CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Panthers return to the bayou on Sunday where their current franchise-record 15-game regular season win streak began last December.
They do so as a more confident bunch, an undefeated 11-0 team looking to clinch its third straight NFC South championship with a win over the New Orleans Saints. A team with a swagger, eager to take another step toward securing home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.
It wasn't that way on Dec. 2, 2014.
The Panthers arrived at the Superdome that day with a 3-8-1 record and not having won a football game in more than two months.
Few could have predicted what would happen next.
The Panthers scored on the game's opening drive and rolled to a 41-10 victory over the Saints behind three touchdown passes from Cam Newton. For the Panthers, all of the struggles from previous weeks culminated in one near-perfect all-around performance.
Carolina hasn't lost a regular season game since, their only hiccup being an NFC divisional playoff loss at Seattle.