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1997 Carolina Panthers

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7-9-0, Finished 2nd in NFC West Division  · 1997 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -3.6, Offense: -4.4, Defense: 0.8, SoS: -0.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 265 points (16.6/g), 27th of 30 in the NFL. Allowed 314 points (19.6/g), 13th.
 Differential of -49 points (-3.1/g), 20th.  Expected W-L: 6.4-9.6.

Coach: Dom Capers (7-9-0)
 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 265 4615 1019 4.5 39 15 23 284 289 534 2845 17 24 4.9 170 441 1770 11 4.0 91
Team Defense 314 4980 1023 4.9 22 11 15 290 260 490 3007 17 11 5.7 163 497 1973 12 4.0 112
Lg Rank Offense 27 26 26 22 20 14 26 21 28 29 19 15 18 14
Lg Rank Defense 13 15 26 21 16 5 9 8 27 14 25 22 12 17

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun August 31 boxscore L 0-1 Washington Redskins 10 24 16 262 104 158 4 23 323 125 198
2 Sun September 7 boxscore W 1-1 @ Atlanta Falcons 9 6 21 321 228 93 2 8 210 162 48 2
3 Sun September 14 boxscore W 2-1 @ San Diego Chargers 26 7 21 279 138 141 1 17 251 155 96 4
4 Sun September 21 boxscore L 2-2 Kansas City Chiefs 14 35 24 364 278 86 5 18 331 214 117 1
5 Mon September 29 boxscore L 2-3 San Francisco 49ers 21 34 16 254 210 44 4 27 368 149 219 1
6 Bye Week
7 Sun October 12 boxscore L 2-4 @ Minnesota Vikings 14 21 15 277 197 80 2 17 361 203 158 1
8 Sun October 19 boxscore W 3-4 @ New Orleans Saints 13 0 15 269 196 73 1 15 200 89 111 2
9 Sun October 26 boxscore W 4-4 Atlanta Falcons 21 12 14 228 91 137 3 17 301 233 68 3
10 Sun November 2 boxscore W 5-4 Oakland Raiders 38 14 27 408 192 216 20 357 319 38 2
11 Sun November 9 boxscore L 5-5 @ Denver Broncos 0 34 7 147 113 34 4 20 393 233 160 1
12 Sun November 16 boxscore L 5-6 @ San Francisco 49ers 19 27 18 254 169 85 3 20 320 221 99
13 Sun November 23 boxscore W 6-6 @ St. Louis Rams 16 10 17 302 254 48 1 12 268 187 81 1
14 Sun November 30 boxscore L 6-7 New Orleans Saints 13 16 21 427 241 186 4 18 326 190 136 2
15 Mon December 8 boxscore W 7-7 @ Dallas Cowboys 23 13 22 324 169 155 1 9 216 138 78 1
16 Sun December 14 boxscore L 7-8 Green Bay Packers 10 31 9 172 32 140 1 26 458 240 218 1
17 Sat December 20 boxscore L 7-9 St. Louis Rams 18 30 21 327 233 94 3 23 297 149 148

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 25 QB 13 13 6-7-0 200 381 52.5% 2124 11 2.9 21 5.5 59 5.6 3.7 10.6 163.4 55.7 27 200 4.72 2.94 6.6
7 Steve Beuerlein 32 qb 7 3 1-2-0 89 153 58.2% 1032 6 3.9 3 2.0 52 6.7 6.6 11.6 147.4 83.6 17 111 5.42 5.33 10.0 1 1
Team Total 27.6 16 7-9-0 289 534 54.1% 3156 17 3.2 24 4.5 59 5.9 4.5 10.9 197.3 63.7 44 311 4.92 3.64 7.6 1 1
Opp Total 16 260 490 53.1% 3253 17 3.5 11 2.2 6.6 6.32 12.5 203.3 76.2 36 246 5.7 5.4 6.8

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
32 Fred Lane 22 RB 13 7 182 809 7 50 4.4 62.2 14.0 8 27 3.4 0 7 0.6 2.1 836 7 4
23 Anthony Johnson 30 rb 16 7 97 358 0 20 3.7 22.4 6.1 21 158 7.5 1 25 1.3 9.9 516 1 2
21 Tim Biakabutuka 23 rb 8 2 75 299 2 26 4.0 37.4 9.4 299 2 1
43 Scott Greene 25 FB 16 14 45 157 1 10 3.5 9.8 2.8 40 277 6.9 1 25 2.5 17.3 434 2 1
12 Kerry Collins 25 QB 13 13 26 65 1 21 2.5 5.0 2.0 65 1 8
84 Rae Carruth 23 WR 15 14 6 23 0 6 3.8 1.5 0.4 44 545 12.4 4 52 2.9 36.3 568 4 2
81 Rocket Ismail 28 wr 13 2 4 32 0 18 8.0 2.5 0.3 36 419 11.6 2 59 2.8 32.2 451 2 0
7 Steve Beuerlein 32 qb 7 3 4 32 0 20 8.0 4.6 0.6 32 0 1
20 Winslow Oliver 24 6 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.2 6 47 7.8 0 11 1.0 7.8 47 0 2
13 Ken Walter 25 P 16 0 1 -5 0 -5 -5.0 -0.3 0.1 -5 0 0
85 Wesley Walls* 31 TE 15 15 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 58 746 12.9 6 52 3.9 49.7 746 6 0
83 Mark Carrier 32 WR 9 6 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 33 436 13.2 2 36 3.7 48.4 436 2 1
87 Muhsin Muhammad 24 wr 13 5 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 27 317 11.7 0 38 2.1 24.4 317 0 0
89 Ernie Mills 29 wr 10 5 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 11 127 11.5 1 37 1.1 12.7 127 1 0
86 Kris Mangum 24 te 2 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 56 14.0 0 22 2.0 28.0 56 0 0
88 Walter Rasby 25 te 14 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 1 1.0 0 1 0.1 0.1 1 0 0
Team Total 27.6 16 441 1770 11 50 4.0 110.6 27.6 289 3156 10.9 17 59 18.1 197.3 4926 28 30
Opp Total 16 497 1973 12 4.0 123.3 31.1 260 3007 11.6 17 16.3 187.9 4980 29 26

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
82 Michael Bates* 28 KR 16 0 1 8 0 8 8.0 47 1281 0 56 27.3 1289
38 Tyrone Poole 25 PR/RCB 16 16 26 191 0 40 7.3 1 5 0 5 5.0 196
20 Winslow Oliver 24 6 0 14 111 0 26 7.9 158
89 Ernie Mills 29 wr 10 5 4 65 0 33 16.3 192
43 Scott Greene 25 FB 16 14 3 18 0 8 6.0 452
88 Walter Rasby 25 te 14 2 3 32 0 12 10.7 33
80 Dwight Stone 33 16 0 3 76 0 37 25.3 76
51 Sam Mills 38 LILB 16 16 2 12 0 12 6.0 12
65 Frank Garcia 25 C 16 16 1 11 0 11 11.0 11
Team Total 27.6 16 41 310 0 40 7.6 64 1500 0 56 23.4 6736
Opp Total 16 38 428 2 11.3 55 1276 1 23.2

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
13 Ken Walter 25 P 16 0 85 3604 62 0 42.4
4 John Kasay 28 K 16 0 1 1 7 6 8 8 4 4 6 3 26 22 84.6%% 25 25 100.0%%
Team Total 27.6 16 1 1 7 6 8 8 4 4 6 3 26 22 84.6%% 25 25 100.0%% 85 3604 62 0 42.4
Opp Total 16 25 21 84.0%% 35 35 100.0%% 88 3758 42.7

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
37 Chad Cota 26 SS 16 16 1.0 2 28 0 15 0 0 0 1 0 0 86 31
51 Sam Mills 38 LILB 16 16 1 18 0 18 0 1 1 0 0 0 72 27
56 Micheal Barrow 27 LOLB 16 16 8.5 3 0 2 0 0 68 21
58 Andre Royal 25 RILB 16 13 5.0 3 0 1 0 0 60 13
30 Mike Minter 23 FS 16 11 3.5 1 0 2 0 0 53 16
38 Tyrone Poole 25 PR/RCB 16 16 1.0 2 0 0 0 0 1 3 3 11 0 48 4
69 Les Miller 32 LDE 16 11 5.5 0 0 1 3 0 45 7
57 Lamar Lathon 30 ROLB 15 15 2.0 1 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 44 11
71 Greg Kragen 35 NT 16 16 2.0 45 9
25 Eric Davis 29 LCB 14 14 5 25 0 17 0 0 0 1 2 0 35 6
40 Pat Terrell 29 fs 16 5 0 0 1 0 0 30 13
99 Ray Seals 32 RDE 14 7 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 19 2
31 Rod Smith 27 db 16 2 16 0
97 Renaldo Turnbull 31 de 16 2 1.0 11 5
93 Mike Fox 30 lde 11 9 11 4
41 Toi Cook 33 16 0 1.0 10 2
96 Shawn King 25 de 9 2 2.0 10 1
54 Carlton Bailey 33 8 0 9 2
92 Israel Raybon 24 9 0 0.5 5 1
12 Kerry Collins 25 QB 13 13 0 8 2 -14 0
95 Tim Morabito 24 8 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 3
82 Michael Bates* 28 KR 16 0 0 4 2 0 0
55 Percell Gaskins 25 12 0 3 0
32 Fred Lane 22 RB 13 7 0 4 2 0 0
50 Kinnon Tatum 22 16 0 3 0
23 Anthony Johnson 30 rb 16 7 0 2 2 0 0
84 Rae Carruth 23 WR 15 14 0 2 0 0 0
20 Winslow Oliver 24 6 0 0 2 0 0 0
98 Gerald Williams 34 rde 5 5 0 2
7 Steve Beuerlein 32 qb 7 3 0 1 0 0 0
21 Tim Biakabutuka 23 rb 8 2 0 1 0 0 0
83 Mark Carrier 32 WR 9 6 0 1 0 0 0
43 Scott Greene 25 FB 16 14 0 1 0 0 0
94 Tarek Saleh 23 3 0 1.0
80 Dwight Stone 33 16 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
Team Total 27.6 16 35.0 11 72 0 18 0 12 30 22 2 0 686 180 1
Opp Total 16 44 26 15

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 28 K 16 0 25 22 91
32 Fred Lane 22 RB 13 7 7 7 42
85 Wesley Walls* 31 TE 15 15 6 6 36
84 Rae Carruth 23 WR 15 14 4 4 24
21 Tim Biakabutuka 23 rb 8 2 2 2 12
83 Mark Carrier 32 WR 9 6 2 2 12
43 Scott Greene 25 FB 16 14 1 1 2 12
81 Rocket Ismail 28 wr 13 2 2 2 12
23 Anthony Johnson 30 rb 16 7 1 1 1 8
12 Kerry Collins 25 QB 13 13 1 1 6
89 Ernie Mills 29 wr 10 5 1 1 6
87 Muhsin Muhammad 24 wr 13 5 1 2
80 Dwight Stone 33 16 0 1 2
Team Total 27.6 16 11 17 28 2 25 22 1 265
Opp Total 16 12 17 2 1 2 2 35 21 314

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1997-08-31 WAS L, 10-24 4 24 pass Wesley Walls 24 yard pass from Steve Beuerlein (John Kasay kick)
2 1997-09-14 @ SDG W, 26-7 1 8 pass Wesley Walls 8 yard pass from Kerry Collins (John Kasay kick)
3 1997-09-14 @ SDG W, 26-7 4 1 pass Wesley Walls 1 yard pass from Kerry Collins (John Kasay kick)
4 1997-09-21 KAN L, 14-35 2 8 rush Fred Lane 8 yard rush (John Kasay kick)
5 1997-09-21 KAN L, 14-35 4 19 pass Wesley Walls 19 yard pass from Kerry Collins (John Kasay kick)
6 1997-09-29 SFO L, 21-34 2 17 pass Rae Carruth 17 yard pass from Kerry Collins (John Kasay kick)
7 1997-09-29 SFO L, 21-34 4 8 pass Rocket Ismail 8 yard pass from Steve Beuerlein (John Kasay kick)
8 1997-09-29 SFO L, 21-34 4 20 pass Mark Carrier 20 yard pass from Steve Beuerlein (John Kasay kick)
9 1997-10-12 @ MIN L, 14-21 2 16 pass Wesley Walls 16 yard pass from Steve Beuerlein (John Kasay kick)
10 1997-10-12 @ MIN L, 14-21 4 5 pass Rae Carruth 5 yard pass from Steve Beuerlein (John Kasay kick)
11 1997-10-19 @ NOR W, 13-0 1 14 pass Anthony Johnson 14 yard pass from Kerry Collins (John Kasay kick)
12 1997-10-26 ATL W, 21-12 1 12 rush Tim Biakabutuka 12 yard rush (John Kasay kick)
13 1997-10-26 ATL W, 21-12 1 16 pass Mark Carrier 16 yard pass from Kerry Collins (John Kasay kick)
14 1997-10-26 ATL W, 21-12 4 26 rush Tim Biakabutuka 26 yard rush (John Kasay kick)
15 1997-11-02 OAK W, 38-14 1 15 rush Fred Lane 15 yard rush (John Kasay kick)
16 1997-11-02 OAK W, 38-14 1 18 rush Fred Lane 18 yard rush (John Kasay kick)
17 1997-11-02 OAK W, 38-14 2 6 rush Kerry Collins 6 yard rush (John Kasay kick)
18 1997-11-02 OAK W, 38-14 2 10 rush Scott Greene 10 yard rush (John Kasay kick)
19 1997-11-02 OAK W, 38-14 4 32 rush Fred Lane 32 yard rush (John Kasay kick)
20 1997-11-16 @ SFO L, 19-27 3 4 rush Fred Lane 4 yard rush (John Kasay kick)
21 1997-11-16 @ SFO L, 19-27 3 5 pass Wesley Walls 5 yard pass from Kerry Collins (run failed)
22 1997-11-23 @ STL W, 16-10 2 59 pass Rocket Ismail 59 yard pass from Kerry Collins (John Kasay kick)
23 1997-11-30 NOR L, 13-16 4 2 rush Fred Lane 2 yard rush (John Kasay kick)
24 1997-12-08 @ DAL W, 23-13 2 15 pass Rae Carruth 15 yard pass from Kerry Collins (John Kasay kick)
25 1997-12-08 @ DAL W, 23-13 3 1 pass Scott Greene 1 yard pass from Kerry Collins (John Kasay kick)
26 1997-12-14 GNB L, 10-31 4 35 rush Fred Lane 35 yard rush (John Kasay kick)
27 1997-12-20 STL L, 18-30 3 35 pass Rae Carruth 35 yard pass from Kerry Collins (Muhsin Muhammad pass from Kerry Collins)
28 1997-12-20 STL L, 18-30 4 2 pass Ernie Mills 2 yard pass from Steve Beuerlein (Anthony Johnson run)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1997-08-31 WAS W, 24-10 2 1 rush Terry Allen 1 yard rush (Scott Blanton kick)
2 1997-08-31 WAS W, 24-10 4 1 rush Terry Allen 1 yard rush (Scott Blanton kick)
3 1997-08-31 WAS W, 24-10 4 5 pass Leslie Shepherd 5 yard pass from Gus Frerotte (Scott Blanton kick)
4 1997-09-14 @ SDG L, 7-26 1 6 rush Erric Pegram 6 yard rush (John Carney kick)
5 1997-09-21 KAN W, 35-14 1 55 pass Kimble Anders 55 yard pass from Elvis Grbac (Pete Stoyanovich kick)
6 1997-09-21 KAN W, 35-14 2 18 pass Andre Rison 18 yard pass from Elvis Grbac (Pete Stoyanovich kick)
7 1997-09-21 KAN W, 35-14 3 1 rush Marcus Allen 1 yard rush (Pete Stoyanovich kick)
8 1997-09-21 KAN W, 35-14 4 3 pass Tony Richardson 3 yard pass from Elvis Grbac (Pete Stoyanovich kick)
9 1997-09-21 KAN W, 35-14 4 62 interception Mark McMillian 62 yard interception return (Pete Stoyanovich kick)
10 1997-09-29 SFO W, 34-21 1 8 pass Terrell Owens 8 yard pass from Steve Young (Gary Anderson kick)
11 1997-09-29 SFO W, 34-21 2 2 rush Steve Young 2 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
12 1997-09-29 SFO W, 34-21 3 3 rush Garrison Hearst 3 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
13 1997-09-29 SFO W, 34-21 4 3 rush Terry Kirby 3 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
14 1997-10-12 @ MIN W, 21-14 2 6 pass Cris Carter 6 yard pass from Brad Johnson (Eddie Murray kick)
15 1997-10-12 @ MIN W, 21-14 4 3 pass Brad Johnson 3 yard pass from Brad Johnson (Eddie Murray kick)
16 1997-10-12 @ MIN W, 21-14 4 4 rush Robert Smith 4 yard rush (Eddie Murray kick)
17 1997-10-26 ATL L, 12-21 4 14 pass Jamal Anderson 14 yard pass from Billy Joe Tolliver (pass failed)
18 1997-11-02 OAK L, 14-38 2 23 pass Napoleon Kaufman 23 yard pass from Jeff George (Cole Ford kick)
19 1997-11-02 OAK L, 14-38 3 16 pass James Jett 16 yard pass from Jeff George (Cole Ford kick)
20 1997-11-09 @ DEN W, 34-0 1 82 punt Darrien Gordon 82 yard punt return (Jason Elam kick)
21 1997-11-09 @ DEN W, 34-0 1 75 punt Darrien Gordon 75 yard punt return (Jason Elam kick)
22 1997-11-09 @ DEN W, 34-0 3 20 pass Rod Smith 20 yard pass from John Elway (Jason Elam kick)
23 1997-11-09 @ DEN W, 34-0 4 27 interception Tyrone Braxton 27 yard interception return (Jason Elam kick)
24 1997-11-16 @ SFO W, 27-19 2 1 rush Steve Young 1 yard rush (Gary Anderson kick)
25 1997-11-16 @ SFO W, 27-19 2 44 pass William Floyd 44 yard pass from Steve Young (Gary Anderson kick)
26 1997-11-16 @ SFO W, 27-19 3 101 kickoff Terry Kirby 101 yard kickoff return (Gary Anderson kick)
27 1997-11-23 @ STL L, 10-16 2 66 fumble Leslie O'Neal 66 yard fumble return (Jeff Wilkins kick)
28 1997-11-30 NOR W, 16-13 2 10 rush Ray Zellars 10 yard rush (Doug Brien kick)
29 1997-12-08 @ DAL L, 13-23 4 52 pass Michael Irvin 52 yard pass from Troy Aikman (Richie Cunningham kick)
30 1997-12-14 GNB W, 31-10 1 58 pass Antonio Freeman 58 yard pass from Brett Favre (Ryan Longwell kick)
31 1997-12-14 GNB W, 31-10 1 20 pass Robert Brooks 20 yard pass from Brett Favre (Ryan Longwell kick)
32 1997-12-14 GNB W, 31-10 3 6 pass Antonio Freeman 6 yard pass from Brett Favre (Ryan Longwell kick)
33 1997-12-14 GNB W, 31-10 4 6 rush Aaron Hayden 6 yard rush (Ryan Longwell kick)
34 1997-12-20 STL W, 30-18 1 0 fumble Zach Wiegert 0 yard fumble return (Jeff Wilkins kick)
35 1997-12-20 STL W, 30-18 3 7 rush David Thompson 7 yard rush (Jeff Wilkins kick)
36 1997-12-20 STL W, 30-18 4 1 pass Ernie Conwell 1 yard pass from Tony Banks (Jeff Wilkins kick)