How the Panthers make the playoffs

Cam Newton must improve his passing numbers for the Panthers to have a chance at the playoffs. Elsa/Getty Images

Do you remember the last time the Carolina Panthers made the playoffs? It was the 2008 season, and the Panthers went 12-4 and won the NFC South. Then they went out and lost at home to the Cardinals, 33-13, in Jake Delhomme's notorious five-interception performance. That game seemed to cast a hex on the franchise, which hasn't had a winning record since.