The Associated Press
CAROLINA (4-9) At SAN DIEGO (5-8)
Sunday, 4:05 p.m., FOX
OPENING LINE -- Chargers by 3
RECORD VS. SPREAD -- Carolina 6-7; San Diego 6-7
SERIES RECORD -- Panthers lead 3-1
AP PRO32 RANKING -- Chargers No. 21; Panthers No. 25
LAST MEETING -- Panthers beat Chargers 26-24, Sept. 7, 2008
LAST WEEK -- Panthers beat Falcons 30-20; Chargers beat Steelers 34-24
PANTHERS OFFENSE -- OVERALL (16), RUSH (11T), PASS (17)
PANTHERS DEFENSE -- OVERALL (15), RUSH (21), PASS (12)
CHARGERS OFFENSE -- OVERALL (27), RUSH (27), PASS (19)
CHARGERS DEFENSE -- OVERALL (9), RUSH (4), PASS (22)
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES -- Second-year Carolina coach Ron Rivera faces former employer. Was inside linebackers coach from 2007 until being promoted to defensive coordinator after Ted Cottrell fired following eighth game of 2008 season. ... Scott Turner, son of Chargers coach Norv Turner, is Carolina's offensive quality control coach. ... Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski followed Rivera from San Diego to Carolina; was Chargers' tight ends coach from 2005-06, 2009-10. ... Teams "switched" defensive backs coaches before season, with Steven Wilks going from Chargers to Panthers and Ron Meeks from Panthers to Chargers. ... Former Chargers assistant GM Marty Hurney fired as Carolina's GM after 1-5 start. ... Norv Turner 112-121-1 overall in head coaching stints with Washington, Oakland, San Diego. ... Panthers looking for first back-to-back wins since last December. ... Panthers LB Luke Kuechly making strong push for defensive rookie of year by leading NFL with 131 tackles. ... Panthers held Falcons to 35 yards rushing. ... Panthers QB Cam Newton coming off huge game vs. Falcons, completing 23 of 35 passes for 287 yards with two touchdowns; ran for 116 yards. Completed 72-yard scoring run with somersault into end zone before getting to feet, pretending to rip open shirt like Superman. ... By comparison, Chargers RB Ryan Mathews has no 100-yard games this season. His best was 95 yards in loss at Cleveland. ... Newton leads Panthers with 640 yards rushing; Mathews leads Chargers with 685 yards. ... Newton became first in NFL history with 250-plus yards passing, 100-plus yards rushing, a passing TD and a rushing TD in game. ... Dante Rosario, now backup TE for Chargers, caught game-winning, 14-yard TD pass from Jake Delhomme as time expired to lift Panthers to win at San Diego in 2008 season-opener. Rosario has five receptions since three-TD performance in win vs. Tennessee Sept. 16. ... Chargers TE Antonio Gates hasn't caught TD pass in four games, leaving him one shy of matching Lance Alworth's team record 81. ... Chargers WR Robert Meachem, signed as free agent to help replace Vincent Jackson, hasn't been thrown a pass in three straight games. Meachem fell out of favor after dropping potential TD pass in 7-6 loss at Cleveland on Oct. 28. ... Chargers expecting third straight TV blackout in Southern California and fourth this season.
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