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Panthers coach signs extension on eve of wild card game

Panthers coach signs extension on eve of wild card game

The Carolina Panthers signed head coach Ron Rivera to a two-year extension, the National Football League team said Saturday. Following the shocking announcement to sell by owner Jerry Richardson, due to a pending investigation into workplace misconduct, the extension adds a bit of stability for the team and locker room through an upcoming transition. Financial terms were not released.

Rivera's Panthers have a 64-47-1 (.576 winning percentage) regular season record.

Brought to Carolina for his defensive expertise, Rivera helped the Panthers put together four consecutive top 10 finishes in yards allowed from 2012-15, joining Seattle as the only teams to accomplish the feat, and guided the Panthers to a seventh-place finish this season. He has twice been named The Associated Press NFL Coach of the Year.

"What's decided, we'll see", Rivera said earlier this week when asked about a possible extension. "We've done some really good things and we have an opportunity to do more". Relegated to a wild card berth by virtue of a season finale loss to Atlanta, the Panthers will face divisional victor and rival, New Orleans on the road. But he led them to an 11-5 record in 2017, and they've made the playoffs four times in the past five years.

And Rivera has earned more time at the helm.

The Panthers finished an NFL-best 15-1 during the 2015 regular season, with Cam Newton winning MVP honors. Rivera already has 67 wins and with a road game in New Orleans will pass Fox with his fourth playoff appearance.

"This is a tremendous place with tremendous support from ownership and the people that work in the organization", Rivera said.

The Panthers have developed plenty of stars under Rivera. The Chicago Bears, for whom Rivera both played and coached, are among the teams searching.

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