Cards And Panthers Open Wildcard Week

Panthers v Cardinals
The Panthers and the Cardinals go toe-to-toe in the first week of the playoffs.

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Panthers v Cardinals

Bank of America Stadium, North Carolina

Sunday January 4 – 7:35 AM (AEST)




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Off the back of a lot of momentum, Carolina is hoping to send Arizona home early on Sunday (AEST) in the first week of the playoffs.

While the Panthers did finish atop the NFC South Division, a 7-8-1 record has them well down the list in TattsBet's  futures market . The NFC South is by far the weakest division in the League at present, and Carolina face a steep climb to make it to their first Super Bowl in over a decade. Quarterback Cam Newton has returned to form following a car accident a month ago, totalling 541 yards in his last three games for the Panthers. The versatile QB also lead the way against the Falcons last week in rushing yards, gaining 51 yards off six carries to secure a 34-3 victory. 

The Cardinals have been dealt a vicious blow at the backend of the regular season. A 9-1 record two months ago had them primed for their first Division title in five years. But injuries to their first three starting QBs proved to be too much for them to handle, dropping four of their last six games, and having to settle for a wildcard entry to the playoffs. Third-string QB Ryan Lindley finally proved his worth in Arizona’s 20-17 loss to the 49ers last week, throwing for a career-high 316 yards and landing the first touchdown pass in his professional career. In good news for the Cardinals , first-string QB Drew Stanton looks set to return from a knee injury on Sunday.

In the last five matches between these two, the Cardinals just have the goods over the Panthers, coming out victorious on three occasions. Given that Arizona have struggled to post points at the backend of the season, averaging just 12 in their last six games, Carolina might even the scores on Sunday, or at least win the first half . 

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