Carolina Panthers vs. Arizona Cardinals: Panthers impress with 49-15 win, move to Super Bowl 50
This is a game that will be remembered for being completely one-sided. Notwithstanding the fact that both Carolina Panthers and Arizona Cardinals Charlotte had impressed the fans during the course of the tournament, the way Arizona sucumbed was surprizing for even diehard Carolina Panthersâ€™ fans.
With this stunning win the Carolina Panthers not just registered a great win they also progressed to a Super Bowl 50 date with the Broncos. It is needless to say that no one had actually anticipated the team to win with such a massive difference. The 49-15 win over the Arizona Cardinals, in an NFC Championship Game that barely looked like a game between the league’s top two scoring offenses was simply unbelievable.
While the win may look one-sided, but the credit for the win must go to the superlative performance of the Panthers. They rolled from start to finish, preventing the kind of second-half letdowns that almost derailed them a week ago against the Seahawks and so many times during the regular season. Cam Newton threw for 335 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for two more scores to pace an offense that never stalled.
It must be kept in mind that Panthers never allowed Palmer to take advantage of a secondary that was strapped by injuries, with a pair of cornerbacks who were out of the league in October. But instead of taking advantage, Palmer was the one who looked jaded, turning it over six times. When Newton threw an interception, Ted Ginn spotted Panthers cornerback Patrick Peterson a 10-yard head start, but forestalled a pick-six by chasing him down from behind. That play allowed Palmer to throw a momentum-killing interception.