2005 Carolina Panthers Season
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2005 Carolina Panthers Season
2005 Carolina Panthers season
OwnerJerry Richardson
General managerMarty Hurney
Head coachJohn Fox
Home fieldBank of America Stadium
Division place2nd NFC South
Playoff finishWon Wild Card Playoffs (at Giants) 23-0
Won Divisional Playoffs (at Bears) 29-21
Lost NFC Championship (at Seahawks) 14-34
Pro BowlersQB Jake Delhomme
DE Julius Peppers
WR Steve Smith
G Mike Wahle

The 2005 season was the Carolina Panthers' 11th in the National Football League (NFL) and their fourth under head coach John Fox. It was also the team's ninth season at Bank of America Stadium. They improved on their 7-9 record from 2004, going 11-5, and made it to the playoffs for the first time since their Super Bowl appearance in 2003. They eventually fell to the Seattle Seahawks 34-14 in the NFC Championship Game.


NFL Draft

2005 Carolina Panthers draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 14 Thomas Davis *  LB Georgia
2 54 Eric Shelton  RB Louisville
3 79 Evan Mathis *  [offensive guard} OG)) Alabama
3 89 Atiyyah Ellison  DT Missouri
4 121 Stefan LeFors  QB Louisville
5 149 Adam Seward  LB UNLV
5 169 Geoff Hangartner  C Texas A&M
5 171 Ben Emanuel  S UCLA
6 189 Jovan Haye  DE Vanderbilt
6 207 Joe Berger  G Michigan Tech
      Made roster    +   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career





Regular season


Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
1 September 11 New Orleans Saints L 20-23 0-1 Bank of America Stadium 72,920
2 September 18 New England Patriots W 27-17 1-1 Bank of America Stadium 73,528
3 September 25 at Miami Dolphins L 24-27 1-2 Dolphins Stadium 72,288
4 October 3 Green Bay Packers W 32-29 2-2 Bank of America Stadium 73,657
5 October 9 at Arizona Cardinals W 24-20 3-2 Sun Devil Stadium 38,809
6 October 16 at Detroit Lions W 21-20 4-2 Ford Field 61,083
7 Bye
8 October 30 Minnesota Vikings W 38-13 5-2 Bank of America Stadium 73,502
9 November 6 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 34-14 6-2 Raymond James Stadium 65,014
10 November 13 New York Jets W 30-3 7-2 Bank of America Stadium 73,529
11 November 20 at Chicago Bears L 3-13 7-3 Soldier Field 62,156
12 November 27 at Buffalo Bills W 13-9 8-3 Ralph Wilson Stadium 71,440
13 December 4 Atlanta Falcons W 24-6 9-3 Bank of America Stadium 73,661
14 December 11 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 10-20 9-4 Bank of America Stadium 73,467
15 December 18 at New Orleans Saints W 27-10 10-4 Tiger Stadium 32,551
16 December 24 Dallas Cowboys L 20-24 10-5 Bank of America Stadium 73,436
17 January 1 at Atlanta Falcons W 44-11 11-5 Georgia Dome 70,796
Note: Division games are in bold text.


NFC South
(3) Tampa Bay Buccaneers 11 5 0 .688 5-1 9-3 300 274 W2
(5) Carolina Panthers 11 5 0 .688 4-2 8-4 391 259 W1
Atlanta Falcons 8 8 0 .500 2-4 5-7 351 341 L3
New Orleans Saints 3 13 0 .188 1-5 1-11 235 398 L5



Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
Wild Card January 8 at New York Giants (4) W 23-0 1-0 Giants Stadium 79,378
Divisional January 15 at Chicago Bears (2) W 29-21 2-0 Soldier Field 62,209
Conference January 22 at Seattle Seahawks (1) L 14-34 2-1 Qwest Field 67,837

Wild Card Round

The Panthers forced five turnovers, limited the Giants to only 109 yards of total offense, and became the first club to shut out a home playoff team since the Los Angeles Rams shut out the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 1979 NFC Championship Game. Although the Giants entered the game with Pro Bowler Tiki Barber starting at running back, the Panthers running game, featuring DeShaun Foster and Nick Goings, outgained the Giants 223 yards to 41 on the ground. Carolina wide receiver Steve Smith caught 10 passes for 84 yards and scored two touchdowns, a 22-yard reception and a 12-yard run, while kicker John Kasay added three field goals and Foster rushed for 151 yards. Meanwhile, quarterback Eli Manning threw three interceptions in his first playoff start.

After the first five possessions of the game ended with punts, Carolina drove 77 yards in 12 plays and scored with Jake Delhomme's 22-yard touchdown pass to Smith. On Carolina's next possession, they were forced to punt, but New York safety Gibril Wilson muffed the kick and Panthers defensive back Dante Wesley recovered the ball at the Giants 15-yard line, setting up a 31-yard Kasay field goal to increase the lead to 10-0.

Carolina dominated the second half, intercepting Eli Manning three times. Midway through the third quarter, Ken Lucas intercepted a pass from Manning and returned it 14 yards to the Giants 12-yard line, setting up Delhomme's 12-yard touchdown pass to Smith on the next play. On New York's next drive, a 17-yard pass interference penalty on Lucas nullified his second interception and gave the Giants a first down at the Panthers 43-yard line. But two plays later, Manning's pass was intercepted by Marlon McCree at the 18. On the Panthers ensuing drive, Foster rushed three times for 44 yards, and Delhomme completed a 25-yard pass to Keary Colbert, moving the ball to the Giants 27-yard line where Kasay's 45-yard field goal made the score 20-0. Then five plays after the kickoff, McCree recorded his second interception on the Panthers 44-yard line. Carolina subsequently closed out the scoring with a 14-play, 55-yard drive that ended with Kasay's third field goal with 2:40 left in the game.

Divisional Round

The Panthers recorded 434 yards of total offense, and avenged a 13-3 regular season defeat by the Bears, to advance to their third NFC Championship Game in their eleven-year existence. Carolina receiver Steve Smith caught 12 passes for 219 yards and 2 touchdowns, the first coming 55 seconds into the contest, and rushed for 26 yards. Panthers kicker John Kasay contributed three second-quarter field goals, while quarterback Jake Delhomme threw for 319 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Panthers managed to hold off the Bears, however the team lost key running back DeShaun Foster to a broken ankle in the third quarter (which would severely cripple their running game in the NFC Championship match up to the Seahawks.)

The Panthers got the ball first and scored quickly. Jamal Robertson returned the opening kickoff 34 yards to the 40-yard line, and one play later, Delhomme threw a 58-yard touchdown pass to Smith. Later on, Smith's 46-yard reception set up a 20-yard field goal on the first play of the second quarter, increasing their lead to 10-0. On their next drive, Carolina had a chance to increase their lead even more after Delhomme completed passes to Drew Carter for gains of 14 and 29 yards, moving the ball to the Bears 23-yard line. But linebacker Brian Urlacher ended the drive by intercepting a pass from Delhomme at the 10. However, the Panthers forced another punt and scored with a second field goal from Kasay. Bears quarterback Rex Grossman completed 5 passes for 62 yards on a 67-yard drive that ended with a 1-yard touchdown run by Adrian Peterson cutting the score to 13-7. But Carolina stormed right back, driving 51 yards and scoring with Kasay's third field goal on the last play of the first half.

After the second half kickoff, a 24-yard run by Bears halfback Thomas Jones moved the ball to the Panthers 41-yard line. Then Grossman went to work, completing two passes to Bernard Berrian for 29 yards before finishing the drive with a 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Desmond Clark. But after an exchange of punts, Delhomme threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Smith, and the Panthers retook their 9-point lead.

Early in the fourth quarter, Chicago's Jason McKie scored a 3-yard touchdown run to cut their deficit to 23-21. But Delhomme led the Panthers right back, completing five passes for 45 yards and scoring with a 1-yard touchdown pass to tight end Kris Mangum. After an exchange of punts, the Bears drove into Carolina territory, but defensive back Ken Lucas put the game away by intercepting a pass from Grossman on the Panthers 22-yard line.

Conference Championship

The Seahawks forced four turnovers, and allowed only 36 rushing yards and 14 points, as they advanced to their first Super Bowl trip in the team's 30-year history. Meanwhile, running back Shaun Alexander, coming off his divisional round injury, rushed for a franchise playoff record 134 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Midway through the first quarter, the Seahawks drove 57 yards in five plays, featuring a 28-yard reception by Seneca Wallace, and scored with quarterback Matt Hasselbeck's 17-yard touchdown pass to Jerramy Stevens. Then three plays after the ensuing kickoff, linebacker Lofa Tatupu intercepted a pass from Jake Delhomme and returned it 22 yards to the Panthers 20-yard line, setting up a field goal from Josh Brown. The next time Carolina got the ball, Delhomme was intercepted again, this time by Marquand Manuel, who returned it 32 yards to the Panthers 17-yard line, setting up Alexander's 1-yard touchdown run that increased Seattle's lead to 17-0 on the first play of the second quarter. The Panthers eventually cut the score to 17-7 on Steve Smith's 59-yard punt return for a touchdown with 9:56 left in the first half.

The Seahawks scored another 17 unanswered points. On their first drive after the punt return touchdown, that moved the ball 57 yards and scored with a 39-yard field goal from Brown. Brown missed a field goal on the Seahawks next possession, but on the first drive of the second half, they score with Hasselbeck's 20-yard touchdown pass Darrell Jackson. Then in the fourth quarter, they put the game completely out of reach with a 53-yard drive that ended with Alexander's second touchdown. Carolina responded with a 47-yard touchdown pass from Delhomme to receiver Drew Carter, cutting the score to 34-14, but by then there was only 5 minutes left in the game.


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