Carolina has only defeated Denver once in its history, in 2008. The rookie is the only player in Super Bowl history to have two fumble recovery touchdowns in the same game. Carolina will make its debut appearance at U.S. Bank Stadium. The game will be played on February 2, 2017.
The Panthers defeated the Broncos 34-0 at Don Shula Stadium in their first ever game on September 19, 1995. The win gave Carolina its first ever playoff victory and sent them to the NFL Championship Game where they would lose to Atlanta 28-32.
Denver won its first game as a franchise 27-9 over Chicago in 1973. It took until 1975 for the first winning season to come around with 7-5 record. From 1976-1995, the team never had a winning record finishing between.500 and 5-6 each year. In 1996, they made the playoffs for the first time since 1994 but lost to San Diego 16-13 in the first round. Since then, they have not made any more postseason appearances.
Carolina went 8-8 in its first season back in 2015 after leaving the league following the 1990 season. They returned in 2016 with a 10-6 record that included a 4-4 mark in December/January. With the 12th pick in the draft, they selected South Carolina State University quarterback Cam Newton.
The Panthers' first regular-season game on a Saturday since 2016 will take place this weekend. Davis had 93 scrimmage yards and two running scores in the defeat on Sunday. The team will try to continue its perfect season on Saturday when it faces off against the Cowboys at 1 p.m. ET.
The Carolina Panthers have yet to win a Super Bowl in their brief history as an NFL franchise. The franchise has reached the Super Bowl twice, first in 2003, when they fell to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVIII, and once in 2015, when they lost to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50.
They have been to the playoffs all but one season since entering the league in 1995, with two appearances in the NFC Championship Game and one appearance in the Super Bowl.
Carolina played its first game on September 7, 1995, at home against the Chicago Bears. The team was owned by Carol Jenkins and Len Bias for its first three seasons before being acquired by Jerry Richardson in 1998. Richardson moved the team to Charlotte after selling it to him; the city had no prior connection to the football team.
Over the next several years, Carolina went through many changes as head coach George Seifert was fired after one season, replaced by John Fox who led the team to the NFC Championship Game during his only year at the helm. After losing to San Francisco in Fox's only playoff game, Jim Mora Jr. was hired as the team's new head coach. In Mora's first season with the team, he led Carolina to its first Super Bowl victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The following is a complete list of all regular season and postseason games between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos. The Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos have played six times (including one postseason game), with the Carolina Panthers winning one and the Broncos winning five.
These teams will meet for the sixth time on December 29, 2019 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.
They last met on October 27, 2014 in Week 5 of the NFL season. The Broncos were coming off a 30-27 win over the New England Patriots while the Panthers were 3-3 after losing to the Atlanta Falcons 33-28 in overtime. Peyton Manning was 28 years old and still playing at a high level as he threw for 338 yards and three touchdowns while also running for 56 yards. Carolina's defense allowed 35 points per game but did limit Matt Ryan and the Falcons to only seven wins that year.
The Panthers won that game 30-27 in overtime thanks to a 43-yard field goal by Henery Skalija with 4:43 left in the fourth quarter. That ended what had been an incredible comeback story for Newton who came into that game after being injured late in the third quarter of Carolina's previous game against the New Orleans Saints. He had two touchdown passes and no interceptions in his first four games back from injury before this game when he suffered a shoulder injury that required surgery later in the offseason.
In actuality, the teams have only played 32 times, with the Broncos winning 20 of them. While they don't play much, the histories of Pittsburgh and Denver are entwined in the playoffs. The two franchises have been meeting in the postseason every year since 1990, including this year. It's probably no coincidence that both teams are thriving again at the same time.
The Broncos currently lead the all-time series 20-12-1. However, it wasn't always like that. In fact, before 1994, the Steelers were the better team according to most statistics. They had won 10 out of 11 games against Denver until John Elway led the Broncos to a victory in Week 9 of that season. Since then, there has not been a single overtime game in the series.
Even though they haven't met in the regular season since, they do meet in the playoffs every year as mentioned above. And even though one team usually wins these games 3-0, there have been some close calls over the years. For example, in 2001, the two teams were tied at halftime during regulation time before the Broncos defeated the Steelers 27-21 in overtime. Same thing happened in 2003 when Denver also defeated Pittsburgh by the same score. Last year was the first time since 1994 that neither team was able to win a game during the postseason.
They have won six division championships and two NFC Championships in Charlotte since 1996. The Panthers were the first NFL franchise to be headquartered in the Carolinas, and the second professional sports team to be based in Charlotte, after the Charlotte Hornets of the NBA.
Carolina played its first game on September 19, 1995, at Memorial Stadium against their old rival the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Panthers lost that game 21-10.
Their first home game was three weeks later on Monday Night Football against the Chicago Bears. The Panthers defeated Chicago 27-14 before a crowd of 69,838 at Memorial Stadium. Linebacker Sam Millsap scored two touchdowns in the first half as Carolina built a 21-7 lead over its former partner in Baltimore. The Panthers finished their first season with a 7-9 record.
In 1996, they moved into their new stadium, called BankAtlantic Center. The team has been successful during their time in Charlotte, winning two NFC South titles and making the playoffs every year since their inception except for 1998 when they went 9-7.
However, they never got past the first round of the NFL Playoffs until 2015 when they made it all the way to the Super Bowl where they lost 31-21 to Denver.