Quarterback Jake Delhomme of the Carolina Panthers celebrates with Steve Smith after a touchdown pass during Super Bowl XXXVIII
The Carolina Panthers’ Jake Delhomme and Steve Smith celebrate during Super Bowl XXXVIII | Donald Miralle/Getty Images

In 1993, the Carolina Panthers formed the first NFL expansion team in 30 years. Former NFL wide receiver Jerry Richardson spearheaded the franchise’s bid and attracted supporters like the Seahawks‘ former head coach Mike McCormack. In the Panthers’ first season, the team set a record for most wins by an expansion team with a 7-9 record. By the second season, the Carolina franchise made it to the NFC championship game with a 12-4 record and NFC Western division win.

In 2003, the Panthers made it to their first Super Bowl with the help of quarterback Jake Delhomme, cornerback Ricky Manning, Jr., and running back Stephen Davis. Despite losing to the Patriots, the Carolina team helped set the record for the highest-scoring fourth quarter in Super Bowl history. Twelve years later, quarterback Cam Newton led the Panthers to Super Bowl 50 where the team lost to the Denver Broncos, 10-24.

  • Founded: 1993
  • Current owner: David Tepper
  • Championships: none
  • Additional achievements: two conference championships (2003 and 2015) and six division championships (1996, 2003, 2008, 2013, 2014, and 2015)
  • Arena: Bank of America Stadium (Charlotte, North Carolina)

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