5 best playoff wins in Carolina Panthers’ franchise history

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Ranking the Carolina Panthers’ top five playoff wins in its 26-year history.

The Carolina Panthers began playing in the NFL during the 1995 season and enjoyed unprecedented success during their first two years. After losing their first five games during the 1995 campaign, the team finished by winning seven out of 11 games, completing the season with a record of seven wins and nine losses.

The Panthers followed up their expansion success the following season with 12 wins and four losses, which included an eight-game winning streak during the months of November and December, the team’s first division title (NFC West), and earning their debut playoff berth.

The early success of the Panthers franchise would not result in the team becoming a consistent playoff contender. Following 2020, Carolina has compiled a regular-season win/loss record of 200-215-1, and have only made the playoffs eight times.

When making the playoffs, the Panthers have had success. The team won seven of its first 10 playoff games and they have an overall playoff record of 9-8.

The Panthers have advanced to four NFC Championship games, winning twice to become NFC Champions and advance to the Super Bowl, although they haven’t yet got their hands on the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

Though there have been more lows than highs along the way in terms of the year-by-year success of the Panthers’ franchise, the team has provided fans with exciting performances when they have advanced to the postseason.

Let’s take a trip down memory lane and rank the top five playoff wins in Carolina Panthers history.