CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A look at some highlights and lowlights from the Panthers' 12-5 season that ended with a 23-10 loss in the NFC divisional playoffs to the San Francisco 49ers.
Best Game: The Panthers defeated New Orleans 17-13 on Cam Newton's touchdown pass to Domenik Hixon with 23 seconds left to clinch the team's first playoff berth since 2008 and give them control of the NFC South division.
Worst Game: Coming off a bye, the Panthers travelled to Arizona and lost 22-6, allowing seven sacks to fall to 1-3. But the Panthers rebounded to win eight straight games and 11 of their next 12.
Best Play: Newton's 56-yard run against Tampa Bay on Dec. 1 was a thing of beauty with the quarterback eluding seven tackles while cutting back and forth across the playing field before finally being dragged down.
Worst Play: The Panthers allowed Bills QB EJ Manuel to take his team 80 yards in 1:38 with no timeouts remaining, beating them on a 2-yard touchdown pass to Stevie Johnson with two seconds left.