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1997 Carolina Panthers season

The 1997 Carolina Panthers season was the franchise's 3rd season in the National Football League and the 3rd under head coach Dom Capers. They failed to improve upon their 12–4 record in 1996, and make it to the playoffs for the second time in franchise history and finished 7-9. The Panthers appeared on Monday Night Football for the first time in franchise history, where they faced the Dallas Cowboys and won by a score of 23–13.[1]

1997 Carolina Panthers season
Head coachDom Capers
General managerBill Polian
OwnerJerry Richardson
Home fieldEricsson Stadium
Results
Record7–9
Division place2nd NFC West
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersTE Wesley Walls
LB Kevin Greene

OffseasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

1997 Carolina Panthers draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 27 Rae Carruth  Wide receiver Colorado
2 56 Mike Minter  Safety Nebraska
3 87 Kinnon Tatum  Linebacker Notre Dame
4 122 Tarek Saleh  Linebacker Wisconsin
6 187 Matt Finkes  Defensive end Ohio State
7 228 Kris Mangum  Tight end Mississippi
      Made roster  

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PersonnelEdit

StaffEdit

1997 Carolina Panthers staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Chip Morton
  • Strength and Conditioning Assistant – Greg Roman

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RosterEdit

1997 Carolina Panthers final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 5 Inactive, 1 Practice squad

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Results Game site Attendance
Final score Team record
1 August 31 Washington Redskins L 10–24 0–1 Ericsson Stadium
72,633
2 September 7 at Atlanta Falcons W 9–6 1–1 Georgia Dome
51,829
3 September 14 at San Diego Chargers W 26–7 2–1 Qualcomm Stadium
63,149
4 September 21 Kansas City Chiefs L 14–35 2–2 Ericsson Stadium
67,402
5 September 29 San Francisco 49ers L 21–34 2–3 Ericsson Stadium
70,972
6 Bye
7 October 12 at Minnesota Vikings L 14–21 2–4 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
62,625
8 October 19 at New Orleans Saints W 13–0 3–4 Louisiana Superdome
50,963
9 October 26 Atlanta Falcons W 21–12 4–4 Ericsson Stadium
54,675
10 November 2 Oakland Raiders W 38–14 5–4 Ericsson Stadium
71,064
11 November 9 at Denver Broncos L 0–34 5–5 Mile High Stadium
71,408
12 November 16 at San Francisco 49ers L 19–27 5–6 3Com Park
61,500
13 November 23 at St. Louis Rams W 16–10 6–6 Trans World Dome
64,609
14 November 30 New Orleans Saints L 13–16 6–7 Ericsson Stadium
57,957
15 December 8 at Dallas Cowboys W 23–13 7–7 Texas Stadium
63,251
16 December 14 Green Bay Packers L 10–31 7–8 Ericsson Stadium
70,887
17 December 20 St. Louis Rams L 18–30 7–9 Ericsson Stadium
58,101

StandingsEdit

NFC West
W L T PCT PF PA STK
(1) San Francisco 49ers 13 3 0 .813 375 265 L1
Carolina Panthers 7 9 0 .438 265 314 L2
Atlanta Falcons 7 9 0 .438 320 361 L1
New Orleans Saints 6 10 0 .375 237 327 L1
St. Louis Rams 5 11 0 .313 299 359 W1

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York, NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 373.
  2. ^ "1997 Carolina Panthers draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 3, 2014.
  3. ^ "Assistant Coaches". Panthers.com. Archived from the original on January 15, 2013. Retrieved January 3, 2014.