Carolina Panthers: What’s gone wrong for this team so far?
By Russell S. Baxter
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Making back-to-back Super Bowl appearances isn’t easy. And the Carolina Panthers have dug themselves an early hole. What’s happened to Ron Rivera’s team?
It’s a pretty amazing piece of information when you think about it. Of course, it’s probably the last thing on the mind of the Carolina Panthers at this moment. The last time a team lost the Super Bowl then came back the following season to claim the Lombardi Trophy was more than 40 years ago.
That would be the perfect Miami Dolphins of 1972, led by Hall of Fame head coach Don Shula. That club posted a 14-7 win in Super Bowl VII, culminating a 17-0 season, one year after losing to the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl VI (24-3).