VIDEO: Remembering the First Touchdown in Panthers Franchise History

Jason Schandl
Remembering when Frank Reich threw the first touchdown in Carolina Panthers history.
Remembering when Frank Reich threw the first touchdown in Carolina Panthers history. / Julian H. Gonzalez/Getty Images
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The Carolina Panthers are still one of the youngest franchises in the NFL, coming into existence for the 1995 season. They've had plenty of both highs and lows since then, but the way things started at the beginning of that 1995 season was pretty impressive.

Here's a look at the first touchdown in Panthers history.

In the first play in the above video, we see quarterback Frank Reich hit tight end Pete Metzelaars with a perfect pass in the corner of the end zone. This wasn't only the Panthers' first game as a franchise, but also their first offensive drive.

The rest of the season wasn't quite so exciting, as they finished 7-9. That did include a 7-6 finish after benching Reich during their Week 4 bye week, however, and they carried that momentum to 1996, when they made their first playoff appearance.

Panthers fans could be in for another down year in 2020 as they head for a rebuild, but the future is bright in Carolina.



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