Carolina Panthers

Local News
9:53 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Carolina Panthers Gear Up For First Playoff Game Since 2008

Coach Ron Rivera during a press conference on Monday, Jan. 6.
Credit Michael Tomsic

The Carolina Panthers are preparing for their first playoff game in five years. WFAE's Michael Tomsic spoke to Coach Ron Rivera and players after Monday's practice and has this report.


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The Charlotte Observer
9:41 pm
Sun December 29, 2013

Bring On The Playoffs!

Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy (76) sacks Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan during the 4th quarter Sunday.
Credit Jeff Siner / Charlotte Observer

Cam Newton ran the whole game, so the Panthers’ quarterback wasn’t about to stop Sunday after the Panthers clinched their first division title in five years.

After finishing a TV interview minutes after the 21-20 win against the Atlanta Falcons, Newton ran along the wall of the Georgia Dome, slapping hands with some of the thousands of Panthers’ fans who made the drive down Interstate 85.

Newton worked his way to the visitors locker room, where he was greeted by the blaring notes of “I’m a King” by T.I. and by teammates wearing black “division champions” hats.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu December 12, 2013

The Carolina Panthers

Credit Carolina Panthers - Melissa Melvin-Rodriguez

Last week's bad loss to the rival New Orleans Saints, notwithstanding, the Carolina Panthers are having a great season. Before this loss, the team reeled off eight straight wins and were the hottest team in the National Football League. They've garnered national attention and prime time television slots. We'll look back over the history of the team, talk about why they are so improved at look at what to expect for the rest of the season with a journalist who has written a Panther fan's guide and the teams play-by-play announcer. Join us when we kickoff another edition of Charlotte Talks.

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Sunday Headlines
9:47 am
Sun December 8, 2013

Freezing Rain In Hickory Sunday

Freezing rain is expected in much of western North Carolina Sunday.   Ice storm warnings and winter storm warnings have been issued for much of the state north of I-40 and west of I-85. The warning includes Winston-Salem, and Greensboro. Temperatures were expected to drop to freezing Sunday morning as the rain starts, and up to a quarter-inch of ice could collect on trees and power lines.  There is a freezing rain advisory south of that area for places like Asheville, Hickory and Durham. Freezing rain is likely there, before temperatures rise back above freezing.

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Charlotte Observer
11:06 pm
Sun November 24, 2013

7 In A Row For Panthers

Carolina Panthers' Dwan Edwards (92) and Frank Alexander (90) converge on Miami Dolphins' Ryan Tannehill (17) for a sack to end the game at Sun Life Stadium. The Panthers won, 20-16, for their 7th win in a row.
Credit DAVID T. FOSTER III / Charlotte Observer

The Carolina Panthers shook off a Monday night hangover, picked up the pace in the second half against the Miami Dolphins and set the stage for a repeat performance from Comeback Cam.

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton didn’t have a signature drive to win a game in the final minute in the first 41 games of his career.

Now he has two in seven days.

Newton’s 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Greg Olsen with 43 seconds left lifted the Panthers to a 20-16 victory against Miami on Sunday in front of a crowd of 60,156 and a lot of empty orange seats at Sun Life Stadium.

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Sports
8:27 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Panthers Show They Belong

Fans stream into Bank of America Stadium.
Michael Tomsic

Uptown Charlotte was festive last night before, during and after the Carolina Panthers’ first Monday Night Football game in five years. The Panthers defeated the New England Patriots 24-20 at Bank of America Stadium to improve their record to 7-3. It was the Panthers’ sixth win in a row.


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Sports
10:23 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Panthers Suddenly In National Spotlight, Playoff Hunt

Credit Carolina Panthers - Melissa Melvin-Rodriguez

What a difference five games can make. The Carolina Panthers started the season 1-3 and many were calling for the firing of coach Ron Rivera. Now, after winning five games in a row, the team is poised to make a playoff run. It's safe to say that tonight's Monday Night Football game against the Patriots is the hottest ticket in town.

Charlotte Observer Sports Columnist Tom Sorensen joined us to discuss the turnaround for the Panthers.


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Local News
5:53 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Fact Check: Cannon Involved In Closed Door Panthers Talks

City councilman Patrick Cannon
Credit City of Charlotte

Thursday’s mayoral debate in Charlotte was largely routine, but one comment in particular has drawn some scrutiny. City councilman and Democratic candidate Patrick Cannon denied involvement in the city’s controversial closed door discussions with the Carolina Panthers earlier this year, but city records tell a different tale.


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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Sports Financing: Teams And Their Cities

Panthers stadium
Credit Flickr/Suzie T

The Carolina Panthers just got their first win of the season, rousing the fans of our biggest franchise. Across town the newly minted UNC Charlotte 49ers started their inaugural football season with two wins, delighting boosters and fans and, next spring, baseball comes to uptown Charlotte. These ball clubs bring excitement, hope and exposure to the region but at what cost? The Panthers asked for millions in public funds to finance stadium renovations and the Knights got public financing for the new uptown ball park. What is the relationship between sports teams and the cities they play in? A major conference is taking place in town to ask that question, but first they tackle it with us.

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Local News
10:18 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Ethics Complaint, Lawsuit Continue Over Panthers Stadium Deal

Mike Cozza, Wayne Powers, Ken Koontz and Bruce Bowers (not pictured) are suing the city of Charlotte for allegedly violating North Carolina law in holding secret meetings with the Carolina Panthers.
Credit Julie Rose

The Charlotte City Council heard – but did not respond to – pointed accusations Monday night that they violated their own ethics policy in negotiating behind closed doors with the Carolina Panthers to spend tax dollars on Bank of America Stadium renovations.

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