Panthers extend Rivera's contract

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During a period of uncertainty in Carolina, the Panthers have made things a little more certain.

The Carolina Panthers have given coach Ron Rivera a 2-year contract extension, according to ESPN, citing a team official. The Panthers will take on the New Orleans Saints on Sunday for the right to continue competing in the playoffs. It's another reward for Rivera, whose team is back in the playoffs.

Carolina are 64-47-1 under Rivera and progressed to Super Bowl 50 at the end of the 2015 season, when they lost to the Denver Broncos.

On the field, the Panthers have been fairly consistent outside of a disappointing 6-10 season a year ago. They are making their fourth playoff appearance in Rivera's seven years at the helm.

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His previous contract ran through the 2018 season. The announcement came after Sports Illustrated reported that Richardson, the club's original owner, had paid numerous settlements to former team employees for "inappropriate workplace comments and conduct. including sexually suggestive language and behavior, and on at least one occasion directing a racial slur at an African-American Panthers scout". Carolina is ranked seventh in defense this season. The Panthers set a franchise record by going 20 consecutive games without allowing a 100-yard individual rusher, the longest active streak in the league.

Carolina finished the 2017 season with a 11-5 record, good for a wild-card berth.

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

Rivera played nine seasons with the Chicago Bears primarily as an outside linebacker.

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