The Carolina Panthers were supposed to be Super Bowl sleepers in 2012. Instead, they struggled out of the gates and could only muster up a 7-9 record. That’s the end result everyone saw, but what should provide optimism is the fact that they won five out of their last six games.
In fact, the Panthers even edged out the division champion Falcons in one game, while closing the year with a dramatic 44-38 triumph over equal division rivals, the Saints. When it was all said and done in 2012, Carolina was actually a better road team than they were at home, at they won four times on the road and went just 3-5 in Carolina.
Their home and overall record could be a reason why fans are getting such a deal in 2013, as their home game ticket price average sits at $159 per game. With the Panthers once again a sleeper team to make a major jump, fans are getting a mega deal. Let’s prepare for Carolina’s 2013 season by breaking down Panthers tickets for all six of their NFC South games:
- (11/3) vs. Atlanta Falcons | Avg: $154 | Get-in: $36
The Falcons are clearly a big draw, as they won the NFC South last year and make for an exciting, high-scoring game. With that said, the Panthers have a shot at this one at home as they split the season series in 2012 and were two points from a complete sweep. This one is an arguable deal, too, at 3% under Carolina’s home game season average.
- (12/1) vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Avg: $125 | Get-in: $20
Another deal here, as the Panthers and Buccaneers have produced two very close games lately and split the season series a year ago. Tampa Bay should give them a good game, while fans get a mega deal at 21% below the home game average.
- (12/22) vs. New Orleans Saints | Avg: $156 | Get-in: $39
Carolina keeps feeding fans the deals, as the explosive Saints march into town, yet the ticket price remains 2% below the season average. Drew Brees and co. will likely end up being the favorites, but they arguably shouldn’t be after the Panthers swept them in two very entertaining 2012 contests.
- (10/24) @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Avg: $127 | Get-in: $26
Tampa Bay comes in as Carolina’s cheapest opponent at home and on the road, as well, as both contests are currently listed at less than $130 on average. These two teams matchup very well and should offer another barn-burner in late October.
- (12/8) @ New Orleans Saints | Avg: $198 | Get-in: $54
Tickets cost a pretty penny in New Orleans against the Saints, so Panthers fans will have to fork over almost $200 on average for this battle. Considering both battles were intense last year, though, it should be worth it.
- (12/29) @ Atlanta Falcons | Avg: $132 | Get-in: $31
On the road against an equally explosive Falcons squad, with a ridiculously low price of $132 on average. Panthers fans can’t expect it to stay that low for long, but if it does, they’re getting a major deal for a game that should both be highly entertaining and could have a huge say in the division and the playoff seeding.