CHARLOTTE -- The Carolina Panthers will get a chance to extend their undefeated home record next weekend against a team they've already beaten in Charlotte.
With Philadelphia's 26-14 win over Minnesota on Sunday, the Panthers earned a rematch with Arizona at 8:15 p.m. Saturday in a divisional round playoff game at Bank of America Stadium.
The Eagles will go to New York at 1 p.m. Sunday in the other half of the NFC bracket. Arizona moved on in the tournament by beating Atlanta 30-24 Saturday.
By drawing the Cardinals, the Panthers get a chance to relive one of their more exciting games of the regular season.
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The Panthers came back from a 17-3 third-quarter deficit to beat the Cardinals on Oct. 26, a win that moved Carolina to 6-2 just before its regular-season bye week. Of course, it took the Panthers several weeks to recover from that layoff, so it remains to be seen how this weekend's inactivity affects them.
Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner threw for 381 yards that day, the highest total the Panthers had given up on the year prior to last weekend's record push by Drew Brees (386).
But despite Warner's heroics, and the Panthers' part in that, they came back to win that game, as they have so often.
"I think we've got a lot of heart," middle linebacker Jon Beason said that day. "We play for each other, and we believe. I never thought we were out of the game, I don't think anybody thought we were out of the game. We know if we keep punching ... we have a saying around here, 'Pound the rock.' Man, you keep pounding and good things are going to happen if you don't quit.
"We've done it, and I think maybe those guys got a little lax over there, thinking 'Hey, this game's about to be blown wide open.' But not here, not this team, We're going to fight for each other."
The Panthers might benefit from the weather. The Cards are notoriously poor travelers, and looked like a Pop Warner team in losing during a snowstorm at New England two weeks ago. Saturday's forecast calls for rain and low temperatures in the high 20s.
The Panthers are 6-2 in the all-time series between the teams, but their biggest edge might be the weekend off, since the NFC's top two seeds (which earn byes) are 31-5 in the divisional round since the current playoff format was adopted in 1990.
Saturday's game will be the 10th postseason contest in Panthers history, but just the third at home.
They're 6-3 overall in the playoffs, but won both of their games in Charlotte, beating Dallas following the 1996 and 2003 seasons.
To have more than one home game this postseason, the Panthers would need the Eagles to beat the top-seeded Giants, who earned home-field advantage by beating the Panthers on Dec. 21 in Giants Stadium.
Of course, the Panthers would also need to go 9-0 at home by beating the Cardinals.
Panthers vs. Cardinals
When: 8:15 p.m. Saturday
Where: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte
TV: Fox (Cable channel 11)
All-time series: Panthers lead 6-2