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Panthers are 3-0 for first time in six years; why perfect start typically leads to Super Bowl appearance
Sep 23, 2021 | MSN
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The Carolina Panthers are off to a 3-0 start, the fifth time in franchise history the team has won their first three games of the year. Starting 3-0 has been an excellent omen for Carolina, as the franchise has made deep playoff runs in 75 percent of their perfect starts. 

Carolina last started 3-0 in 2015, using that momentum en route to a 15-1 record and an appearance in Super Bowl 50. The Panthers also started 3-0 in 2003, riding that to an NFC South title and an appearance in Super Bowl XXXVIII. The last two times Carolina started 3-0, the Panthers reached the Super Bowl -- an excellent sign for how this season could turn out. 

The Panthers have played for 27 seasons and have started 3-0 four times. Three of those seasons Carolina has made the NFC Championship Game (1996, 2003, 2015) -- and the other year the Panthers finished 7-9 (2002). Carolina has finished with a top 10 defense in points and yards allowed in each of those seasons the Panthers reached the NFC Championship Game after a 3-0 start -- another good sign for 2021. 

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