The Carolina Panthers entered the season amid high expectations only to falter out the gate. Despite a strong finish, they found themselves missing out on the playoffs yet again.
However, not all was lost. The Panthers had great moments. Unfortunately, there were not enough of them, leaving the front office to figure out how they could get better.
The season was a loser overall, not only because of another sub-.500 finish but also because the high level of preseason expectations were reduced to dust by the time Thanksgiving arrived.
It was frustrating for Panthers' fans. The team's strongest unit at the start of the year became a liability. Cam Newton struggled, then played like an MVP. The running backs dreadfully underperformed, and the coaching staff was subjected to a mix of scrutiny and late praise.
This slideshow will highlight the best and worst of the 2012 season. Here are the Carolina Panthers' winners and losers of the past year.