The Panthers are now 3-0 all time in the Wild Card playoffs, including 2-0 at home in those games. The Panthers won their first playoff game since 2005, when they defeated the Bears in the divisional playoffs.
Since 2000, teams with non-winning records are now 6-1 in wild-card games and teams with losing records are 2-0 in wild-card games.
Lack of Cardinals offense
The Panthers took advantage of a weak Arizona Cardinals offense by forcing turnovers and dominating the second half.
Fewest Total Yards in Postseason Game
The Cardinals finished with 78 total yards, the fewest in a postseason game in NFL history. The previous record was held by the 1958 Browns (86 vs. Giants).
The Cardinals had 51 passing yards, the fewest by a team to throw multiple interceptions in a playoff game since the 1977 Broncos (26 passing yards, 4 interceptions vs. Cowboys). Their starting quarterback in that game (Super Bowl XII) was Craig Morton.
Ryan Lindley had 82 passing yards, the fifth-fewest in a playoff game by a player with at least 25 pass attempts and the fewest since Daunte Culpepper (78 vs. Giants) in 2000, according to the Elisa Sports Bureau.
Lindley was 1-of-7 for 21 yards and an interception on throws of at least 15 yards downfield.
The Cardinals didn't score on any offensive drives in the second half. They had four punts and two interceptions, plus a fumble lost on a kickoff. Their only points came late in the fourth quarter on a safety.
The Cardinals entered the playoffs with only 73 points in their final six games of the regular season, the fewest by a playoff team since the 1935 Giants (according to Elias).
Panthers rushing attack
Jonathan Stewart had 123 rushing yards, the second-most in a playoff game by a Panthers players. DeShaun Foster had 151 in 2005 against the Giants.
Stewart started off the scoring with his second postseason rushing touchdown, joining Foster as the only Panthers players with two career postseason rushing touchdowns.
The Panthers ran 13 zone-read rushes, their most in a single game since 2012 Week 4. Cam Newton gave the ball to his running back nine times, and they gained 59 yards on those plays (6.6 yards per rush).