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Carolina Panthers 2003-04 Playoff Team

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Regular Season Record:

11-5

All-Time Playoff Record: 4-2

Previous Playoff Results:
• Feb. 1, 2004 - Super Bowl XXXVIII - New England 32, Carolina 29
• Jan. 18, 2004 - NFC Championship - Carolina 14, Philadelphia 3
• Jan. 10, 2004 - NFC Divisional - Carolina 29, St. Louis 23 OT
• Jan. 3, 2004 - Carolina 29, Dallas 10
• Jan. 5, 1997 - NFC Divisional - Carolina 26, Dallas 17
• Jan. 12, 1997 - NFC Championship - Green Bay 30, Carolina 13

Best Offensive Player:

Stephen Davis

Pivotal Offensive Player:

Jake Delhomme
He's not the type of QB that's going to carry a team to victory, so Delhomme must play mistake-free football and consistently convert on third downs. During the regular season, he threw 19 touchdown passes, but was picked off 16 times. During the playoffs, he must avoid the turnover.

Best Defensive Player:

DT Kris Jenkins

Pivotal Defensive Player:

DE Julius Peppers
Peppers has regressed a bit this season, and he needs to step it up in the playoffs. If he can consistently get in the quarterbacks face, he'll take a lot of pressure off the secondary.

Strengths:

The Panthers have one of the best defenses in the league, which is complemented by the ground game of running back Stephen Davis. Look out if the Panthers get on top, because they can grind down the clock with their ball-control offense and stingy defense. Their special teams are among the best in the league as well.

Weaknesses:

Delhomme has shown the ability to come from behind this season, but he's not the type of QB that's likely to come out on top in a shootout. He must keep the turnovers at a minimum in the post-season. Also, the production of Davis has been down over the second half of the season, which could add more pressure to the passing game.

Overview:

The Panthers have a solid defense and ball-control offense that could take them deep into the playoffs, but they must play mistake free on the offensive side of the ball. Davis must make defenses respect the running game, and the special teams need to start making plays again.

On the defensive side of the ball, they must get after the QB to protect the secondary. The defensive backs are adequate, but could struggle if they don't get the ball out of the quarterback's hands as soon as possible.

Carolina Panthers Roster:


Offense
17 Jake Delhomme, QB
9 Rodney Peete, QB
16 Chris Weinke, QB
48 Stephen Davis, RB
20 DeShaun Foster, RB
37 Nick Goings, RB
45 Brad Hoover, RB
32 Rod Smart, RB
80 Eugene Baker, WR
85 Kevin Dyson, WR
88 Karl Hankton, WR
87 Muhsin Muhammad, WR
81 Ricky Proehl, WR
89 Steve Smith, WR
47 Marco Battaglia, TE
86 Kris Mangum, TE
84 Jermaine Wiggins, TE
60 Jeff Mitchell, C
69 Jordan Gross, OT
75 Todd Steussie, OT
71 Matt Willig, OT
79 Doug Brzezinski, OG
65 Kevin Donnalley, OG
78 Jeno James, OG
72 Bruce Nelson, OG
76 Tutan Reyes, OG

Defense
90 Julius Peppers, DE
97 Kemp Rasmussen, DE
93 Mike Rucker, DE
96 Al Wallace, DE
99 Brentson Buckner, DT
98 Shane Burton, DT
77 Kris Jenkins, DT
94 Kindal Moorehead, DT
52 Brian Allen, LB
50 Vinny Ciurciu, LB
53 Greg Favors, LB
56 Jason Kyle, LB
55 Dan Morgan, LB
57 Lester Towns, LB
54 Will Witherspoon, LB
21 Terry Cousin, CB
31 William Hampton, CB
23 Reggie Howard, CB
24 Ricky Manning Jr., CB
29 Dante Wesley, CB
28 Colin Branch, S
40 Jarrod Cooper, S
27 Deon Grant, S
30 Mike Minter, S
42 Travares Tillman, S

Kicker/Punter
4 John Kasay, K
10 Todd Sauerbrun, P

Coaching Staff
John Fox – Head Coach
Dan Henning – Offensive Coordinator
Mike Trgovac – Defensive Coordinator

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