The Panthers have never developed a home field advantage. Visiting teams have never said, "The toughest place in the league to play is Charlotte so please, for the love of all that is good, don't make us play there."
The Panthers finish 8-0. They are the only team in the NFC that has to play its final two games on the road and one of only two, Miami is the other, in the league.
Let's look back on the perfect home season.
They home opener was against Chicago Sept. 14. They trailed 17-3 in the third quarter and did not look at all like the team that had beaten San Diego on the road in its opener. Rookie Jonathan Stewart rushed for 77 yards, 76 in the second half, and scored the winning touchdown with 3:52 remaining to lead Charlotte to a 20-17 victory.
On Sept. 28 the Panthers lead Atlanta 14-9 at the half. Jake Delhomme complete 20 of 29 passes and the Panthers dominated the second half and won 24-9.
On Oct. 5 the Panthers beat Kansas City 34-0. They had two sacks and two interceptions and they also had a 100-yard rusher. DeAngelo Williams rushed for 123 yards and scored three touchdowns.
On Oct. 19 the Panthers beat New Orleans 30-7. Julius Peppers forced a fumble, had a sack and deflected a pass. Steve Smith caught six passes for 122 yards and a touchdown.
On Oct. 26 the Panthers beat Arizona 27-23. They were down, as they were to Chicago, 17-3 in the third quarter. Delhomme hit seven of eight passes in the second half, Smith caught five passes for 117 yards and two touchdowns and Charles Johnson had two sacks.
On Nov. 16 the Panthers beat Detroit 31-22. The Panthers were unable to shake off the lowly Lions until the fourth quarter. They set a team record with 264 rushing yards. Stewart had 130 and Williams had 120.
On Dec. 8, on Monday Night Football, the Panthers hammered Tampa Bay 38-23. They broke the record they set against Detroit by rushing for 299 yards. The offensive line was dominant and Smith had nine catches.
They played their final regular-season home game Sunday and beat Denver 30-10. Denver, last in the AFC in turnover margin, lost the ball twice, the Panthers once. Carolina made all the big plays. As talented as Denver's offense is, it seemed as if the Broncos spent their Sunday running uphill. Smith caught nine passes for 165 yards and a touchdown, and Williams rushed for 88, picking up 56 on one stunning touchdown run.