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1996 Carolina Panthers

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12-4-0, Finished 1st in NFC West Division  · 1996 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 7.1, Offense: 1.4, Defense: 5.6, SoS: -2.3, avg is 0.0.

Scored 367 points (22.9/g), 7th of 30 in the NFL. Allowed 218 points (13.6/g), 2nd.
 Differential of 149 points (9.3/g), 2nd.  Expected W-L: 12.4-3.6.

Coach: Dom Capers (12-4-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Joe Pendry
 Defensive Coordinator: Vic Fangio
 Other Notable Asst.: Bill Davis (Outside Linebackers) and Greg Roman (Assistant Coach)

Stadium: Ericcson Stadium
 Training Camp: Wofford College (Spartanburg, South Carolina)

Team Info

Majority Owner Jerry Richardson
General Manager Bill Polian
Defensive Alignment 3-4

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 367 4812 1025 4.7 25 14 39 292 273 487 3083 22 11 5.9 160 502 1729 9 3.4 93
Team Defense 218 4776 990 4.8 38 16 15 251 307 556 3214 17 22 5.2 167 374 1562 6 4.2 69
Lg Rank Offense 7 23 7 20 19 23 22 12 1 15 4 15 19 24
Lg Rank Defense 2 10 5 4 2 22 12 6 7 5 2 8 4 26

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 1 boxscore W 1-0 Atlanta Falcons 29 6 23 315 186 129 1 12 281 162 119 1
2 Sun September 8 boxscore W 2-0 @ New Orleans Saints 22 20 15 225 142 83 1 14 338 244 94 2
3 Bye Week
4 Sun September 22 boxscore W 3-0 San Francisco 49ers 23 7 21 389 272 117 1 15 300 252 48 1
5 Sun September 29 boxscore L 3-1 @ Jacksonville Jaguars 14 24 21 272 215 57 2 22 378 199 179 2
6 Sun October 6 boxscore L 3-2 @ Minnesota Vikings 12 14 15 256 155 101 6 16 293 192 101 2
7 Sun October 13 boxscore W 4-2 St. Louis Rams 45 13 21 361 177 184 1 15 219 141 78 3
8 Sun October 20 boxscore W 5-2 New Orleans Saints 19 7 21 314 155 159 10 174 103 71 2
9 Sun October 27 boxscore L 5-3 @ Philadelphia Eagles 9 20 10 300 239 61 2 16 359 329 30 1
10 Sun November 3 boxscore L 5-4 @ Atlanta Falcons 17 20 17 347 243 104 3 16 313 189 124 2
11 Sun November 10 boxscore W 6-4 New York Giants 27 17 23 350 208 142 1 14 289 215 74 4
12 Sun November 17 boxscore W 7-4 @ St. Louis Rams 20 10 22 255 108 147 2 15 243 121 122 1
13 Sun November 24 boxscore W 8-4 @ Houston Oilers 31 6 12 254 160 94 1 17 271 186 85 4
14 Sun December 1 boxscore W 9-4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 24 0 13 215 83 132 17 284 206 78 4
15 Sun December 8 boxscore W 10-4 @ San Francisco 49ers 30 24 22 382 324 58 23 450 375 75 4
16 Sun December 15 boxscore W 11-4 Baltimore Ravens 27 16 21 350 268 82 2 17 319 220 99 3
17 Sun December 22 boxscore W 12-4 Pittsburgh Steelers 18 14 15 227 148 79 2 12 265 80 185 2
Playoffs
Division Sun January 5 boxscore W 13-4 Dallas Cowboys 26 17 18 227 100 127 2 21 244 148 96 3
ConfChamp Sun January 12 boxscore L 13-5 @ Green Bay Packers 13 30 12 251 206 45 3 22 479 278 201 2

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk SkYds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
12 Kerry Collins* 24 QB 13 12 9-3-0 204 364 56.0% 2454 14 3.8 9 2.5 55 6.7 6.4 12.0 188.8 79.4 18 114 6.13 5.80 4.7 1 1
7 Steve Beuerlein 31 qb 8 4 3-1-0 69 123 56.1% 879 8 6.5 2 1.6 40 7.1 7.7 12.7 109.9 93.5 18 136 5.27 5.77 12.8 1 1
Team Total 27.8 16 12-4-0 273 487 56.1% 3333 22 4.5 11 2.3 55 6.8 6.7 12.2 208.3 83.0 36 250 5.89 5.79 6.9 2 2
Opp Total 16 307 556 55.2% 3585 17 3.1 22 4.0 6.4 5.28 11.7 224.1 68.7 60 371 5.2 4.2 9.7

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Player Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
23 Anthony Johnson 29 RB 16 11 300 1120 6 29 3.7 70.0 18.8 26 192 7.4 0 55 1.6 12.0 1312 6 2
21 Tim Biakabutuka 22 rb 4 4 71 229 0 17 3.2 57.3 17.8 229 0 0
20 Winslow Oliver 23 PR 16 0 47 183 0 16 3.9 11.4 2.9 15 144 9.6 0 29 0.9 9.0 327 0 4
12 Kerry Collins* 24 QB 13 12 32 38 0 14 1.2 2.9 2.5 38 0 6
30 Howard Griffith 29 FB 16 14 12 7 1 3 0.6 0.4 0.8 27 223 8.3 1 21 1.7 13.9 230 2 1
7 Steve Beuerlein 31 qb 8 4 12 17 0 13 1.4 2.1 1.5 17 0 9
32 Dino Philyaw 26 9 0 12 38 1 8 3.2 4.2 1.3 38 1 0
81 Rocket Ismail 27 wr 13 5 8 80 1 35 10.0 6.2 0.6 12 214 17.8 0 51 0.9 16.5 294 1 0
33 Leroy Hoard 28 3 0 5 11 0 5 2.2 3.7 1.7 11 0 0
86 Willie Green 30 WR 15 10 1 1 0 1 1.0 0.1 0.1 46 614 13.3 3 50 3.1 40.9 615 3 0
87 Muhsin Muhammad 23 wr 9 5 1 -1 0 -1 -1.0 -0.1 0.1 25 407 16.3 1 54 2.8 45.2 406 1 0
80 Dwight Stone 32 16 0 1 6 0 6 6.0 0.4 0.1 1 11 11.0 0 11 0.1 0.7 17 0 0
85 Wesley Walls* 30 TE 16 15 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 61 713 11.7 10 40 3.8 44.6 713 10 0
83 Mark Carrier 31 WR 16 15 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 58 808 13.9 6 39 3.6 50.5 808 6 0
43 Scott Greene 24 8 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 7 3.5 1 6 0.3 0.9 7 1 0
Team Total 27.8 16 502 1729 9 35 3.4 108.1 31.4 273 3333 12.2 22 55 17.1 208.3 5062 31 25
Opp Total 16 374 1562 6 4.2 97.6 23.4 307 3214 10.5 17 19.2 200.9 4776 23 25

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Player Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
20 Winslow Oliver 23 PR 16 0 52 598 1 84 11.5 7 160 0 33 22.9 1085
82 Michael Bates*+ 27 KR 14 0 33 998 1 93 30.2 998
81 Rocket Ismail 27 wr 13 5 5 100 0 30 20.0 394
38 Tyrone Poole 24 RCB 15 15 3 26 0 12 8.7 26
43 Scott Greene 24 8 0 2 10 0 6 5.0 17
56 Myron Baker 25 16 0 1 11 0 11 11.0 11
50 Duane Bickett 34 16 0 1 12 0 12 12.0 12
33 Leroy Hoard 28 3 0 1 19 0 19 19.0 30
Team Total 27.8 16 55 624 1 84 11.3 50 1310 1 93 26.2 6996
Opp Total 16 32 175 0 5.5 71 1429 0 20.1

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Player Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
4 John Kasay* 27 K 16 0 2 2 14 14 12 11 10 7 7 3 45 37 82.2%% 35 34 97.1%% 1 30 30 0 30.0
3 Rohn Stark 37 P 16 0 77 3128 60 0 40.6
Team Total 27.8 16 2 2 14 14 12 11 10 7 7 3 45 37 82.2%% 35 34 97.1%% 78 3158 60 0 40.5
Opp Total 16 20 17 85.0%% 24 23 95.8%% 95 4161 43.8

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
51 Sam Mills*+ 37 LILB 16 16 5.5 1 10 0 10 0 0 0 2 41 1 90 32
57 Lamar Lathon* 29 ROLB 16 16 13.5 1 0 2 4 0 54 23
38 Tyrone Poole 24 RCB 15 15 1 35 0 35 0 0 0 1 0 0 57 11
25 Eric Davis* 28 LCB 16 16 5 57 0 36 0 2 0 0 0 0 56 4
54 Carlton Bailey 32 RILB 16 14 2.5 1 0 0 0 0 47 21
40 Pat Terrell 28 FS 16 16 3 6 0 6 0 50 10
91 Kevin Greene*+ 34 LOLB 16 16 14.5 2 0 3 66 1 37 14
71 Greg Kragen 34 NT 16 16 3.0 4 0 2 0 0 39 9
39 Brett Maxie 34 SS 13 13 1 35 0 35 0 1 0 0 0 0 39 9
37 Chad Cota 25 db 16 2 1.0 5 63 0 35 0 0 1 1 0 0 31 11
41 Toi Cook 32 15 1 4.0 3 28 0 22 0 2 0 1 3 0 19 10
98 Gerald Williams 33 RDE 16 14 1.0 2 0 0 0 0 21 12
93 Mike Fox 29 LDE 11 11 2.0 24 4
69 Les Miller 31 lde 15 5 3.0 1 0 1 14 0 18 11
96 Shawn King 24 16 0 3.0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 12 1 13 5
31 Rod Smith 26 db 8 1 1.0 9 4
50 Duane Bickett 34 16 0 2.0 7 5
95 Mark Thomas 27 12 0 4.0 0 0 1 18 0 7 1
29 Steve Lofton 28 db 11 3 1 42 0 42 0 8 2
27 Damon Pieri 26 db 16 1 1 0 0 0 0 9 0
7 Steve Beuerlein 31 qb 8 4 0 9 2 -7 0
58 Andre Royal 24 16 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 3
12 Kerry Collins* 24 QB 13 12 0 6 1 0 0
20 Winslow Oliver 23 PR 16 0 0 4 0 0 0
82 Michael Bates*+ 27 KR 14 0 0 2 0 0 0
90 Tim Colston 23 2 0 1 0
65 Frank Garcia 24 c/lg 14 8 0 0 2 0 0
30 Howard Griffith 29 FB 16 14 0 1 1 0 0
97 Tommy Jeter 27 1 0 1 0
23 Anthony Johnson 29 RB 16 11 0 2 0 0 0
56 Myron Baker 25 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
74 Mark Dennis 31 lt/rt 16 8 0 0 1 0 0
52 Matt Elliott 28 c/LG 16 12 0 0 1 0 0
26 Emmanuel McDaniel 24 2 0 0 1
88 Walter Rasby 24 te 16 1 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 27.8 16 60.0 22 277 0 42 0 17 25 26 151 3 640 202
Opp Total 16 36 25 9

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
4 John Kasay* 27 K 16 0 34 37 145
85 Wesley Walls* 30 TE 16 15 10 10 60
83 Mark Carrier 31 WR 16 15 6 6 36
23 Anthony Johnson 29 RB 16 11 6 6 36
86 Willie Green 30 WR 15 10 3 3 18
30 Howard Griffith 29 FB 16 14 1 1 2 12
82 Michael Bates*+ 27 KR 14 0 1 1 6
91 Kevin Greene*+ 34 LOLB 16 16 1 1 6
43 Scott Greene 24 8 0 1 1 6
81 Rocket Ismail 27 wr 13 5 1 1 6
96 Shawn King 24 16 0 1 1 6
51 Sam Mills*+ 37 LILB 16 16 1 1 6
87 Muhsin Muhammad 23 wr 9 5 1 1 6
20 Winslow Oliver 23 PR 16 0 1 1 6
32 Dino Philyaw 26 9 0 1 1 6
12 Kerry Collins* 24 QB 13 12 1 2
Team Total 27.8 16 9 22 1 1 3 36 1 34 37 2 363
Opp Total 16 6 17 1 23 17 218

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1996-09-01 ATL W, 29-6 1 12 pass Mark Carrier 12 yard pass from Kerry Collins (John Kasay kick)
2 1996-09-01 ATL W, 29-6 2 1 pass Wesley Walls 1 yard pass from Kerry Collins (John Kasay kick)
3 1996-09-08 @ NOR W, 22-20 1 84 punt Winslow Oliver 84 yard punt return (John Kasay kick)
4 1996-09-22 SFO W, 23-7 1 19 pass Wesley Walls 19 yard pass from Steve Beuerlein (John Kasay kick)
5 1996-09-22 SFO W, 23-7 2 7 pass Wesley Walls 7 yard pass from Steve Beuerlein (John Kasay kick)
6 1996-09-29 @ JAX L, 14-24 3 24 pass Mark Carrier 24 yard pass from Steve Beuerlein
7 1996-09-29 @ JAX L, 14-24 4 3 pass Mark Carrier 3 yard pass from Kerry Collins (Kerry Collins run)
8 1996-10-06 @ MIN L, 12-14 3 4 rush Anthony Johnson 4 yard rush (John Kasay kick)
9 1996-10-13 STL W, 45-13 1 9 pass Wesley Walls 9 yard pass from Kerry Collins (John Kasay kick)
10 1996-10-13 STL W, 45-13 1 66 fumble Kevin Greene 66 yard fumble return (John Kasay kick)
11 1996-10-13 STL W, 45-13 2 54 pass Muhsin Muhammad 54 yard pass from Kerry Collins (John Kasay kick)
12 1996-10-13 STL W, 45-13 2 93 kickoff Michael Bates 93 yard kickoff return (John Kasay kick)
13 1996-10-13 STL W, 45-13 3 19 pass Wesley Walls 19 yard pass from Kerry Collins (John Kasay kick)
14 1996-10-13 STL W, 45-13 4 2 rush Dino Philyaw 2 yard rush (John Kasay kick)
15 1996-10-20 NOR W, 19-7 3 13 pass Mark Carrier 13 yard pass from Kerry Collins (John Kasay kick)
16 1996-11-03 @ ATL L, 17-20 2 6 rush Anthony Johnson 6 yard rush (John Kasay kick)
17 1996-11-03 @ ATL L, 17-20 4 12 pass Mark Carrier 12 yard pass from Steve Beuerlein (John Kasay kick)
18 1996-11-10 NYG W, 27-17 1 35 rush Rocket Ismail 35 yard rush (John Kasay kick)
19 1996-11-10 NYG W, 27-17 3 1 rush Anthony Johnson 1 yard rush (John Kasay kick)
20 1996-11-10 NYG W, 27-17 4 17 pass Howard Griffith 17 yard pass from Kerry Collins (John Kasay kick)
21 1996-11-17 @ STL W, 20-10 3 9 pass Wesley Walls 9 yard pass from Steve Beuerlein (John Kasay kick)
22 1996-11-17 @ STL W, 20-10 3 7 rush Anthony Johnson 7 yard rush (John Kasay kick)
23 1996-11-24 @ HOU W, 31-6 2 30 pass Willie Green 30 yard pass from Steve Beuerlein (John Kasay kick)
24 1996-11-24 @ HOU W, 31-6 3 12 pass Willie Green 12 yard pass from Steve Beuerlein (John Kasay kick)
25 1996-11-24 @ HOU W, 31-6 4 41 fumble Sam Mills 41 yard fumble return (John Kasay kick)
26 1996-11-24 @ HOU W, 31-6 4 40 pass Wesley Walls 40 yard pass from Steve Beuerlein (John Kasay kick)
27 1996-12-01 TAM W, 24-0 2 12 fumble Shawn King 12 yard fumble return (John Kasay kick)
28 1996-12-01 TAM W, 24-0 3 1 rush Howard Griffith 1 yard rush (John Kasay kick)
29 1996-12-01 TAM W, 24-0 4 25 rush Anthony Johnson 25 yard rush (John Kasay kick)
30 1996-12-08 @ SFO W, 30-24 1 5 pass Wesley Walls 5 yard pass from Kerry Collins (John Kasay kick)
31 1996-12-08 @ SFO W, 30-24 2 5 pass Wesley Walls 5 yard pass from Kerry Collins (John Kasay kick)
32 1996-12-08 @ SFO W, 30-24 2 20 pass Willie Green 20 yard pass from Kerry Collins (John Kasay kick)
33 1996-12-15 BAL W, 27-16 2 2 rush Anthony Johnson 2 yard rush (John Kasay kick)
34 1996-12-15 BAL W, 27-16 3 6 pass Mark Carrier 6 yard pass from Kerry Collins (John Kasay kick)
35 1996-12-15 BAL W, 27-16 4 1 pass Scott Greene 1 yard pass from Kerry Collins (John Kasay kick)
36 1996-12-22 PIT W, 18-14 1 9 pass Wesley Walls 9 yard pass from Kerry Collins (John Kasay kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1996-09-08 @ NOR L, 20-22 1 9 pass Torrance Small 9 yard pass from Jim Everett (Doug Brien kick)
2 1996-09-08 @ NOR L, 20-22 2 27 pass Haywood Jeffires 27 yard pass from Jim Everett (Doug Brien kick)
3 1996-09-22 SFO L, 7-23 3 44 pass Derek Loville 44 yard pass from Steve Young (Jeff Wilkins kick)
4 1996-09-29 @ JAX W, 24-14 1 1 rush James Stewart 1 yard rush (Mike Hollis kick)
5 1996-09-29 @ JAX W, 24-14 1 8 pass Jimmy Smith 8 yard pass from Mark Brunell (Mike Hollis kick)
6 1996-09-29 @ JAX W, 24-14 4 4 rush James Stewart 4 yard rush (Mike Hollis kick)
7 1996-10-06 @ MIN W, 14-12 2 6 pass Cris Carter 6 yard pass from Warren Moon (Scott Sisson kick)
8 1996-10-06 @ MIN W, 14-12 3 3 pass Cris Carter 3 yard pass from Warren Moon (Scott Sisson kick)
9 1996-10-13 STL L, 13-45 2 22 interception Anthony Parker 22 yard interception return (Chip Lohmiller kick)
10 1996-10-13 STL L, 13-45 2 12 pass Eddie Kennison 12 yard pass from Tony Banks
11 1996-10-20 NOR L, 7-19 2 1 rush Ray Zellars 1 yard rush (Doug Brien kick)
12 1996-10-27 @ PHI W, 20-9 1 3 rush Ricky Watters 3 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
13 1996-10-27 @ PHI W, 20-9 2 9 pass Jason Dunn 9 yard pass from Ty Detmer (Gary Anderson kick)
14 1996-11-03 @ ATL W, 20-17 1 32 rush Jamal Anderson 32 yard rush (Morten Andersen kick)
15 1996-11-03 @ ATL W, 20-17 4 15 pass J.J. Birden 15 yard pass from Bobby Hebert (Morten Andersen kick)
16 1996-11-10 NYG L, 17-27 1 13 pass Chris Calloway 13 yard pass from Dave Brown (Brad Daluiso kick)
17 1996-11-10 NYG L, 17-27 1 23 pass Thomas Lewis 23 yard pass from Dave Brown (Brad Daluiso kick)
18 1996-11-17 @ STL L, 10-20 2 11 pass Lawrence Phillips 11 yard pass from Tony Banks (Chip Lohmiller kick)
19 1996-12-08 @ SFO L, 24-30 2 1 pass Brent Jones 1 yard pass from Steve Young (Jeff Wilkins kick)
20 1996-12-08 @ SFO L, 24-30 2 46 pass Terrell Owens 46 yard pass from Steve Young (Jeff Wilkins kick)
21 1996-12-08 @ SFO L, 24-30 4 5 pass Jerry Rice 5 yard pass from Steve Young (Jeff Wilkins kick)
22 1996-12-15 BAL L, 16-27 1 23 pass Michael Jackson 23 yard pass from Vinny Testaverde (Matt Stover kick)
23 1996-12-22 PIT L, 14-18 2 6 pass Andre Hastings 6 yard pass from Mike Tomczak (Norm Johnson kick)
24 1996-12-22 PIT L, 14-18 2 80 rush Kordell Stewart 80 yard rush (Norm Johnson kick)