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Cardinals Headed To Carolina For NFC Title

Panthers beat up Seahawks to set up game to get to Super Bowl 50


Cardinals defensive tackle Calais Campbell goes after Panthers quarterback Cam Newton during last year's playoff game in Carolina.

The Cardinals have a chance to reach the Super Bowl, but they will have to win in Carolina to do it.

At least this year, they will have Carson Palmer at quarterback.

The NFC Championship was set Sunday when the No. 1-seeded Panthers knocked off the Seahawks, 31-24, in

Carolina. The Panthers looked like the team that went 15-1 in the regular season, intercepting Russell Wilson twice early and jumping out to a 31-0 first-half lead before hanging on for the victory.

The Cardinals and Panthers will kick off next Sunday, Jan. 24, at 4:40 p.m. Arizona time (6:40 p.m. EST.) The winner goes to Super Bowl 50.

It'll be the second straight season the Cardinals will play a postseason game in Carolina. Last year the teams – both of which are much improved from 2014 – met in the Wild Card round. The Panthers won, 27-16, with Palmer (and backup quarterback Drew Stanton) out with injuries and the Cards forced to start Ryan Lindley. The Cardinals had only 78 yards of offense – the lowest total in NFL history.

Because of injuries, there is hardly any parallel between this Cardinals team and that one. Palmer is playing. Rookie David Johnson is the Cardinals' top running back. Larry Fitzgerald is playing his best football since 2011.

They are playing a team with the league's probable MVP, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. The Panthers were the only team in the league to score more points than the Cardinals this season, and also feature a defense that has forced the most turnovers.

"Whoever, we'll be there," running back Andre Ellington said after the Cardinals' win Saturday night. "We'll be waiting."

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