On The Prowl 1/20: Defense Wins Championships


DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS:Neil Paine of FiveThirtyEight writes that the teams competing in the conference championship games could be the best defensive final four in NFL history. READ MORE

PFF GAME PREVIEW:Pro Football Focus offers an early preview of Sunday's NFC Championship matchup, noting the key matchups between the Panthers and Cardinals. READ MORE

TALE OF THE TAPE:ESPN offers a look at another intriguing matchup in Sunday's game: the Cardinals wide receivers and Panthers defensive backs. READ MORE

PAVING THE WAY:Panthers Insider Mike Craft breaks down how the Panthers offensive line opened up a huge hole for Jonathan Stewart to gain 59 yards on the first play against the Seahawks.

ALL-YELL NORWELL: Head coach Ron Rivera pointed out tremendous effort from guard Andrew Norwell, who blocked three Seahawks to create running room for 59-yard gain on game's first play. READ MORE

PANTHERS MAILBAG:Bryan Strickland answers fan questions about uniforms, the Carolina pass rush and what he expects for Sunday's NFC Championship game vs. Arizona. READ MORE

PANTHERS, CARDINALS OFFENSIVE STRATEGIES:The "NFL Total Access" crew breaks down how the Panthers will attack the Cardinals' defense and what Arizona will do against Carolina's defense. Watch the video below

SITUATIONAL STARS READY TO STEP UP: Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer highlights five Panthers players who are not often in the spotlight but have a chance to make a big difference in a bit spot. READ MORE

ARIZONA FOCUSED ON RUN GMAE: Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer notes that Arizona will be focused on their own run game - and stopping the Panthers potent rushing attack. READ MORE

View the top photos by photographer Kent Smith from Carolina's NFC Divisional Playoff against Seattle.

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