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How the Panthers make the playoffs

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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.