In 1995, the Carolina Panthers became the first expansion franchise to defeat a reigning Super Bowl champion in its inaugural season when they won against the San Francisco 49ers.
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The Panthers were competitive in their inaugural 1995 season, finishing 7-9 and setting an all-time best opening season record among all NFL expansion teams.
The Panthers played their first season's home games at Clemson University because their new stadium was still under construction.
In 2003, the Panthers won the NFC Championship and went to the 2004 Super Bowl where they eventually lost to the New England Patriots, 32-29, in what is considered one of the most thrilling Super Bowls.
The Panthers experienced their most dominant season in 2015, going 15-1 with quarterback and MVP Cam Newton. They advanced to the Super Bowl, but lost to the Denver Broncos, 24-10.
Seasons: 27 (1995-2021)
Winningest Coach: (W-L-T) Ron Rivera (76-63-1)
Super Bowl Titles: 0
Record going into 2021 season (W-L-T) 200-215-1
Most Career Yards Rushing:Jonathan Stewart, 7,318(2008-17)
Most Career Yards Passing:Cam Newton, 29,041(2011-19)
Most Career Receptions:Steve Smith, 836 (2001-13)
Most Career Sacks: Julius Peppers, 97 (2002-09, 2017-18)
Most Career Interceptions: Chris Gamble, 27 (2004-12)
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