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Panthers Schedule Includes Rare Opener At Home

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A home opener and two nationally televised games highlight the 2013 Carolina Panthers regular season schedule announced Thursday by the National Football League.


The Panthers host Seattle to start the season at home for the first time since 2009 when they opened in Bank of America Stadium against the Philadelphia Eagles. It will be only the second time Carolina has opened at home in the last seven seasons. The last two years, the Panthers have opened at Arizona and Tampa Bay under head coach Ron Rivera.


Carolina will play on national television twice with the first contest at Tampa Bay on the NFL Network on Thursday, October 24 and the second on ESPN Monday Night Football on November 18 against New England. It will be the Panthers first Monday Night Contest from Bank of America Stadium since hosting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in December of the 2008 season.


"We are excited to see the 2013 schedule and look forward to opening at home after being on the road to open the season the last two years," says head coach Ron Rivera. "We knew when we saw the opponents at the end of the year, it would be a difficult schedule, but it is a challenge that has our coaches and players excited."


For the second time in the three seasons Rivera has been at the helm for the Panthers, Carolina will play the most difficult schedule in the NFL based on winning percentage of opponents last year. Six games are against playoff teams from last year with home games versus Seattle, Atlanta, and New England and away contests at Minnesota, San Francisco, and Atlanta.


Also for the second year in a row, the bye will come early for Carolina. Last year it was in mid-October after five games and this season comes September 29 after three games.







Friday             Aug 9               CHICAGO BEARS                                                  8:00 pm    Panthers TV

Thursday       Aug 15             @ Philadelphia Eagles                                           7:00 pm    Panthers TV

Thursday       Aug 22             @ Baltimore Ravens                                              8:00 pm    ESPN

Thursday       Aug 29             PITTSBURGH STEELERS                                    7:30 pm    Panthers TV





Sunday           Sept 8              SEATTLE SEAHAWKS                                         1:00 pm    FOX

Sunday           Sept 15            @ Buffalo Bills                                                        1:00 pm    FOX

Sunday           Sept 22            NEW YORK GIANTS                                              1:00 pm    FOX

Sunday           Sept 29            BYE WEEK                                                             


Sunday           Oct 6                @ Arizona Cardinals                                              4:05 pm    FOX

Sunday           Oct 13              @ Minnesota Vikings                                             1:00 pm    FOX

Sunday           Oct 20              ST. LOUIS RAMS                                                   1:00 pm    FOX

Thursday       Oct 24              @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers                                    8:25 pm    NFLN


Sunday           Nov 3               ATLANTA FALCONS                                            1:00 pm    FOX

Sunday           Nov 10             @ San Francisco 49ers                                          4:05 pm    FOX

Monday          Nov 18             NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS                                 8:40 pm    ESPN

Sunday           Nov 24             @ Miami Dolphins                                                  1:00*pm    FOX


Sunday           Dec 1               TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS                               1:00*pm    FOX

Sunday           Dec 8               @ New Orleans Saints                                           1:00*pm    FOX

Sunday           Dec 15             NEW YORK JETS                                                   4:05*pm    CBS

Sunday           Dec 22             NEW ORLEANS SAINTS                                       1:00*pm    FOX

Sunday           Dec 29            @ Atlanta Falcons                                                  1:00*pm    FOX



ALL TIMES ARE EASTERN STANDARD TIME                                                CAPS = HOME GAMES       




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