Carolina Panthers: 5 Most Exciting Moments of the 2011 Season

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Carolina Panthers: 5 Most Exciting Moments of the 2011 Season
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Cam Newton (1) etched his name in the NFL's record books with a scintilating rookie season.

With the NFL's championship weekend approaching, the dust has finally settled on the Carolina Panthers' (6-10) 2011 campaign.

The Panthers had a season to remember as much for their 4-1 stretch late in the season as for the handful of close games they could have won.

They also led the league in big plays of 25-plus yards and broke a slew of NFL records, mostly by pending Rookie of the Year Cam Newton,

Newton, who set the NFL's rookie passing record with 4,051 yards, had arguably the greatest single season by a first-year quarterback in NFL history.

The Panthers gave Carolina fans the most exciting brand of football they have witnessed since Kevin Greene and Julius Peppers terrorized opposing quarterbacks, Muhsin Muhammad and Steve Smith terrorized opposing defensive backfields together and Jake Delhomme was a viable starting quarterback.

And did I mention all the records?

So, what were the five most exciting moments of the Panthers' 2011 season?

Click on the next slide to find out.

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