CAROLINA PANTHERS (7-3) at MIAMI DOLPHINS (5-5)
DATE: Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013
TIME: 1 p.m. ET
SITE: Sun Life Stadium
TV ANNOUNCERS: Chris Myers, play-by-play; Tim Ryan, analysis; Jennifer Hale, sideline
DOLPHINS RADIO NETWORK: Clear Channel, WBGG (105.9 FM) and WINZ (940 AM) and a network of affiliates throughout Florida; WQBA (1140 AM-Spanish)
RADIO VOICES: English broadcast — Jimmy Cefalo, Bob Griese, Joe Rose, Keith Sims; Spanish broadcast — Raul Striker, Joaquin Duro
SERIES RECORD: Dolphins lead 4-0
AT MIAMI: Dolphins lead 2-0
AT CAROLINA: Dolphins lead 2-0
LAST MEETING: 2009 at Carolina; Dolphins 24, Panthers 17
HISTORY LESSON: The Panthers’ last visit to South Florida came in Week 3 of the 2005 season and the result was a thrilling 27-24 Dolphins victory. Miami won on a field goal by Olindo Mare with seven seconds left that was set up by safety Lance Schulters’ interception and 37-yard return on the first play after the two-minute warning. Rookie running back Ronnie Brown had his first 100-yard rushing performance, thanks in large part to a 58-yard run from the Miami 4-yard line that set up a field goal in the fourth quarter.
SERIES TREND: Carolina is one of five teams — all in the NFC — against which the Dolphins won the first four meetings. Miami also started off 4-0 against the Cardinals, Falcons, Packers and 49ers. The games against the Panthers generally have been close, with three of the four decided by seven points or less. The only exception was a 23-6 decision in the middle of the 2001 season with the Panthers on their way to a 1-15 finish.
PANTHERS’ RECORD: 7-3
LAST GAME: Won vs. New England, 24-20
OVERVIEW: The Panthers will come to Miami as one of the hottest teams in the NFL. Carolina is on a six-game winning streak and has gone from a struggling a 1-3 team to a bona fide playoff contender and maybe even a Super Bowl threat. The Panthers weren’t being taken seriously even after they had won four in a row because of the quality of the opposition, but consecutive victories at San Francisco and against the Patriots have proven that Carolina is for real.
KEY NEW FACES: NT Star Lotulelei (draft-1st round), DT Kawann Short (draft-2nd), WR Ted Ginn Jr. (San Francisco), LB Chase Blackburn (N.Y. Giants), CB Drayton Florence (Detroit), WR Domenik Hixon (N.Y. Giants), S Mike Mitchell (Oakland).
KEY VETERANS GONE: CB Chris Gamble, LB Thomas Keiser, QB Jimmy Clausen, DT Frank Kearse, LB Jon Beason, WR Armanti Edwards.