The Carolina Panthers began play in 1995, and spent their first seven seasons in the NFC West division. In 2002, the Panthers were moved to the NFC South after the NFL realigned their divisions due to the Houston Texans joining the league as an expansion team. Over their 20 seasons in the NFL, the Panthers have played in over 300 games, winning five division titles (one in the NFC West and four in the NFC South) and reaching the NFL playoffs six times. The Panthers have never had back-to-back winning seasons, but recorded their first back-to-back playoff seasons in 2013 and 2014, becoming the first team in the history of the NFC South to win consecutive division titles in the process.
The team's worst regular season record was 2001, where they finished 1–15, worst in the league for that season; although they won their first game, they lost each of the remaining 15. Their best regular season record, 12-4, has been accomplished three times - in 1996, 2008 and 2013. The team achieved their best playoff performance in 2003, when the team were the NFC Champions and reached Super Bowl XXXVIII, losing 29-32 to the New England Patriots. Overall, the team has recorded five winning seasons, twelve losing seasons, and three 8-8 seasons; counting the playoffs, they have an overall record of 157 wins, 173 losses, and 1 tie (.476 winning percentage).