Did you know this?
1) The Panthers are 6-3 all-time in the NFL playoffs, and that is actually tied for the BEST winning record by percentage among all current NFL teams at .667. Each time the Panthers have made the playoffs previously they have always won at least 1 game and advanced to at least the NFC championship game.
Carolina did hold the best-percentage mark alone until Baltimore (now also 6-3, but with a Super Bowl win in its history that the Panthers don't have) won a playoff game last week at Miami to tie Carolina. It's interesting to note that in the last dozen years, the Panthers have won six playoff games and the Dallas Cowboys have won zero.
2) Bill Rosinski, the former Panther announcer, will be back in the Bank of America pressbox Saturday night working the Arizona-Carolina game on the national radio broadcast for Westwood One. Rosinski has had that Westwood One NFL job for a long time now and always does a fine call -- he's well-deserving of what is a very high-profile gig.
3. In Wednesday's Charlotte Observer, I've made a list of the 10 Carolina Panther plays that have shaped this 12-4 season, counting them down from 10 to 1. I enlisted the help of Jake Delhomme, DeAngelo Williams and Jon Beason to help with suggestions for the list, but ultimately made the cuts myself, so you can blame me for ranking your own favorites too low (they all agreed on what the No.1 play was, incidentally). If you've got any suggestions for changes, feel free to post them below.
I will tell you that several plays nearly made my 10 but didn't: Chris Harris's key fumble caused against Chicago was one of them and Jonathan Stewart's tone-setting first rush TD in the Monday Night Tampa game was another.
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