" Although quarterback Cam Newton is the face of the Carolina Panthers franchise, the reason why the team is challenging for the NFC South title is because of a defense that is playing at an elite level. The New England Patriots have struggled against stronger-than-average defenses all season, so they will have their work cut out for them when they visit the Panthers next Monday night at Bank of America Stadium.
Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers gets sacked by Luke Kuechly #59 and Mario Addison #97 of the Carolina Panthers (Credit, Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
After starting out 1-3, the Panthers have won five games in a row to come into Week 11 with a 6-3 record, one game behind the New Orleans Saints in the NFC South. In Week 10, Carolina scratched out a 10-9 road win over the defending NFC champion San Francisco 49ers. The Panthers are 2-3 all-time against the Patriots, including a 32-29 loss to New England in Super Bowl XXXVIII on February 1, 2004. The teams last met on December 13, 2009 at Gillette Stadium, and the Patriots came away with a 20-10 victory "
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