CHARLOTTE -- The Carolina Panthers are playing for a milestone today -- one that's taken them longer than they'd like.
Their next win will be the 100th regular-season victory in franchise history. Their current record is 99-112 (.469), and they had a chance to get it on the road last week before losing to Minnesota. Today's game against Atlanta is their 212th all-time in 14 seasons.
Their pace is well off their expansion cousins' in Jacksonville. The Jaguars are 114-97 all-time in the regular season (.540), and picked up their 100th win on Nov. 20, 2006, at which point they were 100-94.
Of course, the Panthers can take solace in the fact they're years ahead of the Falcons.
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It took Atlanta 18-plus years to get there, though the Falcons played their first decade in 14-game regular seasons.
The Falcons reached the century mark on Nov. 30, 1983, when coach Dan Henning's crew beat New England in the franchise's 246th game.
Atlanta's 256-378-6 in 43 years (.400).