The Super Bowl is right around the corner and everyone is wondering if snow will impact the outdoor game. Carolina sadly wont be involved, but it affords us an opportunity to look back at the worst weather games in Panthers history.
"The rain game": Sept. 25, 2011 - Panthers vs. Jaguars
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How could we ever forget "The rain game"? It has become the white whale of Panthers games, a contest several-thousand actually attended yet three quarters of the fanbase claims they saw it live.
It was the weirdest, sloppiest, stupidest game of football -- so bad that I tend to omit it when trying to look at career stats and trends. Yes, it was an NFL game that took place, but nobody on the field could actually play the game of football effectively. Linemen were sliding as if on skates, quarterbacks were ineffective. It was a mess, and it was beautiful.
The Panthers won 16-10, and the teams combined for over 500 yards of offense, somehow.
"Beyond cold NFC Championship": Jan. 12, 1997 - Panthers vs. Packers
Photo via Jeff Hanisch - USA TODAY Sports
It's time to go in the way back machine (well, not too far back) and remember the magic run in the Panthers second season that ended in the brutal cold of Lambeau.
There wasn't any snow, but it was cold and clear -- emphasis on cold. Temperatures hovered at 3 degrees, while winds whipped through Lambeau making it feel like -16.
Carolina jumped out to an early lead, but it was all Green Bay from there, finally winning 30-13 on the back of over 200 all-purpose yards from running back Dorsey Levens.
"Rain game two": Dec. 22, 2013: Panthers vs. Saints
It was the baby brother of the rain game, but for one half of football it was equally ugly. The funny thing about the second monsoon at The Bank was that it became something the Panthers wanted, and looked forward to. It helped ground a high-flying Saints offense and was a big reason for the win.
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