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11 classic Panthers games to stream on NFL Game Pass

Carolina Panthers
28 Mar 2020, 04:44 GMT+10

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, a large part of the world has come screeching to a halt, including the sports world. With leagues suspending play, there no live sports to watch.

To help fill that void, the NFL last week announced it would be giving free access to its NFL Game Pass streaming service to all fans through the end of May. The service includes full broadcast replays of every NFL game dating back to the 2009 season in commercial-free high definition, plus condensed 45-minute highlights and access to NFL Films productions like "Hard Knocks" and "A Football Life."

To help fill that void, the NFL has opened up access to its NFL Game Pass streaming service to all fans through the end of May. The service includes full broadcast replays of every NFL game dating back to the 2009 season in commercial-free high definition, plus condensed 45-minute highlights and access to NFL Films productions like "Hard Knocks" and "A Football Life."

So instead of binging another show on Netflix, why not relive some of the best moments in Panthers history? Here are 11 good re-watches:S

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2011: WEEK 3 VS. JACKSONVILLE

2011 marked a period of transition for Carolina, with new head coach Ron Rivera and rookie quarterback Cam Newton taking the reins. Entering Week 3, 0-2 Panthers were looking to jumpstart the new team. What started as a sunny afternoon at Bank of America Stadium quickly turned into an all-out monsoon by the second quarter before Carolina mounted a fourth-quarter comeback to mark the first win of the new era.

2013: WEEK 11 VS. NEW ENGLAND ON MONDAY NIGHT

The Patriots had already been the class of the league for more than a decade, making this Monday Night Football victory that much sweeter. After a back and forth game, Newton orchestrated some late-game heroics when he hit wide receiver, Ted Ginn Jr., for the go-ahead touchdown with under a minute to go. But the game wasn't over yet. After Tom Brady drove the Patriots down the field, things finally came to a controversial end after referees picked up a flag that was originally thrown for pass interference on linebacker Luke Kuechly.

But most of all, this game will always be remembered for wide receiver Steve Smith's iconic post-game message for Patriots' cornerback Aqib Talib: "Ice up, son."

2013: WEEK 16 VS. NEW ORLEANS

After three straight defensive stops in the fourth quarter, Newton and Co. drove the Panthers 65 yards in 32 seconds, capping the game-winning drive with a 14-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Domenik Hixon. Not only did the Hixon touchdown win the game for Carolina, but it gave the Panthers the first of three straight NFC South titles. Of course, the game-winner wouldn't have been possible if not for a monstrous performance by Kuechly, who recorded a career-high 24 tackles.

2014: WEEK 14 AT NEW ORLEANS

Another year, another iconic matchup with the Saints. The Panthers were struggling after two months without a win, until everything changed in New Orleans. Carolina's offense exploded, putting up 41 points in the victory thanks to Newton's 226 yards and three touchdowns through the air, plus another touchdown and 155 yards on the ground from running back Jonathan Stewart. The victory started the Panthers on a four-game win streak that would end in another NFC South championship with a 7-8-1 record.

2014: WEEK 17 AT ATLANTA

Let's face it... the NFC South was struggling in 2014. The Panthers entered Week 17 at 6-8-1, while the Falcons boasted a 6-9 record, and somehow, these two teams were squaring off for the division crown. But don't let the record fool you - Carolina came to play. The defense dominated in a 34-3 blowout that featured two interceptions returned for touchdowns, including safety Tre Boston's 84-yard pick six. The beat down capped the Panthers miraculous late-season turnaround that propelled the team to a Wild Card playoff victory.

2015: WEEK 6 VS. SEATTLE

Heading into Week 6, the Panthers were riding high with an undefeated 4-0 record, but Carolina was set to face off with its unofficial nemesis. Over the previous three seasons, the Panthers and Seahawks had developed a bitter rivalry thanks to a number of close games. But up until 2015, the Seahawks had dominated the series, winning each of the last five matchups. But then Newton hit Olsen for a touchdown with 36 seconds left to flip the script. Carolina would go on to beat Seattle again that season in the NFC Divisional round.

2015: WEEK 12 AT DALLAS ON THANKSGIVING

Speaking of the magical 2015 season... The turkey and gravy were flowing during the Panthers first-ever Thanksgiving Day game, and the interceptions were, too. Kuechly intercepted two of Tony Romo's passes, returning one for a touchdown, and safety Kurt Coleman added his own pick six to keep the undefeated campaign rolling at 11-0.

2015: NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME VS. ARIZONA

It was the biggest game in Bank of America Stadium history - the first time the Panthers ever hosted the NFC Championship game - and the Panthers could do no wrong. Whether it was Cam Newton's 86-yard touchdown strike to Corey Brown, one of the defense's four interceptions, or Ginn zig-zagging across the field on his way to the end zone, there was no shortage of excitement in the Panthers' emphatic 49-15 victory that clinched the franchise's second Super Bowl trip.

2017: WEEK 4 AT NEW ENGLAND

After years of memorable matchups, the Panthers know better than to ever count out Tom Brady. A competitive first half had things looking even at the half, until Carolina pulled ahead with a 14-point lead with under nine minutes left in the game. Then, Brady did what he does best, and brought the Patriots back to tie things up. With three minutes left on the clock, Newton and the offense methodically marched downfield to set up a 48-yard Graham Gano game-winner as time expired.

2018: WEEK 5 VS. NEW YORK GIANTS

You can't talk Gano game-winners without mentioning the Gano game-winner. The Giants mounted a late comeback and took a 31-30 lead with just over a minute left, but the Panthers responded by positioning themselves on the fringe of Gano's range. It all came down to the kicker's right leg and a 63-yard prayer. What's more iconic than Gano's career-long make, though, came from the Panthers' Spanish radio broadcast. Enjoy.

2018: WEEK 7 AT PHILADELPHIA

Before the 2018 season went south, there were a few happy memories, and this massive comeback was one of them. The Eagles held a 17-0 lead all the way into the fourth quarter, before Newton and the Panthers finally got in gear. In the final quarter, Carolina put up 21-unanswered points to storm back and give Newton his 15th career fourth-quarter comeback.

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