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8 Numbers to Know Ahead of Panthers-Cardinals



The Panthers and Cardinals finished 1-2 in:

Points scored (500/489)
Takeaways (39/33)
Points off turnovers (148/140)





Part 1

The Panthers went 3-0 against top-5 defenses this season, averaging 27.3 points per game and gaining over 150 rushing yards per game. The Cardinals finished the year as the NFL’s No. 5 defense.


Part 2

The Panthers were 5-0 against teams that ended up making the playoffs. The Cardinals were 5-2 against teams that made the playoffs.





Part 1

The past eight NFC Championship games have all been decided by seven points or fewer. Four of those eight have gone to overtime.


Part 2

According to Football Outsiders, Panthers coach Ron Rivera is 28-12-1 when protecting a lead of seven points or fewer in the fourth quarter (22-4-1 since 2013).

Arizona coach Bruce Arians is 31-1 when the Cardinals have a one-score lead in the fourth quarter.





The Panthers have a league-best 12-game home win streak. They were the only team to go undefeated at home this season.

The Cardinals won a franchise-record seven road games.





The Panthers have scored at least 20 points in 16 of their 17 games.

The Cardinals held opponents to 20 points or fewer in six of their last seven games (including playoffs).





This is the first playoff game of the Super Bowl era featuring two teams that each averaged at least 30 points per game during the regular season.

The Panthers led the NFL at 31.3 PPG. The Cardinals finished second at 30.6 PPG.





The Cardinals blitzed more than any team in the NFL (45 percent of dropbacks).

Cam Newton threw more touchdowns than any QB against the blitz (19).





The Panthers have gained 100-plus rushing yards in 30 straight games (including playoffs.) That's the longest such streak since the 1974-1976 Steelers (37).

The Cardinals have allowed their last three opponents to rush for more than 100 yards. Arizona gave up a total of 381 rushing yards in those games.

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