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Preseason opponents set


CHARLOTTE – The Panthers will welcome a pair of familiar foes to Bank of America Stadium this preseason and will visit a couple of relatively unfamiliar ones.

Carolina will open the preseason at home Aug. 13 against the New York Giants and close it at home Sept. 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers – the two most common preseason opponents in franchise history.

In between, the Panthers will take on the Miami Dolphins for just the third time in the preseason before traveling to Cincinnati for their first-ever preseason meeting with the Bengals.

1 vs. NEW YORK GIANTS Bank of America Stadium Panthers TV
2 at Miami Dolphins Sun Life Stadium Panthers TV
3 at Cincinnati Bengals Paul Brown Stadium Panthers TV
4 vs. PITTSBURGH STEELERS Bank of America Stadium Panthers TV

The Steelers and Panthers are perennial preseason partners. This will mark their 13th meeting in Carolina's 17 preseasons and will be the ninth consecutive time they've ended the preseason against each other.

The only preseasons they haven't played are 1995, 1996, 2001 and 2002. Pittsburgh leads the preseason series 8-4, including four consecutive victories.

The Steelers are the lone team on the Panthers' preseason slate that made the playoffs last season, the first time Carolina hasn't faced multiple playoff teams in the preseason since 2005. Pittsburgh advanced to the Super Bowl before falling to the Green Bay Packers.

The Panthers previously have faced the Giants seven times in the preseason, a series that Carolina leads 5-2. The Panthers also have met expansion brethren Jacksonville seven times in the preseason.

Carolina and Miami previously crossed paths in the preseason in 2006 and 2009, splitting their games, while Cincinnati will become the 21st different team that the Panthers have faced in the preseason.

Of the other 10 teams yet to face Carolina in the preseason, four have been among the Panthers' division foes at one time or the other (Atlanta, New Orleans, Tampa Bay and St. Louis), and division rivals don't often meet in the preseason. Cross country trips also are rare in the preseason, explaining the absence of Arizona, Oakland, San Diego and Seattle from the schedule. That leaves Detroit and Houston, which didn't debut in the NFL until 2002.

The Panthers are 30-35 in the preseason, with just one victory in their last nine games. Carolina finished at least .500 in the preseason in each of its four playoff seasons.

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