In their short 28-year history, the Carolina Panthers have had some high-flying offenses that have put up big numbers in games.
As we await the start of the season, in which the Panthers have +400 NFL odds to make the playoffs, we take a look at the 10 highest-scoring games from their franchise history:
1. CAROLINA PANTHERS 52, CINCINNATI BENGALS 31
Date: December 8, 2002
Despite the score, this was a close game most of the way. The Panthers only outgained the Bengals by 71 yards, lost the turnover battle, and were up just six heading into the fourth quarter. A pair of touchdowns in crunch time locked up the game and gave Carolina their most points scored in a game in franchise history.
2. CAROLINA PANTHERS 48, TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS 16
Date: December 24, 2011
Not only was this a decimation of the division-rival Buccaneers, but it was a coming-out party for rookie Cam Newton who showed his true capability in this one. The No. 1 overall pick tossed three touchdowns while attempting six rushes for 65 yards and an additional touchdown.
3. CAROLINA PANTHERS 46, SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS 27
Date: September 18, 2016
This game was a classic case of the mid-2010s Carolina offense showing how lethal they can be on their day. They hurt a porous Niners team to the tune of 529 yards and 46 points in 2016. A 100-yard rusher from this game you may have forgotten? Fozzy Whittaker put up 141 scrimmage yards on 19 touches in the victory.
4. CAROLINA PANTHERS 45, MIAMI DOLPHINS 21
Date: November 13, 2017
Carolina showed out on Monday Night Football as they were well on their way to a strong 11-5 in their most recent season finishing above .500. Not too shabby to combine for 295 rushing yards and score points on seven of nine drives, excluding a few game-ending kneel-downs.
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5. CAROLINA PANTHERS 45, NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 13
Date: January 2, 2000
The Panthers would miss the playoffs in 2000, but they made sure to humiliate their NFC South rivals in this one. Random mindblowing stat from this game: Saints rookie quarterback and future Panthers signal-caller Jake Delhomme rushed for 78 yards and a touchdown in the loss. He accounted for 23.8% of his career rushing yards in one game after finishing his 11-year career with 328 yards.
6. CAROLINA PANTHERS 45, ST. LOUIS RAMS 13
Date: October 13, 1996
Carolina only produced 361 total yards in this win, but three turnovers, including a scoop-and-score, will hand you plenty of short fields and points. These Panthers would take the NFC West in just the team’s second-ever season, but they would ultimately fall to the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship.
7. CAROLINA PANTHERS 44, WASHINGTON REDSKINS 16
Date: November 22, 2015
Listen to this brutal stretch of drive outcomes from this 2015 matchup. After scoring on two of their first three drives to open the game, the remaining Redskins drives finished as follows: Punt, fumble, fumble, fumble, punt, punt, fumble, punt, punt. Yikes. The Carolina defense was why they put up this 40-burger back in 2015, providing the offense with three drives starting inside the Washington 35-yard-line, all of which resulted in touchdowns.
8. CAROLINA PANTHERS 44, NEW ORLEANS SAINTS 38
Date: December 30, 2012
Credit to Drew Brees and the Saints for keeping this one close until the bitter end. Despite having 44 points on the board, Carolina needed to close it out with a few first downs to take home the win. It was a barnburner in the season finale, with the teams combining for 971 total yards of offense.
9. CAROLINA PANTHERS 44, ATLANTA FALCONS 11
Date: January 1, 2006
The Panthers seem to love Week 17 because this is the third closing game of a season to make the list. Carolina was en route to another conference championship loss in 2006, but not until they embarrassed Michael Vick and the Atlanta Falcons by forcing four turnovers and rushing for 229 yards as a team.
10. CAROLINA PANTHERS 42, TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS 28
Date: November 4, 2018
In the backend of the Cam Newton era, the Panthers took it to a Buccaneers team that was in the annual midseason tailspin that comes when you have Ryan Fitzpatrick under center. It was the Christian McCaffrey show in this one as he racked up 157 scrimmage yards and a pair of rushing touchdowns for the Week 9 victory.
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