preseason[edit]

The Panthers' preseason opponents were announced on April 9, 2014.

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 8 Buffalo Bills L 18–20 0–1 Bank of America Stadium Recap
2 August 17 Kansas City Chiefs W 28–16 1–1 Bank of America Stadium Recap
3 August 22 at New England Patriots L 7–30 1–2 Gillette Stadium Recap
4 August 28 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 10–0 2–2 Heinz Field Recap

Regular season[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 7 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 20–14 1–0 Raymond James Stadium Recap
2 September 14 Detroit Lions W 24–7 2–0 Bank of America Stadium Recap
3 September 21 Pittsburgh Steelers L 19–37 2–1 Bank of America Stadium Recap
4 September 28 at Baltimore Ravens L 10–38 2–2 M&T Bank Stadium Recap
5 October 5 Chicago Bears W 31–24 3–2 Bank of America Stadium Recap
6 October 12 at Cincinnati Bengals T 37–37 (OT) 3–2–1 Paul Brown Stadium Recap
7 October 19 at Green Bay Packers L 17–38 3–3–1 Lambeau Field Recap
8 October 26 Seattle Seahawks L 9–13 3–4–1 Bank of America Stadium Recap
9 October 30 New Orleans Saints L 10–28 3–5–1 Bank of America Stadium Recap
10 November 10 at Philadelphia Eagles L 21–45 3–6–1 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
11 November 16 Atlanta Falcons L 17–19 3–7–1 Bank of America Stadium Recap
12 Bye
13 November 30 at Minnesota Vikings L 13–31 3–8–1 TCF Bank Stadium Recap
14 December 7 at New Orleans Saints W 41–10 4–8–1 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
15 December 14 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 19–17 5–8–1 Bank of America Stadium Recap
16 December 21 Cleveland Browns W 17–13 6–8–1 Bank of America Stadium Recap
17 December 28 at Atlanta Falcons W 34–3 7–8–1 Georgia Dome Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Postseason[edit]

Playoff round Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
Wild Card January 3, 2015 Arizona Cardinals (5) W 27–16 1–0 Bank of America Stadium Recap
Divisional January 10, 2015 at Seattle Seahawks (1) L 17–31 1–1 CenturyLink Field Recap

Game summaries[edit]

Regular season[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 10 0 10 20
Buccaneers 0 0 0 14 14

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Game information

Derek Anderson made his first start as Panthers QB, substituting for Cam Newton who was nursing a rib injury he'd suffered during the preseason. The change in QB didn't appear to faze the team, as the Panthers won their first season opener in six years, 20-14. They started the season 1-0 and improved to 1-0 without Newton starting.

Week 2: vs. Detroit Lions[edit]

Week Two: Detroit Lions at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 0 0 7 0 7
Panthers 0 6 7 11 24

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

  • Date: September 14
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 70 °F (21 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 73,586
  • Referee: Jerome Boger
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Ronde Barber and Jennifer Hale
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Newton returned to the starting lineup with some added padding around his ribs. The game's highlight was a defensive interception against Lions star WR Calvin "Megatron" Johnson. With the win, the Panthers improved to 2-0 and 16-5 when Newton doesn't commit a turnover.

Week 3: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Week Three: Pittsburgh Steelers at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 3 6 14 14 37
Panthers 3 0 3 13 19

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Game information

This was the first Sunday Night Football home game for the Panthers since 2009. With the loss, the Panthers dropped to 2-1. Newton left the game due to injury but he fumbled the ball. This dropped the team to 10-20 when he commits a turnover.

Week 4: at Baltimore Ravens[edit]

Week Four: Carolina Panthers at Baltimore Ravens – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 0 7 3 0 10
Ravens 0 21 7 10 38

at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland

Game information

This game marked the first time WR Steve Smith Sr. played against his former team after being cut in the offseason. He was clearly fired up, recording over 100 yards receiving and two touchdown receptions. With the loss, the Panthers record was 2-2. The team dropped to 16-6 when Newton doesn't commit a turnover.

Week 5: vs. Chicago Bears[edit]

Week Five: Chicago Bears at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 14 7 3 0 24
Panthers 7 7 7 10 31

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Game information

With the win, the Panthers improved to 3-2. They would also improve to 11-20 when Newton commits at least one turnover. Unknown at the time, this would be the team's last victory for over two months.

Week 6: at Cincinnati Bengals[edit]

Week Six: Carolina Panthers at Cincinnati Bengals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Panthers 7 3 14 10 3 37
Bengals 0 17 0 17 3 37

at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

  • Date: October 12
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 60 °F (16 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 57,053
  • Referee: Carl Cheffers
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Ronde Barber and Jennifer Hale
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Both teams went back and forth scoring and holding the opposing offense without scoring. This would be the highest-scoring overtime tie in NFL history,[1] as well as the first tie in Panthers history as their record stood at 3-2-1. The team's record then stood at 11-20-1 when Newton commits a turnover.

Week 7: at Green Bay Packers[edit]

Week Seven: Carolina Panthers at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 0 3 0 14 17
Packers 21 7 10 0 38

at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

Game information

With the loss, the Panthers dropped to 3-3-1. The team also dropped to 11-21-1 when Newton turns the ball over.

Week 8: vs. Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Week Eight: Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 0 3 3 7 13
Panthers 3 3 0 3 9

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Game information

With the loss, the Panthers dropped to 3-4-1. The team also dropped to 11-22-1 when Newton commits at least one turnover.

Week 9: vs. New Orleans Saints[edit]

Week Nine: New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 0 14 7 7 28
Panthers 0 0 7 3 10

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Game information

With the loss, the Panthers dropped to 3-5-1. The team would sit at 11-23-1 when Newton turns the ball over.

Week 10: at Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

Week Ten: Carolina Panthers at Philadelphia Eagles – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 7 0 0 14 21
Eagles 17 14 7 7 45

at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Game information

On Monday Night Football, Carolina barely put up a fight. The Eagles easily won the game, their defense sacking Cam Newton nine times. This dropped the Panthers record to 3-6-1. They also fell to 11-24-1 when Newton commits at least one turnover.

Week 11: vs. Atlanta Falcons[edit]

Week Eleven: Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 0 6 10 3 19
Panthers 0 3 0 14 17

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Game information

With their fifth straight loss, the Panthers headed into their bye week at 3-7-1. Also the team dropped to 11-25-1 when Newton commits a turnover. This would be Carolina's last home loss until week 3 of 2016 against Minnesota.

Week 13: at Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Week Thirteen: Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 3 3 7 0 13
Vikings 14 14 0 3 31

at TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Date: November 30
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m. CST
  • Game weather: 12 °F (−11 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 52,016
  • Referee: Brad Allen
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Ronde Barber and Jennifer Hale
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

With the loss, the Panthers dropped to 3-8-1 and 11-26-1 when Newton commits at least one turnover.

Week 14: at New Orleans Saints[edit]

Week Fourteen: Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 17 7 14 3 41
Saints 0 3 0 7 10

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information

With their 6-game losing streak snapped, the Panthers improved to 4-8-1. The team also improved to 17-6 when Newton doesn't commit a turnover.

Week 15: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Week Fifteen: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Buccaneers 7 3 0 7 17
Panthers 6 3 7 3 19

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

  • Date: December 14
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 60 °F (16 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 72,842
  • Referee: Ron Torbert
  • TV announcers (Fox): Dick Stockton, Kirk Morrison and Kristina Pink
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

QB Derek Anderson was pressed into service for the second time in 2014, as Newton had injured his back in a car accident earlier that week. Once again, Anderson led the Panthers to a close victory over Tampa Bay, completing a season sweep and improving the team's record to 5-8-1. Anderson improved his starting regular season record as a Panther to 2-0.

Week 16: vs. Cleveland Browns[edit]

Week Sixteen: Cleveland Browns at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 0 3 3 7 13
Panthers 3 7 0 7 17

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Game information

With the win, the Panthers improved to 6-8-1 and 12-26-1 when Newton turns the ball over at least once.

Week 17: at Atlanta Falcons[edit]

Week Seventeen: Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 10 14 10 0 34
Falcons 3 0 0 0 3

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

  • Date: December 28
  • Game time: 4:25 p.m. EST[C]
  • Game weather: Played indoors (dome stadium)
  • Game attendance: 71,015
  • Referee: Bill Leavy
  • TV announcers (CBS[C]): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and Tracy Wolfson
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

The Panthers finished their season in Atlanta against the Falcons with the NFC South title and the NFC's #4 seed on the line. They would blowout Atlanta and finish the season out 7-8-1. The team would also improve to 18-6 when Newton doesn't commit a turnover.

Postseason[edit]

NFC Wild Card Playoffs: vs. #5 Arizona Cardinals[edit]

NFC Wild Card Playoffs: (#5) Arizona Cardinals at (#4) Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 0 14 0 2 16
Panthers 10 3 14 0 27

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Game information

The win over the Cardinals improved the Panthers' overall record to 8-8-1, with the defense turning in a record performance. Their record stood at 13-26-1 when Cam turns the ball over.

NFC Divisional Playoffs: at #1 Seattle Seahawks[edit]

NFC Divisional Playoffs: (#4) Carolina Panthers at (#1) Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 0 10 0 7 17
Seahawks 7 7 0 17 31

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

Game information

The loss made the Panthers finish 8-9-1 overall and 13-27-1 when Newton turns the ball over.

Standings[edit]

Division[edit]

NFC South
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(4) Carolina Panthers 7 8 1 .469 4–2 6–6 339 374 W4
New Orleans Saints 7 9 0 .438 3–3 6–6 401 424 W1
Atlanta Falcons 6 10 0 .375 5–1 6–6 381 417 L1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2 14 0 .125 0–6 1–11 277 410 L6

Conference[edit]

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA PD STK
Division leaders
1[a] Seattle Seahawks West 12 4 0 .750 5–1 10–2 394 254 140 W6
2[a] Green Bay Packers North 12 4 0 .750 5–1 9–3 486 348 138 W2
3[a] Dallas Cowboys East 12 4 0 .750 4–2 8–4 467 352 115 W4
4 Carolina Panthers South 7 8 1 .469 4–2 6–6 339 374 –35 W4
Wild Cards
5[b] Arizona Cardinals West 11 5 0 .688 3–3 8–4 310 299 11 L2
6[b] Detroit Lions North 11 5 0 .688 5–1 9–3 321 282 39 L1
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7 Philadelphia Eagles East 10 6 0 .625 4–2 6–6 474 400 74 W1
8 San Francisco 49ers West 8 8 0 .500 2–4 7–5 306 340 –34 W1
9[c] New Orleans Saints South 7 9 0 .438 3–3 6–6 401 424 –23 W1
10[c] Minnesota Vikings North 7 9 0 .438 1–5 6–6 325 343 –18 W1
11[d] New York Giants East 6 10 0 .375 2–4 4–8 380 400 –20 L1
12[d] Atlanta Falcons South 6 10 0 .375 5–1 6–6 381 417 –36 L1
13[d] St. Louis Rams West 6 10 0 .375 2–4 4–8 324 354 –30 L3
14 Chicago Bears North 5 11 0 .313 1–5 4–8 319 442 –123 L5
15 Washington Redskins East 4 12 0 .250 2–4 2–10 301 438 –137 L1
16 Tampa Bay Buccaneers South 2 14 0 .125 0–6 1–11 277 410 –133 L6
Tiebreakers[e]
  1. ^ a b c Seattle, Green Bay and Dallas were ranked in seeds 1–3 based on conference record.
  2. ^ a b Arizona defeated Detroit head-to-head (Week 11, 14–6).
  3. ^ a b New Orleans defeated Minnesota head-to-head (Week 3, 20–9).
  4. ^ a b c The New York Giants defeated both Atlanta and St. Louis head-to-head (Atlanta: Week 5, 30–20; St. Louis: Week 16, 37–27), while Atlanta finished ahead of St. Louis
    based on conference record.
  5. ^ 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[edit]

  1. ^ a b The Panthers traded their original fifth- and one of their two seventh-round selections — Nos. 168 and 225 overall, respectively — to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for the Vikings' fifth-round selection (No. 148 overall). The Panthers previously acquired the No. 225 overall selection in a trade that sent linebacker Jon Beason to the New York Giants.
  2. ^ The Panthers traded their original seventh-round selection (No. 243 overall) to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for safety Colin Jones.
  3. ^ a b c The kickoff time and/or network were changed after the initial schedule release as a result of flexible scheduling.The kickoff time and/or network were changed after the initial schedule release as a result of flexible scheduling.
  4. ^ Simulcast on WBTV.
  5. ^ Simulcast on WSOC-TV.
  6. ^ Simulcast on WJZY.

References[edit]

External links[edit]