Carolina Panthers at a glance

December 28, 2013 

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Carolina running back DeAngelo Williams (34) and the Panthers have lost five straight times to the Falcons in Atlanta.

DAVID T. FOSTER, III — dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

Carolina Panthers

Coach: Ron Rivera

Key Stats

6 Years since the Panthers last won in Atlanta, a 27-20 victory on Sept. 23, 2007. DeShaun Foster rushed for 122 yards, and Joey Harrington was the Falcons quarterback.

12 Regular-season wins the Panthers would finish with if they beat Atlanta. It would be the third 12-4 season in franchise history (1996, 2008).

47 Consecutive games started by receiver Steve Smith since he sat out the 2010 finale at Atlanta with a calf injury. Smith is out after spraining his knee last week vs. the Saints.

282 Yards needed by Cam Newton to pass Dan Marino (11,431) for the second-most passing yards by a quarterback in his first three seasons. Peyton Manning has the most with 12,287.

Starting Lineup

Offense

WR111 Brandon LaFell
LT69 Jordan Gross
LG70 Travelle Wharton
C67 Ryan Kalil
RG78 Nate Chandler
RT77 Byron Bell
TE88 Greg Olsen
WR287 Domenik Hixon
QB1 Cam Newton
FB35 Mike Tolbert
RB34 DeAngelo Williams

Defense

LDE95 Charles Johnson
DT92 Dwan Edwards
NT96 Star Lotulelei
RDE76 Greg Hardy
WLB93 Chase Blackburn
MLB59 Luke Kuechly
SLB58 Thomas Davis
LCB23 Melvin White
RCB41 Captain Munnerlyn
SS27 Quintin Mikell
FS21 Mike Mitchell

Special Teams

K9 Graham Gano
P8 Brad Nortman
H8 Brad Nortman
PR19 Ted Ginn
KR19 Ted Ginn
LS44 J.J. Jansen
KO9 Graham Gano

Injuries

OUT: DT Colin Cole (calf), WR Steve Smith (knee), RB Jonathan Stewart (knee). QUESTIONABLE: S Robert Lester (ankle). PROBABLE: QB Cam Newton (ankle).

Schedule/Results

DateOpponentResult/TimeTV
September
8SeattleL 12-7
15At BuffaloL 24-23
22N.Y. GiantsW 38-0
29Bye
October
6At ArizonaL 22-6
13At MinnesotaW 35-10
20St. LouisW 30-15
24At Tampa BayW 31-13
November
3AtlantaW 34-10
10At San FranciscoW 10-9
18New EnglandW 24-20
24At MiamiW 20-16
December
1Tampa BayW 27-6
8At New OrleansL 31-13
15N.Y. JetsW 30-20
22New OrleansW 17-13
29At Atlanta1FOX

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