Panthers-Giants: Teams to Clash Next Week with Homefield in Sight

Chris BrooksCorrespondent IDecember 14, 2008

By virtue of the Dallas Cowboys' 20-8 victory tonight, next Sunday night's game will determine who has homefield advantage in the NFC. The Carolina Panthers will face the New York Giants at Giants Stadium next week with No. 1 on the line.

The Giants have lost two in a row (to Dallas and Philadelphia), while Carolina reeled off a 38-23 win over division rival Tampa and a 30-10 beating against the Denver Broncos to tie the Giants at 11-3 in the NFC.

The Panthers have had great success in East Rutherford the last two times they played there. In 2003 the Panthers were a winner 37-24, and in January 2006 they crushed the G-Men 23-0 in the Wild Card round.

In their last three victories in as many weeks, Carolina has averaged 34.3 points per game. The Giants have scored 22 points in the last two weeks, both losses. The Giants had won seven straight before this skid began, and the Panthers are winners in seven of eight games.

The game will be broadcast on NBC with the flex game and homefield in sights for both squads. Kick off is slated for 8:15 pm EST.