2016 Carolina Panthers season

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2016 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 6–10
Division place 4th NFC South
Playoff finish Did not qualify
Pro Bowlers
AP All-Pros

The 2016 Carolina Panthers season was the franchise's 22nd season in the National Football League and the sixth under head coach Ron Rivera. It was also the team's 20th season at Bank of America Stadium. The previous year, the Panthers achieved their highest win total in franchise history with a 15–1 record. They entered the 2016 season as the defending NFC champions and NFC South champions and hope to repeat as NFC champions, but after a 1–5 start, their worst since 2004 (where they also were defending NFC Champions), the Panthers finished the season at 6–10, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2012. The Panthers struggled throughout the 2016 season with injuries and lost of star players via Free Agency and retirement. The Panthers became the first team in NFL history to go 15–1 and miss the playoffs the following year, the first runners up in the Super Bowl to miss the playoffs the next year since the 2008 Patriots, and failed to win the NFC South for the first time in three seasons. This was also the first team to have at least 15 wins and finish last in their division the following season.

Draft[edit]

2016 Carolina Panthers Draft
Round Selection Player Position College
1 30 Vernon Butler DT Louisiana Tech
2 62 James Bradberry CB Samford
3 77 Daryl Worley CB West Virginia
5 141 Zack Sanchez CB Oklahoma
7 252 Beau Sandland TE Montana State

Notes

Staff[edit]

2016 Carolina Panthers staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Final roster[edit]

2016 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, 16 Inactive, 10 Practice squad

Schedule[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Panthers at the Ravens during the preseason
Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 11 at Baltimore Ravens L 19–22 0–1 M&T Bank Stadium Recap
2 August 20 at Tennessee Titans W 26–16 1–1 Nissan Stadium Recap
3 August 26 New England Patriots L 17–19 1–2 Bank of America Stadium Recap
4 September 1 Pittsburgh Steelers W 18–6 2–2 Bank of America Stadium Recap

Regular season[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 8 at Denver Broncos L 20–21 0–1 Sports Authority Field at Mile High Recap
2 September 18 San Francisco 49ers W 46–27 1–1 Bank of America Stadium Recap
3 September 25 Minnesota Vikings L 10–22 1–2 Bank of America Stadium Recap
4 October 2 at Atlanta Falcons L 33–48 1–3 Georgia Dome Recap
5 October 10 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 14–17 1–4 Bank of America Stadium Recap
6 October 16 at New Orleans Saints L 38–41 1–5 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
7 Bye
8 October 30 Arizona Cardinals W 30–20 2–5 Bank of America Stadium Recap
9 November 6 at Los Angeles Rams W 13–10 3–5 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Recap
10 November 13 Kansas City Chiefs L 17–20 3–6 Bank of America Stadium Recap
11 November 17 New Orleans Saints W 23–20 4–6 Bank of America Stadium Recap
12 November 27 at Oakland Raiders L 32–35 4–7 Oakland Alameda Coliseum Recap
13 December 4 at Seattle Seahawks L 7–40 4–8 CenturyLink Field Recap
14 December 11 San Diego Chargers W 28–16 5–8 Bank of America Stadium Recap
15 December 19 at Washington Redskins W 26–15 6–8 FedExField Recap
16 December 24 Atlanta Falcons L 16–33 6–9 Bank of America Stadium Recap
17 January 1 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 16–17 6–10 Raymond James Stadium Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1: at Denver Broncos[edit]

NFL Kickoff game

Week One: Carolina Panthers at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 7 10 0 3 20
Broncos 0 7 0 14 21

at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

Game information

The Panthers were up 17–7 in the fourth quarter which saw the Broncos put up 14 points. Down 21–20, Graham Gano attempted a potential game winning 50 yard kick but the ball flew wide left, handing the Panthers a 0–1 start to the season.[1]

Week 2: vs. San Francisco 49ers[edit]

Week Two: San Francisco 49ers at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 3 7 0 17 27
Panthers 7 10 14 15 46

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Game information

In their home opener, the Panthers looked to win their first game of the season. Carolina went into the fourth quarter with a 21-point lead over the 49ers; with about eight minutes left in the game, San Francisco managed to get within seven of tying the game. Carolina ended up scoring three more times before the game finished and won 46–27, improving to 1–1 on the year.

Week 3: vs. Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Week Three: Minnesota Vikings at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 2 6 8 6 22
Panthers 10 0 0 0 10

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

  • Date: September 25
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 80 °F (27 °C), partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 73,813
  • Referee: Jerome Boger
  • TV announcers (Fox): Chris Myers, Ronde Barber and Jennifer Hale
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

The Panthers' fourteen home game winning streak came to an end after losing to Minnesota. They fell to 1–2 as Cam Newton was sacked eight times by the Minnesota defense and threw three picks.

Week 4: at Atlanta Falcons[edit]

Week Four: Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 0 10 0 23 33
Falcons 14 3 14 17 48

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

Game information

It was not Carolina's day as the defense had a very hard time putting pressure on Matt Ryan, who threw for 500 yards and four touchdowns, one of them to Julio Jones, who had a monster game, catching 12 passes for 300 yards. It was another rough day for Newton, who left the game with a concussion in the fourth quarter, allowing backup QB Derek Anderson into action. Anderson threw both a pair of touchdowns and interceptions as the Panthers would drop to 1–3.

Week 5: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Week Five: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Buccaneers 3 3 8 3 17
Panthers 0 0 14 0 14

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

After being held scoreless in the first half, the Panthers scored two touchdowns in the third quarter. Tampa Bay followed up with a touchdown to tie the game. Late in the fourth quarter, the Buccaneers made a field goal to win 17–14. With the loss the Panthers fall to 1–4.

Week 6: at New Orleans Saints[edit]

Week Six: Carolina Panthers at New Orleans Saints – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 0 10 7 21 38
Saints 14 10 7 10 41

at Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Game information

With Cam Newton returning from a concussion, the Panthers urged a late comeback and tied the game at 38–38, but New Orleans kicker Wil Lutz hit the gamewinner to seal the 41–38 victory for the Saints. With the loss the Panthers drop to 1–5, their worst record since 2012.

Week 7: Bye week[edit]

No game. Carolina had their bye week on Week 7.

Week 8: vs. Arizona Cardinals[edit]

Week Eight: Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 0 7 7 6 20
Panthers 14 10 6 0 30

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

  • Date: October 30
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: 85 °F (29 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 74,088
  • Referee: Walt Coleman
  • TV announcers (Fox): Sam Rosen, Daryl Johnston and Laura Okmin
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

The Panthers returned from their bye week for a rematch of the previous year's NFC Championship game, in which the Panthers defeated the Cardinals 49–15. The Panthers went up 24–7 before halftime and maintained their lead to win the game 30–20, giving them their second win of the season and a 2–5 record.

Week 9: at Los Angeles Rams[edit]

Week Nine: Carolina Panthers at Los Angeles Rams – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 7 0 0 6 13
Rams 0 0 0 10 10

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California

Game information

After the Panthers went into the fourth quarter with a seven-point lead, Graham Gano kicked a field goal making it 10–0. After both teams kicked field goals, and with less than two minutes left in the game, Los Angeles scored a touchdown, but the Panthers manage to win 13–10 improving to 3–5.

Week 10: vs. Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

Week Ten: Kansas City Chiefs at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs 0 3 0 17 20
Panthers 3 14 0 0 17

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Game information

The Panthers went into the fourth quarter with a 17–3 lead over the Chiefs but things changed when Cairo Santos kicked a field goal, and Eric Berry had a pick six. Santos makes another field goal, tying the game at 17. In the Panthers' last possession of the game, the ball was stripped out of Kelvin Benjamin's hands and Kansas City gets the ball back. Santos makes the game-winning field goal for the Chiefs, and the Panthers fall to 3–6.

Week 11: vs. New Orleans Saints[edit]

Week Eleven: New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 3 0 0 17 20
Panthers 3 17 3 0 23

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

After their embarrassing 17-point comeback loss four days prior, the Panthers hosted the Saints in a Thursday Night 'Color Rush' Matchup. Just like in the Chiefs game, the Panthers went into the fourth quarter holding New Orleans to only three points. They had a 23–3 lead but the Saints managed to rally and get within three with 5:11 left in the game. Late in the fourth quarter star linebacker Luke Kuechly left the game and was evaluated for a concussion. The Panthers were able to hold off New Orleans and win 23–20, improving to 4–6.

Week 12: at Oakland Raiders[edit]

Week Twelve: Carolina Panthers at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 7 0 18 7 32
Raiders 7 17 0 11 35

at Oakland Alameda Coliseum, Oakland, California

  • Date: November 27
  • Game time: 4:25 p.m. EST/1:25 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 59 °F (15 °C), partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 54,909
  • Referee: Jerome Boger
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and Tracy Wolfson
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Carolina had a rough start in the first half, only scoring seven points, and went into halftime seventeen points behind Oakland. They turned things around and had an explosive third quarter scoring eighteen points giving them a one-point lead over the Raiders. In the fourth quarter the Panthers went on to score seven but the Raiders answered back tying the game. In their last possession of the game the ball was taken from Cam Newton giving Oakland the ball back. Carolina could not hold on as Oakland kicked a field goal winning the game. They fall to 4–7.

Week 13: at Seattle Seahawks[edit]

Week Thirteen: Carolina Panthers at Seattle Seahawks – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 0 7 0 0 7
Seahawks 10 13 7 10 40

at CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington

  • Date: December 4
  • Game time: 8:30 p.m. EST/5:30 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 37 °F (3 °C), partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 69,104
  • Referee: John Parry
  • TV announcers (NBC): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

The Panthers were defeated by the Seahawks 40–7, and fell to 4–8.

Week 14: vs. San Diego Chargers[edit]

Week Fourteen: San Diego Chargers at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 0 7 9 0 16
Panthers 10 13 3 2 28

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

  • Date: December 11
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 37 °F (3 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 73,856
  • Referee: Ronald Torbert
  • TV announcers (Fox): Sam Rosen, Brady Quinn and Holly Sonders
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

The Panthers managed to win at home, defeating San Diego 28–16. They improved to 5–8.

Week 15: at Washington Redskins[edit]

Week Fifteen: Carolina Panthers at Washington Redskins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 10 3 10 3 26
Redskins 3 6 0 6 15

at FedExField, Landover, Maryland

  • Date: December 19
  • Game time: 8:30 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 32 °F (0 °C), clear
  • Game attendance: 76,689
  • Referee: Walt Coleman
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden and Lisa Salters
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

In their second Monday Night Football game of the season, the Panthers took on the Washington Redskins at FedExField in Landover, Maryland. Carolina defeated Washington 26–15, and kept their slim chances of making the playoffs alive by improving to 6–8.

Week 16: vs. Atlanta Falcons[edit]

Week Sixteen: Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 13 7 3 10 33
Panthers 0 3 10 3 16

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

Game information

With the loss, the Panthers fell to 6–9, officially eliminating them from the playoffs. They are the first team to go 15–1 the previous season and miss the playoffs the next season, as well as the first Super Bowl runner-up to miss the playoffs since the 2008 Patriots.

Week 17: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers[edit]

Week Seventeen: Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Panthers 7 0 3 6 16
Buccaneers 3 0 7 7 17

at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

  • Date: January 1, 2017
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 81 °F (27 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 62,037
  • Referee: Carl Cheffers
  • TV announcers (Fox): Thom Brennaman, Charles Davis, Chris Spielman and Peter Schager
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Carolina attempted to win on a game-winning 2-point attempt but Newton's pass failed, giving the Bucs a narrow 17–16 victory. The Panthers finish the season at 6–10, the worst record for a team that went 15–1 the previous season.

Standings[edit]

Division[edit]

NFC South
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(2) Atlanta Falcons 11 5 0 .688 5–1 9–3 540 406 W4
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9 7 0 .563 4–2 7–5 354 369 W1
New Orleans Saints 7 9 0 .438 2–4 6–6 469 454 L1
Carolina Panthers 6 10 0 .375 1–5 5–7 369 402 L2

Conference[edit]

NFC
# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division leaders
1 Dallas Cowboys East 13 3 0 .813 3–3 9–3 .471 .440 L1
2 Atlanta Falcons South 11 5 0 .688 5–1 9–3 .480 .452 W4
3 Seattle Seahawks West 10 5 1 .656 3–2–1 6–5–1 .441 .425 W1
4 Green Bay Packers North 10 6 0 .625 5–1 8–4 .508 .453 W6
Wild Cards
5 New York Giants East 11 5 0 .688 4–2 8–4 .486 .455 W1
6[a] Detroit Lions North 9 7 0 .563 3–3 7–5 .475 .392 L3
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7[a] Tampa Bay Buccaneers South 9 7 0 .563 4–2 7–5 .492 .434 W1
8 Washington Redskins East 8 7 1 .531 3–3 6–6 .516 .430 L1
9 Minnesota Vikings North 8 8 0 .500 2–4 5–7 .492 .457 W1
10 Arizona Cardinals West 7 8 1 .469 4–1–1 6–5–1 .463 .366 W2
11[b] New Orleans Saints South 7 9 0 .438 2–4 6–6 .523 .393 L1
12[b] Philadelphia Eagles East 7 9 0 .438 2–4 5–7 .559 .518 W2
13 Carolina Panthers South 6 10 0 .375 1–5 5–7 .518 .354 L2
14 Los Angeles Rams West 4 12 0 .250 2–4 3–9 .504 .500 L7
15 Chicago Bears North 3 13 0 .188 2–4 3–9 .521 .396 L4
16 San Francisco 49ers West 2 14 0 .125 2–4 2–10 .504 .250 L1
Tiebreakers[c]
  1. ^ a b Detroit finished ahead of Tampa Bay for the No. 6 seed and qualified for the last playoff spot based on record vs. common opponents — Detroit's cumulative record against Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and New Orleans was 3–2, while Tampa Bay's cumulative record against the same four teams was 2–3.
  2. ^ a b New Orleans finished ahead of Philadelphia based on better record vs. conference opponents.
  3. ^ 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.

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