5 greatest moments in Carolina Panthers history ahead of 2021 season

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Greg Olsen’s game-winning score against Seattle in 2015

Slotting in as the fourth-greatest moment in Carolina Panthers history is Greg Olsen’s 26-yard game-sealing touchdown grab against the Seattle Seahawks in 2015.

Coming off an early-season bye in Week 5, Carolina hit the road to face Russell Wilson and the Legion-of-Boom in the team’s biggest challenge yet.

The Panthers came into CenturyLink Field 4-0, but according to many critics had faced a “cupcake” schedule after beating less-than-impressive Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans squads, a Drew Brees-less New Orleans Saints team, and a rookie Jameis Winston.

Some even referred to the undefeated Panthers as the “worst 4-0 team ever.” Certainly, the showdown in Seattle and the rest of the 2015 season would prove that notion horribly wrong.

The game got off to a bit of a slow start offensively, as it featured a matchup between two of the league’s best defenses, but it was the Seahawks who took a 10-7 lead into the half. Following the break, Seattle turned their opening drive into a Ricardo Lockette touchdown reception, to go up two scores.

Two plays later the Seahawks picked off a Cam Newton pass, setting up a field goal try that gave Seattle a 20-7 lead halfway through the third quarter. Once again it appeared as though the Panthers would fall short in the newly brewing rivalry.

Fast forward two Jonathan Stewart touchdowns and a Seahawks field goal later, Carolina trimmed the lead to 23-20 with just under four minutes to play.

Carolina put up a strong defensive stand to give the offense one last chance with 2:20 to go. Newton completed his first three passes of the possession to move the ball into Seattle territory before a sack forced him to burn the team’s final timeout.

Two completions later, Newton had the Panthers on the Seahawks’ 26-yard line.

With 37 seconds left on the clock, it was winning time.

Down three, three receivers split out to the left, Newton stood in the gun with a running back to his right, and Olsen on the line of scrimmage, just outside the right tackle’s shoulder.

On the snap Olsen ran right up the seam, running past All-Pro corner Richard Sherman and getting behind superstar safety Earl Thomas.

Newton’s pass hit Olsen in stride, just after he entered the end zone, giving Carolina the go-ahead score with only 32 seconds to play.

The Panthers would hold on to win, completing a monumental fourth-quarter comeback and establishing themselves as legitimate contenders in the NFC. They would of course go on to finish 15-1 in the regular season and reach Super Bowl 50.