CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers will look to bounce back from a loss and potentially lock up a playoff spot when they host the New York Jets Sunday afternoon at Bank of America Stadium.
Carolina, 9-4, is coming off a 31-13 loss at New Orleans in week 14 last Sunday night. The second place Panthers play host to New Orleans next week, but they remain zeroed in on the Jets.
New York is coming off a 37-27 victory over Oakland last weekend. The Jets are currently 6-7.
The Panthers will be without Running Back Jonathan Stewart Sunday. Stewart tore his MCL in the second half of last week's game, but Head Coach Ron Rivera is optimistic he could return before the end of the regular season.
Sunday's game marks an opportunity for the Panthers' secondary to step up. The group known as the "Legion of Whom" is up for the test.
"It's all about being physical on wide receivers and tight ends," Safety Mike Mitchell said.
Mitchell added, "We've had all week to clean up some things and work on our mistakes and we're ready to show you our progress (on) Sunday."
Kickoff is set for 4:05 p.m. Sunday.
A win practically locks up the National Football Conference (NFC) Wildcard Berth for Carolina, provided Arizona, San Francisco, Dallas and Philadelphia lose.