Fresh off their first victory in more than two months, the Carolina Panthers are mailing playoff ticket information this week, as mandated by the NFL.
In an email sent Thursday, the Panthers notified their season ticket holders they can reserve tickets through a “Pay as we Play” option, which doesn’t require any up-front payments.
Fans are required to fill out their playoff ticket requests before Dec. 26, but would not be charged unless and until the Panthers win the NFC South, a division that will not have a team with a winning record.
The Panthers (4-8-1) trail Atlanta (5-8) and New Orleans (5-8) by a half-game in the division, with three games remaining.
The Panthers are trying to make it to the playoffs in back-to-back years for the first time in their 20-year history.
“Hopefully, it’s a wonderful option for people. We’re not asking them to do anything. It’s a very effective way we feel that rewards our fans,” Panthers chief revenue officer Phil Youtsey said Thursday. “If we have a playoff game, they’ll get charged. If we don’t, they don’t.”
The Panthers hammered the Saints 41-10 last weekend, snapping a seven-game winless streak that dated to Oct. 5. They face Tampa Bay (2-11) on Sunday at Bank of America Stadium, where the Panthers are 2-4 this season.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera twice this week has called on the fans to bring energy to the stadium Sunday.
“I’d love for us to get in that situation, get on that roll and see how things come the last couple of weeks. I’d love to have that feeling that we created last year with the success, and having the fans come in and be a big part of it,” Rivera said. “We appreciate them coming out and supporting us in tough times. This has been a tough year. We know that. I get that. But we do appreciate them coming out.”
“We’re a half-game out of first place. We have to go,” Youtsey added. “If things fall right, you never know.”