|2012 Carolina Panthers season|
|Head coach||Ron Rivera|
|General manager||Marty Hurney|
|Home field||Bank of America Stadium|
|Division place||2nd NFC South|
|Playoff finish||Did not qualify|
The 2012 season was the Carolina Panthers' 18th in the National Football League and their second under head coach Ron Rivera. A day after the Panthers loss to the Dallas Cowboys, general manager Marty Hurney was fired. Until a new general manager was hired (that hire eventually being Dave Gettleman), director of football operations Brandon Beane served as interim GM. In a statistical rarity, the team lost the first 13 of their game-opening coin tosses, an event with a 1 in 8,192 probability. In the 13th game, the Panthers asked fans on Facebook to make the call, but the vote ended in a 50/50 tie.
On January 30, 2012, the Panthers unveiled an updated version of the team's logo, the team's first logo change since the Panthers entered the NFL in 1995. The new logo would subsequently be added to the team's uniforms, around the stadium and on merchandise.
The Panthers did not have a 3rd round selection.[a]
|1||9[b]||Luke Kuechly||LB||Boston College|
|2||42[c]||Amini Silatolu||G||Midwestern State|
|5||143||Josh Norman||CB||Coastal Carolina|
Looking to improve off of a 6-10 season from rookie coach Ron Rivera and quarterback Cam Newton, the Panthers got off to a tough start. The Panthers began the season with a dismal 2-8 record through their first 10 games. The Panthers played competitively throughout most games the entire season with an exception of a 36-7 loss to the defending Super Bowl Champion New York Giants where the Panthers fell to a 20-0 deficit early in the game and could not recover. Many would turn to a victory on November 26 in a prime time match up against the struggling Philadelphia Eagles as the turning point in the season for the Panthers. With that win on Monday Night Football, the Panthers would go on to win 5 of their remaining 6 games, rattling off 4 victories in a row to finish the season, with one victory coming against the NFC's #1 seed Atlanta Falcons, the first win in the series for the Panthers since the 2009 season.
|1||August 11||Houston Texans||L 13-26||0-1||Bank of America Stadium||Recap|
|2||August 17||Miami Dolphins||W 23-17||1-1||Bank of America Stadium||Recap|
|3||August 26||at New York Jets||W 17-12||2-1||MetLife Stadium||Recap|
|4||August 30||at Pittsburgh Steelers||L 16-17||2-2||Heinz Field||Recap|
|1||September 9||at Tampa Bay Buccaneers||L 10-16||0-1||Raymond James Stadium||Recap|
|2||September 16||New Orleans Saints||W 35-27||1-1||Bank of America Stadium||Recap|
|3||September 20||New York Giants||L 7-36||1-2||Bank of America Stadium||Recap|
|4||September 30||at Atlanta Falcons||L 28-30||1-3||Georgia Dome||Recap|
|5||October 7||Seattle Seahawks||L 12-16||1-4||Bank of America Stadium||Recap|
|7||October 21||Dallas Cowboys||L 14-19||1-5||Bank of America Stadium||Recap|
|8||October 28||at Chicago Bears||L 22-23||1-6||Soldier Field||Recap|
|9||November 4||at Washington Redskins||W 21-13||2-6||FedExField||Recap|
|10||November 11||Denver Broncos||L 14-36||2-7||Bank of America Stadium||Recap|
|11||November 18||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||L 21-27 (OT)||2-8||Bank of America Stadium||Recap|
|12||November 26||at Philadelphia Eagles||W 30-22||3-8||Lincoln Financial Field||Recap|
|13||December 2||at Kansas City Chiefs||L 21-27||3-9||Arrowhead Stadium||Recap|
|14||December 9||Atlanta Falcons||W 30-20||4-9||Bank of America Stadium||Recap|
|15||December 16||at San Diego Chargers||W 31-7||5-9||Qualcomm Stadium||Recap|
|16||December 23||Oakland Raiders||W 17-6||6-9||Bank of America Stadium||Recap|
|17||December 30||at New Orleans Saints||W 44-38||7-9||Mercedes-Benz Superdome||Recap|
The Panthers started the season at 0-1 picking up their 4th straight regular season opening loss. Also, the team dropped to 0-11 in games where starting QB Cam Newton turns the ball over as he was picked off twice.
With the win, the Panthers improved to 1-1, snapping their 4-game losing streak against the Saints. Also, the team improved to 1-11 in games where Newton has at least 1 turnover.
With the huge loss on Thursday Night Football, the Panthers fell to 1-2. The team also dropped to 1-12 in games where Cam Newton has at least 1 turnover.
With their 5th straight loss to the Falcons, the Panthers fell to 1-3. Also for the first time ever the team also loses a game after Newton doesn't have a turnover as that record fell to 6-1.
With the loss, the Panthers head into their bye week at 1-4. Also, the team dropped to 1-13 in games where Newton has a least a turnover.
With the loss, the Panthers fell to 1-5 and also to 1-14 in games where Newton turns the ball over.
With the surprising loss, the Panthers dropped to 1-6. Also, the team moves to 1-15 in games where Newton has a turnover.
With the win, the Panthers improved to 2-6. The team also improves to 7-1 in games where Newton does not turn the ball over.
With the loss, the Panthers fell to 2-7. The team also drops to 1-16 in games where Newton has a turnover.
With the loss, the Panthers fell to 2-8. Also, QB Cam Newton suffered being swept by all 3 division rival teams as the team dropped to 7-2 in games where he does not have a turnover.
With the win the Panthers improved to 3-8 and also 8-2 in games where Newton does not have a turnover.
With the loss, the Panthers dropped to 3-9 securing them their 3rd straight losing season and also the team dropped in records to 0-2 against the AFC West and then to a record of 8-3 when Newton does not turn the ball over.
With the surprising win, the Panthers improved to 4-9 and snapped their 5-game losing streak to the Falcons. Also, the team improved to 9-3 in games where Newton does not have a turnover.
With the win, the Panthers improved to 5-9 and 10-3 when Newton does not have a turnover. It also leaves the Panthers 1-2 against the AFC West.
With the win, the Panthers improved to 6-9 and 2-16 when Newton turns the ball over at least once. Also, the team finished the season 2-2 against the AFC West.
With the win the Panthers finished 7-9 and good enough for 2nd place in the NFC South, sweeping the Saints for the first time since 2008. Also, the team improved to 3-16 in games when Newton has a turnover. Also, Newton was one touchdown shy of being a 4th QB to have at least 20 passing touchdowns in his first 2 seasons as his total record of passing touchdowns stood at 19 while his rushing touchdowns stood at 8 leaving him with a failed improvement finishing with 27 total touchdowns.
|New Orleans Saints||7||9||0||.438||3-3||5-7||461||454||L1|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||7||9||0||.438||3-3||4-8||389||394||W1|
Brandon Beane, the team's director of football operations, will handle day-to-day football matters until a new GM is hired, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.d