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Quick Take: Panthers (4-5) at Packers (8-1)

Last meeting
In 2005, the Panthers scored on four of their first five drives and QB Jake Delhomme threw for two touchdowns to put away the Packers, 32-29.

Green Bay has won three of the last four contests and also leads the overall series 5-3.

Last week
Carolina fell to 0-4 at home with a last-minute, 20-13 loss against the Falcons. The defeat cost the Panthers a chance to move into a first-place tie in the NFC South. Green Bay continued its march through the NFC North and improved to 8-1 with a resounding 34-0 triumph over Minnesota.

At stake
The Panthers have to prove they can win without Delhomme. Since he went down for the season, Carolina is just 2-4 and has struggled to put together anything offensively. A win against the powerhouse Packers would even their record at 5-5 and give Carolina renewed confidence that they can contend without Delhomme. For the Packers, the stakes are much simpler. They need a victory to keep pace with Dallas at the top of the NFC.

Key matchup
Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith vs. Packers cornerback Charles Woodson. Smith is having a difficult season, his production a byproduct of the Panthers' problems at quarterback. While he still has solid numbers -- 45 catches for 590 yards and six touchdowns -- he has not been the dominant force we have seen in the past. Despite the decreased production and QB instability, Smith is still the most dangerous weapon and remains the rare wide receiver who can take over a game. The task of preventing Smith from breaking out falls to Woodson, a former Heisman Trophy winner who is having one of his best seasons. Woodson has scored two defensive touchdowns, has three interceptions and is a primary reason why the Packers have the NFL's second-ranked scoring defense. With Green Bay's man-to-man defensive scheme, Woodson will get locked up on Smith often.

Did you know?
The Panthers are 11-3 when defensive back Chris Gamble records an interception.

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