The 2001 Carolina Panthers season was the seventh season for the team in the National Football League. They tried to improve upon their 7–9 record in 2000, and make it to the playoffs for the second time in franchise history; however, the season was a wreck. Not only were the Panthers unable to improve over their previous season, but they deteriorated even further to 1–15, winning only their opener. The Panthers thus beat the record shared by the 1976 Buccaneers, the 1980 Saints, the 1981 Colts and the 1990 Patriots for most consecutive losses during a single season in NFL history.
This has since been broken by the winless 2008 Detroit Lions. The only other teams in NFL history to win their opener and lose the remainder of their games are the 1936 Philadelphia Eagles and the 1969 Pittsburgh Steelers. The Panthers are the only team to accomplish this since the NFL went to a 16 game schedule in 1978.
Following the dreadful season, head coach George Seifert was fired and replaced by John Fox. By the end of the season, the Panthers had become so incapacitated that only about 16,000 fans showed up to see them play in their finale against the New England Patriots, who went on to win Super Bowl XXXVI.
The 2001 Panthers became the 7th team to finish 1–15 after the San Diego Chargers in 2000.