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NFL Capsule: Panthers at Saints

Thursday - 12/27/2012, 2:40pm  ET

The Associated Press

CAROLINA (6-9) At NEW ORLEANS (7-8)

Sunday, 1 p.m., FOX

OPENING LINE -- Saints by 4

RECORD VS. SPREAD -- Carolina 8-7; New Orleans 8-7

SERIES RECORD -- Panthers lead 18-17

AP PRO32 RANKING -- Panthers No. 20; Saints No. 16

LAST MEETING -- Panthers beat Saints 35-27, Sept. 16

LAST WEEK -- Panthers beat Raiders 17-6; Saints beat Cowboys 34-31 OT

PANTHERS OFFENSE -- OVERALL (17), RUSH (10), PASS (17)

PANTHERS DEFENSE -- OVERALL (8), RUSH (15), PASS (8)

SAINTS OFFENSE -- OVERALL (3), RUSH (24), PASS (2)

SAINTS DEFENSE -- OVERALL (32), RUSH (29), PASS (31)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES -- Saints have won five of last seven games in series. ... Panthers have won three straight. ... Carolina QB Cam Newton has 11 TDs and one INT in last six games. ... WR Steve Smith has 22 catches for 331 yards (82.8 per game) and three TDs in past four games and concluding seventh season with 1,000 yards receiving. ... DE Greg Hardy has nine sacks in last nine games. ... DE Charles Johnson has 10
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