Jake Delhomme threw two touchdown passes in Carolina's biggest offensive show of the season. The victory was the third straight for the Panthers (11-5) and it set up a rematch with the Cowboys (10-6). Dallas, which was beaten by New Orleans 13-7 on Sunday, defeated Carolina 24-20 earlier this season in Dallas.
``They (Dallas)beat us the last time and we have to give them credit,'' Delhomme said. ``I'm glad we're playing at home. It's going to be a battle because they're going to come in ready to play. It's what you play for. Now everything gets speeded up. It's time to go.''
Steve Smith scored on a 53-yard punt return, Ricky Manning Jr. had a 27-yard interception return for a TD and John Kasay kicked field goals of 42, 33 and 34 yards as the Panthers prepped for only their second trip to the postseason by opening a 20-0 lead.