Patriots vs. Panthers: Carolina's Monday Night Football history

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Monday night will be the 11th occasion the team has played in football's premiere weekly event. How has this team fared in the past?

Carolina struggling on national television has become a well-worn team truth. Ron Rivera's squad tended to shrink into the shadows when the lights got the brightest, but recently the Panthers have learned how to win -- even if it means playing ugly. Now we look back at those prior 10 games on Monday Night Football to see where they've gone right and wrong.

The Panthers hold a 6-4 total record on Monday Night Football, with a 1-1 record in the last three years. Carolina last won in 2012, when Cam Newton threw for 306 yards and two touchdowns in a 30-22 win over the hapless Philadelphia Eagles.

New England carry a 7-2 record into Charlotte, which represents the second-toughest incoming schedule the Panthers have faced on a Monday night game. The best team the Panthers have seen was the 1997 San Francisco 49ers, who were 9-1 when the sides met. Carolina lost 34-21 as Garrison Hearst ran for 141 yards and a touchdown.

Despite losing four times on MNF the Panthers have never been embarrassed. The team's worst loss game in 2009, losing to the Dallas Cowboys 21-7 when a Jake Delhomme interception was returned by Terrence Newman for a touchdown.

Tonight's game represents the first time Carolina has played an AFC team on Monday Night Football. Despite playing ten total games there hasn't been much variety.

Opponent Times Faced Years
Green Bay Packers 3 2000, 2004, 2005
Dallas Cowboys 2 1997, 2009
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2 2006, 2008
Philadelphia Eagles 2 2006, 2012
San Francisco 49ers 1 1997

The most memorable team win on Monday Night Football came in 2008. It was the GIF-inducing, run game slug-fest that saw DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart dominate the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The two players ran for a combined 301 yards and four touchdowns. It was the epitome of ground and pound football, and a true pleasure.

Which way will tonight's game go? That's unclear. One thing that is apparent is that the Panthers tend to play Monday night games close. It will be a fascinating matchup and could be the game of the year.

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