Panthers defeat Cardinals 27-16

Twice in NFL history has a division winner reached the postseason with a sub-.500 record.

And both times the teams advanced to the Divisional Round. The Carolina Panthers, NFC South champs at 7-8-1 in the regular season, defeated the banged-up Arizona Cardinals 27-16 in the NFC's Wild Card round on Saturday.

The Panthers got the job done with defense as they held Arizona to just 77 total yards. Of course, the Cardinals' offensive depth dwindled as the season carried on, with starter Carson Palmer and backup Drew Stanton out at quarterback.

The Panthers got another inspired performance from running back Jonathan Stewart, who has been on a roll lately. Stewart rumbled for 123 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries.

Carolina, as the No. 4 seed will wait and see which team it will play in the next round. If Dallas defeats Detroit, the Panthers will face top-seeded Seattle. If Detroit defeats Dallas, Carolina will take on Green Bay.

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