The Panthers now own the third best record in the NFC (8-3) behind only the Seahawks (10-1) and the Saints (9-2). Both the Cardinals (7-4) and 49ers (6-4) remain a game back (provided the 49ers win tonight). As it stands if the playoffs started today the Panthers would be the #5 seed going to Dallas to play the Cowboys:
No. 4 seed Dallas Cowboys (6-5) vs. No. 5 seed Carolina Panthers (8-3) The New York Giants' winning streak finally is over. After winning four consecutive games and closing in on the Cowboys' division lead, New York lost to Dallas in Week 12, giving the Cowboys another week atop the standings. As we've learned in recent years, nothing is certain with the Cowboys in December. Cam Newton pulled out another win for the Carolina Panthers in Week 12. The Panthers waited until the fourth quarter to edge the Dolphins, but Carolina is firmly in the playoff picture in the NFC with an 8-3 record.
Just keep winning it will take care of itself right? Of course to assume the Panthers win out is a bit of a stretch with two games against the Saints remaining. Yet that provides the opportunity to rise even further should we take down the Saints or even split with them. So you can see that the #2 seed overall is well within their reach and they do not need help from anyone else for it to happen.
If the Panthers should instead land at the #5 seed I have to say I would not mind at all going to Dallas. Their defense is been 'inconsistent' to say the least and Tony Romo isn't exactly Mr. Clutch in the playoffs. But I will stop there before I get too far ahead of myself. Channeling my inner Rivera: 'We just need to focus on the next game.'