ARIZONA (11-5) at CAROLINA (7-8-1)
Sunday, 4:35 p.m. ET, ESPN
OPENING LINE – Panthers by 4 1-2
RECORD VS. SPREAD – Arizona 11-5, Carolina 8-8
SERIES RECORD – Panthers lead 8-5
LAST MEETING – Cardinals beat Panthers 22-6 on Oct. 6, 2013
LAST WEEK – Cardinals lost to 49ers 20-17; Panthers beat Falcons 34-3
AP PRO32 RANKING – Cardinals No. 10 (tie), Panthers No. 13
CARDINALS OFFENSE – OVERALL (24), RUSH (31), PASS (14).
CARDINALS DEFENSE – OVERALL (24), RUSH (13), PASS (29).
PANTHERS OFFENSE – OVERALL (16), RUSH (7), PASS (19).
PANTHERS DEFENSE – OVERALL (10), RUSH (16), PASS (11).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES – Wild-card Cardinals tied franchise record with 11 wins, but lost four of last six games as injuries hit them hard. … Cardinals have won four of last six playoff games… Cardinals hoping QB Drew Stanton is healthy enough to play. He’s 5-3 as starter and has won seven of past 10 starts. … WR Larry Fitzgerald has 42 catches for 705 yards (117.5 yards per game) and nine touchdowns in six postseason games. … WR Michael Floyd had eight catches for 153 yards and two TDs vs. San Francisco last week. … . Rookie WR John Brown has four come-from-behind winning touchdowns. … Arizona defense allowed 267 yards rushing to Seattle and 206 yards rushing to San Francisco in last two games. … NFC South champion Panthers have won four straight games, first NFL team to reach postseason with losing record since Seattle in 2010. … QB Cam Newton is only NFL player to throw for 3,000 yards and run for 500 yards in each of first four seasons. … Panthers averaged 199.3 yards rushing per game in December, second most in NFL. … RB Jonathan Stewart averaged 100.3 yards rushing per game in December. … RB DeAngelo Williams expected to play for Carolina after missing last four games. … Panthers TE Greg Olsen and WR Kelvin Benjamin had 1,000-yard receiving seasons. … LB Luke Kuechly led NFL in tackles (153) for second time in three years. … DE Charles Johnson led Panthers with 8 1-2 sacks. … K Graham Gano leads NFL with 124 kickoff touchbacks in past two seasons.
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