CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The Carolina Panthers have announced they have given head coach Ron Rivera a three-year contract extension through the 2017 season.
Financial details were not immediately available.
Rivera started the season on the hot seat after a 1-3 start, but the Panthers rebounded to win 11 of their final 12 regular season games to capture the NFC South championship and a first-round bye in the playoffs.
Carolina lost in the divisional playoffs to the San Francisco 49ers.
Panthers owner Jerry Richardson said in a statement Tuesday ''the improvement of our team has been reflected in the progress of the record over the last three seasons under Ron and we look forward to building upon that foundation.''
Rivera is 25-23 in three seasons as the Panthers head coach.