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NFC South Division more
Team Wins Loss Ties Win%
Carolina Panthers 11 3 0 0.786
Atlanta Falcons 9 5 0 0.643
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9 5 0 0.643
New Orleans Saints 7 7 0 0.500
Schedule more
Week Date Opponent Score
13 Sun 11/30 @Green Bay W 35-31
14 Mon 12/08 Tampa Bay W 23-38
15 Sun 12/14 Denver W 10-30
16 Sun 12/21 @New York 8:15 PM ET
17 Sun 12/28 @New Orleans 1:00 PM ET
Injuries more
Player Injury
K. Moore (WR) O - Hamstring
K. Vincent (G) O - Groin
H. Taylor (DE) D - Calf
G. Gibson (DT) Q - Hand
Team Leaders Complete Player Stats
Passing COMP ATT YDS TD
J. Delhomme 221 375 2853 14
Rushing CAR YDS AVG TD
D. Williams 224 1229 5.5 14
J. Stewart 158 751 4.8 9
Receiving REC YDS AVG TD
S. Smith 70 1240 17.7 6
M. Muhammad 54 764 14.1 4

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Posted: 12/16/2008

Quick Take: Panthers (11-3) at Giants (11-3)

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Chuck Burton / Associated Press
Pro Bowl players Eli Manning and Julius Peppers will square off Sunday night.


Last meeting
In Week 14 of the 2006 season, Eli Manning threw three touchdown passes to lead the Giants past the host Panthers 27-13.

Streaks
Carolina has taken three of the four all-time matchups, including a playoff win in 2005. See a breakdown of the meetings.

Last week
The Giants suffered their second NFC East loss in a row, falling to the host Cowboys 20-8. ... The Panthers wore down the visiting Broncos and earned a 30-10 victory.

Keep your eye on ...
Eli's protection: The Giants' offensive line is widely considered one of the league's best, but it was completely manhandled by the Cowboys last Sunday. New York allowed Eli Manning to be sacked eight times. Carolina has the ninth-most sacks in the league and will challenge a suddenly shaky unit.

Fan feedback
Which one of these teams will win homefield advantage throughout the NFC playoffs? Which will have a longer playoff run? What are your thoughts?

Which Steve Smith steps up: The Giants and Panthers each have a wide receiver named Steve Smith, and both lead their respective teams in receptions. Carolina's Smith has more big-play potential and is a proven playmaker, but New York's Smith is developing into a reliable possession receiver.

Williams' scoring touch: After going scoreless in the first four games this season, Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams has 16 touchdowns in his last 10 outings. He has a rushing TD in a team-record seven straight games. The Giants have allowed only nine rushing touchdowns all season, so it won't be easy for Williams to maintain his streak.

Did you know?
The winner clinches the NFC's No. 1 seed and homefield advantage throughout the playoffs. See the complete playoff picture by clicking here. ... Panthers coach John Fox was the Giants' defensive coordinator from 1997 to 2001. ... The Giants have won the last nine games in which Amani Toomer has a touchdown catch.

Weekly Leaders

Passing Yards

1. P. Manning IND 364
2. D. Garrard JAC 329

Rushing Yards

1. M. Jones-Drew JAC 91
2. D. Rhodes IND 27
3. D. Garrard JAC 9
4. C. Simpson IND 4
5. C. Washington JAC 3

Receiving Yards

1. R. Wayne IND 108
2. D. Clark IND 105
3. D. Northcutt JAC 101
4. M. Jones-Drew JAC 71
5. D. Rhodes IND 62

Scoring

1. A.Vinatieri IND 7
2. D.Clark IND 6
3. D.Garrard JAC 6
4. D.Northcutt JAC 6
5. M.Owens JAC 6
NFC Eastern Division more
Team Wins Loss Ties Win%
New York Giants 11 3 0 0.786
Dallas Cowboys 9 5 0 0.643
Philadelphia Eagles 8 5 1 0.607
Washington Redskins 7 7 0 0.500
Schedule more
Week Date Opponent Score
13 Sun 11/30 @Washington W 23-7
14 Sun 12/07 Philadelphia L 20-14
15 Sun 12/14 @Dallas L 8-20
16 Sun 12/21 Carolina 8:15 PM ET
17 Sun 12/28 @Minnesota 1:00 PM ET
Injuries more
Player Injury
G. Wilkinson (LB) O - Knee
D. Hixon (WR) Q - Ankle
B. Jacobs (RB) Q - Knee
S. Moss (WR) Q - Calf
Team Leaders Complete Player Stats
Passing COMP ATT YDS TD
E. Manning 261 433 2938 20
Rushing CAR YDS AVG TD
B. Jacobs 195 1002 5.1 12
D. Ward 152 733 4.8 2
Receiving REC YDS AVG TD
A. Toomer 44 537 12.2 4
S. Smith 52 530 10.2 1