The Carolina Panthers represent a different challenge for the Packers. While Denver has a lot of playmakers, the Panthers are getting an MVP-type performance out of quarterback Cam Newton but don't really have any other offensive weapons.
Cam Newton is completing just 52.percent of his passes and his touchdown-to-interception ratio is 11:8, but the Carolina quarterback is a threat every time the ball is snapped (not to mention is 6-3 when he completes less than 50 percent of his passes). He has the arm strength to make great passes even when off-balance and look out for zone-read runs (Newton has 286 yards rushing -- just 12 fewer yards than Packers leading rusher Eddie Lacy -- on 64 carries). Down by the goal line, Carolina is extremely dangerous with the unpredictability of Newton causing defenses fits.
For all the talk of the quarterbacks, the running backs might be the pivotal players. Carolina, led by Jonathan Stewart (505 yards) has rushed for over 100 yards in 18 straight games. Green Bay's rushing attack has been inconsistent, but in the last four games Carolina has allowed 141, 115, 177 and 136 rushing yards.