On Sunday, the Panthers will take on the Atlanta Falcons for the final time this season and try to establish their place as third wheel in the division; separating themselves from a downward trending Tampa Bay team.
The Panthers have grown as a team since their first meeting with Atlanta. The most noted improvements have come from rookie quarterback Cam Newton, who has shown much more maturity over the past few weeks. He looks more and more like a bona fide NFL star with each passing game.
For the Panthers, extending their winning streak to three games won't be easy. Atlanta remains a talented playoff caliber team that contained Newton very well the first time around.
Here are the key players that must play well for the Panthers if they are to pull off the upset.