The Panthers joined the NFL in 1995 and were instantly competitive.  Carolina finished its inaugural season with a 7-9 record to set a new NFL record for wins by an expansion team.  The following season, the Panthers claimed a division title and advanced to the conference title game.  Then, in 2003, just two seasons removed from a 1-15 record, Carolina won the NFC championship to gain its first Super Bowl berth.

Firsts, Records, Odds & Ends

Franchise Granted:
October 26, 1993

First Season:

Bank of America Stadium

Jerry Richardson

Danny Morrison

General Manager:
Dave Gettleman

Head Coach:

Ron Rivera

NFC Championship:

NFC Western Division Championship:

NFC South Division Championships:
2003, 2008, 2013, 2014

All-Time Record:
(At Start of 2015 Season)

Retired Uniform Number:
#51 Sam Mills 

First Draft Choice: Kerry Collins, QB, Penn State, 1995.

First Regular-Season Game: A 23-20 overtime loss to the Atlanta Falcons, 9/3/95.

First Regular-Season Points: An 8-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Frank Reich to tight end Pete Metzelaars vs. the Atlanta Falcons, 9/3/95.

First Regular-Season Win: A 26-15 win over the New York Jets, 10/15/95.

First to Pass 300 Yards in a Game: Frank Reich, 329 yards vs. the Atlanta Falcons, 9/3/95.

First 100-Yard Game, Rushing: Derrick Moore, 123 yards vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 10/1/95.

First Defensive Touchdown: Nose Tackle Greg Kragen forced a fumble on the one-yard-line and recovered it in the end zone vs. the Chicago Bears, 10/8/95.

Longest Interception Return: Julius Peppers, 97-yard interception return vs. the Denver Broncos, 10/10/04.

First Winning Season: 1996 (12-4).

First Playoff Appearance: A 26-17 victory over the Dallas Cowboys in an NFC divisional playoff game, 1/5/97.

First All-Pro Selections: Michael Bates, kick returner; Kevin Greene, linebacker; and Sam Mills, linebacker, 1996.

Most Career Rushing Yards: DeAngelo Williams, 6,846 yards (2006-2014).

Most Career Passing Yards: Jake Delhomme, 19,258 yards (2003-09).

Most Career Receptions: Steve Smith, 832 receptions (2001-2013).

All-Time Scoring Leader: John Kasay, 1,482 points (1995-2010).