The choices are many. So let's reach into the bag of defining moments in the Carolina Panther's season. A Friday morning in early January is as good a time as any to start if you want to understand why the Panthers faced the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVIII. With a coach who drilled them on composure and players who emerged as key leaders, the Panthers refused to give up and overcame the odds time after time. This moment, although, gave them a dramatic reason for victory and tied the season together. The Carolina Panthers come off the practice field. They will play the Dallas Cowboys the next day in the franchise's first playoff game since after the 1996 season.