The Series: With the 19-12 victory, the Panthers defeated the Cardinals for the seventh consecutive time in the regular season and lead the all-time series 8-3. In addition to their 10 regular season meetings, the two teams have played once during the postseason with Arizona winning, 33-13, in the NFC Divisional Playoffs at Carolina (1/10/09). The Panthers finished the year with a 2-2 mark against NFC West opponents and have an all-time 39-35 regular-season record versus NFC West teams.
Streaking: The win ended the Panthers' seven-game losing streak, which matched the third longest losing streak in team history - previously achieved in 1998.
For Starters: Rookie cornerback
Stewart Rushes Up The Charts: Running back
In the process, Stewart moved into third place in team history with 2,637 career rushing yards, surpassing Tshimanga Biakabutuka with 2,530 yards from 1996-2001. In addition to ranking third in career rushing yards, he stands second in several categories: 22 rushing touchdowns, 4.78-yard rushing average and nine games with 100 or more rushing yards. Stewart also is fourth with 552 rushing attempts.
Over the last four games, Stewart has gained 460 yards on 78 carries - an average of 5.9 yards per rush. He leads the Panthers with 668 yards on 147 attempts with two touchdowns this season.
Offensive Line Paves The Way: Behind an offensive line featuring
Carolina's 45 rushing attempts matched the fourth most in team history - previously accomplished twice, most recently at Dallas (12/8/97). The team record is 52 carries at Atlanta (12/24/06).
The front five has helped Carolina total more than 100 yards rushing in seven consecutive games, also exceeding 100 yards with 127 versus New Orleans (11/7/10), 118 at Tampa Bay (11/14/10), 120 versus Baltimore (11/21/10), 151 at Cleveland (11/28/10), 131 at Seattle (12/5/10) and a season-high 212 versus Atlanta (12/12/10).
Paws For Clausen: Rookie quarterback
On The Receiving End: Rookie wide receivers
Ball Control: The Panthers maintained possession for a season-high 36:56, surpassing the previous high of 36:05 in their only other win of the year versus San Francisco (10/24/10). Carolina possessed the ball almost 14 minutes longer than Arizona. The Panthers held the ball for 15:30 in the first half, including 9:09 in the first quarter and 5:21 in the second quarter, and 22:26 in the second half, including 11:26 in the third quarter and 11:00 in the fourth quarter.
Quick Strike: The Panthers equaled the fifth fastest touchdown drive in team history when they scored in seven seconds on a 16-yard pass from quarterback Jimmy Clausen to tight end Jeff King in the second quarter. The Panthers previously had a seven-second touchdown drive versus Dallas (12/24/05). The team record for the lowest time of possession on a touchdown drive is five seconds - accomplished twice, most recently versus Arizona (10/26/08).
In The Zone: The Panthers posted a 100 percent efficiency rating in the red zone, scoring one touchdown and three field goals on four trips inside the Cardinals' 20-yard line. Carolina has been successful on 19-of-30 red zone opportunities, scoring nine touchdowns and 10 field goals for a 63.3 percent conversion rate and 30.0 percent touchdown conversion rate, this season.
Takeaway/Giveaway: Carolina forced two turnovers on one interception and one fumble. Safety
The Panthers turned it over once on a fumble to finish with a plus-one turnover ratio. The two takeaways resulted in seven points for Carolina, and the one giveaway led to six points for Arizona. The Panthers have a negative-seven turnover ratio this season, compiling a 1-5 record when having a positive turnover margin, an 0-1 record when being even in turnover margin, and a 1-6 record when having a negative turnover margin.
Stingy Defense: The Panthers' defense established season-lows in a number of categories.
|STATISTIC||VS. ARIZONA||PREVIOUS LOW|
|Points||12||16 at New Orleans (10/3/10)|
|First Downs||11||13 vs. Chicago (10/10/10)|
|Plays||53||55 at Tampa Bay (11/14/10)|
|Total Yards||218||246 at St. Louis (10/31/10)|
|Rushing Yards||43||62 at St. Louis (10/31/10)|
Sakrete Sacks: The Panthers equaled their season high of three sacks - achieved five times - and have collected 14 sacks in the last five games.
On the first play of the fourth quarter, second-year linebacker
During the 2010 season, Sakrete, a leader in concrete and concrete-related products, is donating $100 to the BVC Playground Build for every Carolina sack. Through 14 games, the Panthers have 27 sacks, raising $2,700.
The Specialists: Kicker
Return Policy: Cornerback
Inactives: The following seven players were inactive for the Panthers: safety
Note Cards: Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald posted nine receptions for 125 yards. He became the first player to accumulate more than 100 yards receiving against the Panthers this season and the first since Wes Welker with 105 yards on 10 catches for New England (12/13/09). Fitzgerald has averaged 7.3 catches and 105.2 yards per game in six regular season meetings against Carolina.