2012 Carolina Panthers Season
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2012 Carolina Panthers Season
2012 Carolina Panthers season
Head coachRon Rivera
General managerMarty Hurney
OwnerJerry Richardson
Home fieldBank of America Stadium
Results
Record7-9
Division place2nd NFC South
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Uniform
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The 2012 Carolina Panthers season was the franchise's 18th season in the National Football League and the second under head coach Ron Rivera. A day after the Panthers loss to Dallas, general manager Marty Hurney was fired.[1] Until a new general manager was hired (that hire eventually being Dave Gettleman), director of football operations Brandon Beane served as interim GM.[2] In a statistical rarity, the team lost the first 13 of their coin tosses, an event with a 1 in 8,192 probability. In the thirteenth game, the Panthers asked fans on Facebook to make the call, but the vote ended in a 50/50 tie.[3]

Logo change

On January 30, 2012, the Panthers unveiled an updated version of the team's logo, the team's first logo change since the Panthers entered the NFL in 1995.[4] The new logo would subsequently be added to the team's uniforms, around the stadium and on merchandise.

2012 draft class

The Panthers did not have a 3rd round selection.[a]

The Carolina Panthers on offense against the Denver Broncos in week 10 of the season
NOTES
^[a] The team traded its third-round selection to the Chicago Bears in exchange for TE Greg Olsen.
^[b] The Panthers finished with the same record and strength of schedule as the Miami Dolphins. This selection is the 9th, based on a coin toss at the NFL Scouting Combine won by Miami in March.
^[c] The Panthers finished with the same record and strength of schedule as the Miami Dolphins. This selection is the 40th, based on a coin toss at the NFL Scouting Combine in March won by the Miami Dolphins.
^[d] The team traded its sixth-round selection (#180) and their third-round selection in 2013 to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for their fourth-round selection (#103).
^{e } The Panthers received one compensatory pick for the 207 pick overall.

Season Summary

Looking to improve off of a 6-10 season from rookie coach Ron Rivera and quarterback Cam Newton, the Panthers got off to a tough start. The Panthers began the season with a dismal 2-8 record through their first 10 games. The Panthers played competitively throughout most games the entire season with an exception of a 36-7 loss to the defending Super Bowl Champion New York Giants where the Panthers fell to a 20-0 deficit early in the game and could not recover. Many would turn to a victory on November 26 in a prime time match up against the struggling Philadelphia Eagles as the turning point in the season for the Panthers. With that win on Monday Night Football, the Panthers would go on to win 5 of their remaining 6 games, rattling off 4 victories in a row to finish the season, with one victory coming against the NFC's #1 seed Atlanta Falcons, the first win in the series for the Panthers since the 2009 season.

Staff

Final roster

Schedule

Preseason

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 11 Houston Texans L 13-26 0-1 Bank of America Stadium Recap
2 August 17 Miami Dolphins W 23-17 1-1 Bank of America Stadium Recap
3 August 26 at New York Jets W 17-12 2-1 MetLife Stadium Recap
4 August 30 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 16-17 2-2 Heinz Field Recap

Regular season

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 9 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 10-16 0-1 Raymond James Stadium Recap
2 September 16 New Orleans Saints W 35-27 1-1 Bank of America Stadium Recap
3 September 20 New York Giants L 7-36 1-2 Bank of America Stadium Recap
4 September 30 at Atlanta Falcons L 28-30 1-3 Georgia Dome Recap
5 October 7 Seattle Seahawks L 12-16 1-4 Bank of America Stadium Recap
6 Bye
7 October 21 Dallas Cowboys L 14-19 1-5 Bank of America Stadium Recap
8 October 28 at Chicago Bears L 22-23 1-6 Soldier Field Recap
9 November 4 at Washington Redskins W 21-13 2-6 FedExField Recap
10 November 11 Denver Broncos L 14-36 2-7 Bank of America Stadium Recap
11 November 18 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 21-27 (OT) 2-8 Bank of America Stadium Recap
12 November 26 at Philadelphia Eagles W 30-22 3-8 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
13 December 2 at Kansas City Chiefs L 21-27 3-9 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
14 December 9 Atlanta Falcons W 30-20 4-9 Bank of America Stadium Recap
15 December 16 at San Diego Chargers W 31-7 5-9 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
16 December 23 Oakland Raiders W 17-6 6-9 Bank of America Stadium Recap
17 December 30 at New Orleans Saints W 44-38 7-9 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries

Week 1: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Panthers started the season at 0-1 picking up their 4th straight regular season opening loss. Also, the team dropped to 0-11 in games where starting QB Cam Newton turns the ball over as he was picked off twice.

Week 2: vs. New Orleans Saints

With the win, the Panthers improved to 1-1, snapping their 4-game losing streak against the Saints. Also, the team improved to 1-11 in games where Newton has at least 1 turnover.

Week 3: vs. New York Giants

With the huge loss on Thursday Night Football, the Panthers fell to 1-2. The team also dropped to 1-12 in games where Cam Newton has at least 1 turnover.

Week 4: at Atlanta Falcons

With their 5th straight loss to the Falcons, the Panthers fell to 1-3. Also for the first time ever the team also loses a game after Newton doesn't have a turnover as that record fell to 6-1.

Week 5: vs. Seattle Seahawks

With the loss, the Panthers head into their bye week at 1-4. Also, the team dropped to 1-13 in games where Newton has a least a turnover.

Week 7: vs. Dallas Cowboys

With the loss, the Panthers fell to 1-5 and also to 1-14 in games where Newton turns the ball over.

Week 8: at Chicago Bears

With the surprising loss, the Panthers dropped to 1-6. Also, the team moves to 1-15 in games where Newton has a turnover.

Week 9: at Washington Redskins

With the win, the Panthers improved to 2-6. The team also improves to 7-1 in games where Newton does not turn the ball over.

Week 10: vs. Denver Broncos

With the loss, the Panthers fell to 2-7. The team also drops to 1-16 in games where Newton has a turnover.

Three years later, these teams met in Super Bowl 50.

Week 11: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

With the loss, the Panthers fell to 2-8. Also, QB Cam Newton suffered being swept by all 3 division rival teams as the team dropped to 7-2 in games where he does not have a turnover.

Week 12: at Philadelphia Eagles

With the win the Panthers improved to 3-8 and also 8-2 in games where Newton does not have a turnover.

Week 13: at Kansas City Chiefs

With the loss, the Panthers dropped to 3-9 securing them their 3rd straight losing season and also the team dropped in records to 0-2 against the AFC West and then to a record of 8-3 when Newton does not turn the ball over.

Week 14: vs. Atlanta Falcons

With the surprising win, the Panthers improved to 4-9 and snapped their 5-game losing streak to the Falcons. Also, the team improved to 9-3 in games where Newton does not have a turnover.

Week 15: at San Diego Chargers

With the win, the Panthers improved to 5-9 and 10-3 when Newton does not have a turnover. It also leaves the Panthers 1-2 against the AFC West.

Week 16: vs. Oakland Raiders

With the win, the Panthers improved to 6-9 and 2-16 when Newton turns the ball over at least once. Also, the team finished the season 2-2 against the AFC West.

Week 17: at New Orleans Saints

With the win the Panthers finished 7-9 and good enough for 2nd place in the NFC South, sweeping the Saints for the first time since 2008. Also, the team improved to 3-16 in games when Newton has a turnover. Also, Newton was one touchdown shy of being a 4th QB to have at least 20 passing touchdowns in his first 2 seasons as his total record of passing touchdowns stood at 19 while his rushing touchdowns stood at 8 leaving him with a failed improvement finishing with 27 total touchdowns.

Standings

NFC South
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(1)Atlanta Falcons 13 3 0 .813 3-3 9-3 419 299 L1
Carolina Panthers 7 9 0 .438 3-3 5-7 357 363 W4
New Orleans Saints 7 9 0 .438 3-3 5-7 461 454 L1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7 9 0 .438 3-3 4-8 389 394 W1

References

  1. ^ Reed, Steve (22 October 2012). "Panthers GM Hurney fired after team's 1-5 start". Yahoo! Sports. Associated Press. Archived from the original on 2012-10-25. Retrieved .
  2. ^ "Bears defeat Lions to maintain NFC North lead". Newsday. Retrieved . Brandon Beane, the team's director of football operations, will handle day-to-day football matters until a new GM is hired, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.d
  3. ^ "Carolina Panthers ask fans to help decide disastrous coin toss call". Metro. 2012-12-04. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "Panthers introduce refined logo". Archived from the original on 2016-01-31. Retrieved .

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