How the Panthers make the playoffs

Key improvements Carolina must make to gain postseason berth

Updated: July 31, 2013, 11:51 AM ET
By Vince Verhei | Football Outsiders

PanthersElsa/Getty ImagesCam Newton must improve his passing numbers for the Panthers to have a chance at the playoffs.

Do you remember the last time the Carolina Panthers made the playoffs? It was the 2008 season, and the Panthers went 12-4 and won the NFC South. Then they went out and lost at home to the Cardinals, 33-13, in Jake Delhomme's notorious five-interception performance. That game seemed to cast a hex on the franchise, which hasn't had a winning record since.