For a franchise that just began play 20 years ago in 1995, the Carolina Panthers have experienced very good success in the NFL for an expansion franchise. In fact, in just their second season in 1996, they won a division title and earned a first-round bye in the playoffs. There they went on to defeat the Cowboys, 26-17, and advance to the NFC Championship Game in January of 1997.
But, has the franchise from Carolina ever been to and won the Super Bowl? The Panthers have been to the big game just once, in the 2003-04 season. The Panthers and starting quarterback Jake Delhomme faced the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVIII on February 1, 2004, losing 32-29 on a last-second field goal by Pats’ placekicker Adam Vinatieri.
The franchise has not been back to the Super Bowl since, though they did make the NFC title game again in the 2005-06 season before doing so again this year, as the NFC’s No. 1 seed.
This year will be the first time the Panthers will host the NFC Championship Game:
If you’re going to the game, be sure to wear white: