Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly: He led Carolina in tackles with seven, made two interceptions and returned one 32 yards for a touchdown.
Panthers safety Kurt Coleman: His 36-yard interception return for a touchdown on the third play of the game set the tone. He actually ran about 60 yards on the play after weaving through all the Cowboys. He added three tackles and one pass defensed.
Panthers cornerback Josh Norman: In a game within the game, Norman basically limited Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant to two catches although the receiver was targeted eight times. Norman drew an unsportsmanlike penalty after an end-zone breakup in the fourth quarter when he appeared to taunt the crowd.
Panthers kicker Graham Gano: The kicker made four field goals of 49, 43, 25, and 50 yards.
Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain: He led all defenders with 12 tackles and three tackles for loss with one pass defended.
Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey: His two field goals of 21 and 48 yards give him 603 points in his career to become the third player — second kicker — in team history to reach 600 career points after Emmitt Smith (986) and Rafael Septien (874).