Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
CHARLOTTE -- The NFL has assigned referee Gene Steratore to work the Cardinals-Panthers divisional game at Bank of America Stadium.
Steratore has worked four Panthers games (all on the road) and four Cardinals games (two home, two road) since becoming a referee for the 2006 season.
Steratore has assessed 4.8 penalties per game against the Panthers. No current referee has assessed fewer penalties per game against the Panthers since 2003 (minimum four games worked). Steratore has assessed 17 penalties against the Panthers and 23 against their opponents in these games. The Panthers have won three of the four games in question:
2007, Week 5: Panthers 16, Saints 13
2007, Week 11: Packers 31, Panthers 17
2007, Week 17: Panthers 31, Bucs 23
2008, Week 13: Panthers 35, Packers 31
Steratore has assessed 5.5 penalties per game against the Cardinals. That's a relatively low figure. He assessed 22 penalties against Arizona and 25 against their opponents in those games. The Cardinals have won two of the four games in question:
2006, Week 4: Falcons 32, Cardinals 10
2006, Week 14: Cardinals 27, Seahawks 21
2007, Week 4: Cardinals 21, Steelers 14
2008, Week 1: Cardinals 23, 49ers 13
The Week 1 game this season featured at least one controversial call. Steratore and crew penalized the 49ers' Ray McDonald for roughing the quarterback on a third-and-9 pass for no gain. The hit appeared to be legal. The penalty sustained the drive. Arizona scored a touchdown on the drive, taking a 20-10 lead.