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Panthers pound Cardinals 49-15 to make Super Bowl 50

during the NFC Championship Game at Bank of America Stadium on January 24, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Getty Images

The Panthers held up their end of the bargain. Carson Palmer didn’t.

Carolina advanced to a Super Bowl 50 date with the Broncos thanks to a 49-15 win over the Cardinals, in an NFC Championship Game that hardly looked like a game between the league’s top two scoring offenses.

The Panthers rolled from start to finish, avoiding the kind of second-half letdowns that nearly derailed them a week ago against the Seahawks and so many times during the regular season.

Mostly, that was because Cam Newton continued to show why he was the likely MVP, carrying his team to a dominant performance.

Newton threw for 335 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for two more scores to pace an offense that never stalled.

Meanwhile, the Panthers harassed Palmer throughout the day, never allowing him 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 out of his depth, turning it over six times (four interceptions, two fumbles).

The Cardinals made mistakes from start to finish, but this was something actively taken away by the Panthers rather than gifted. For all the plays as large as Newton’s touchdown, there were many smaller ones along the way which shined a light on the way this Panthers team has played all year.

When Newton threw an interception, Ted Ginn spotted Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson a 10-yard head start, but prevented a pick-six by chasing him down from behind. That play allowed Palmer to throw a momentum-killing interception.

Other than that late-season speed bump against the Falcons, nothing has stopped the Panthers momentum this season. And now only Peyton Manning and the Broncos defense stands in their way now.

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118 Responses to “Panthers pound Cardinals 49-15 to make Super Bowl 50”
  1. chucklesmcredbeard says: Jan 24, 2016 9:59 PM

    The Panthers are going to take down the Broncos as if they are gazelles.

  2. Ed says: Jan 24, 2016 9:59 PM

    Once a Bungle, always a Bungle.

  3. torchsandaardvarks says: Jan 24, 2016 9:59 PM

    That was complete domination.

  4. ebhaynz says: Jan 24, 2016 10:00 PM

    That was a slaughter!

  5. mistyzhang says: Jan 24, 2016 10:00 PM

    I bet that mom in Tennessee is upset!

  6. vancouversportsbro says: Jan 24, 2016 10:00 PM

    There is seriously something wrong with the NFL if the colts and cardinals get to play in championship games and look that fraudulent.

  7. ctattles says: Jan 24, 2016 10:01 PM

    Forget the Seahawks these Panthers could win 3 SBs next 5 years. Not saying they will but they have the best chance of any team in the league.

  8. jonsnowforpresident says: Jan 24, 2016 10:01 PM

    Couldn’t the cardinals just throw in the towel lol. Man that was a beating

  9. iamthorny says: Jan 24, 2016 10:01 PM

    Just hire and fire John Fox and your team can go to the SB, too. The John Fox used to be our coach Bowl.

  10. chinahand11 says: Jan 24, 2016 10:01 PM

    Wow what a beatdown. Who’d a thunk?

  11. tacomatiger says: Jan 24, 2016 10:01 PM

    Carson Palmer choked hard with those 4 picks. The window is shut for AZ

  12. roadtrip3500 says: Jan 24, 2016 10:02 PM

    If the NFL has a sense of humor left, they HAVE to bring back the little boy from Cam’s Play60 commercial for a Super Bowl 50 spot.

  13. patslovecheating says: Jan 24, 2016 10:02 PM

    has there ever been a QB performance as bad as Palmers in a championship game? I highly doubt it

  14. bonniebengal says: Jan 24, 2016 10:02 PM

    It must be Marvin Lewis’s fault. Oh wait.

  15. leatherface2012 says: Jan 24, 2016 10:03 PM

    and packer fans think green bay is still better..morons

  16. jmull23 says: Jan 24, 2016 10:03 PM

    Panthers are still losing their first game in the playoffs, right haters?

  17. lapantherfan86 says: Jan 24, 2016 10:03 PM

    That was a joke. Another team who didn’t deserve to be there

  18. usdcoyotesfan says: Jan 24, 2016 10:04 PM

    Classy move to go for 2 when you’re up by 25 with 5 minutes to go.

  19. Dave Fouchey says: Jan 24, 2016 10:04 PM

    That was a first class a #1 butt whupping. Wow.

  20. ckruszka says: Jan 24, 2016 10:04 PM

    Now Carolina is destined tobe a dynasy? give me a break! Ask the Seahawks how that dynasty thing is working out. Oh, and win a SB first!

  21. blacknole08 says: Jan 24, 2016 10:04 PM

    Panthers are gonna CRUSH the Broncos. Cam showed today again why he is the MVP, our defense showed today why we are the best in the keague, and in two weeks we will show the world why we are the best team! KEEP POUNDING!

  22. scoops1 says: Jan 24, 2016 10:04 PM

    Cam gives game balls to little kids….Carson gives game balls to the Panthers D

  23. Della Street says: Jan 24, 2016 10:04 PM

    Sorry Donks fans. Don’t have a chance against Carolina.

  24. bradygirl12 says: Jan 24, 2016 10:04 PM

    If this game is any indication,the Broncos will absolutely be destroyed in the Super Bowl. If they can figure out how to stop that offense AND that defense of Carolina’s,then they deserve to win. As for the Patriots,they didn’t deserve the win today.

  25. louiedogg16 says: Jan 24, 2016 10:05 PM

    Cardinals were a big let down the last 3 games. Unfortunately I don’t think ole’ manning has it in him, so that broncos D n ends to come through.

  26. jason9696 says: Jan 24, 2016 10:05 PM

    The Panthers were winning 40-15 with less than 10 minutes to go in the game and they go for the 2-point convert?

  27. liftheavyorliftheavy says: Jan 24, 2016 10:05 PM

    iamthorny says:
    Jan 24, 2016 10:01 PM
    Just hire and fire John Fox and your team can go to the SB, too. The John Fox used to be our coach Bowl.

    —–

    Nice … you win.

  28. mcjon22 says: Jan 24, 2016 10:05 PM

    That was a terribly coached Arizona team tonight

  29. jag1959 says: Jan 24, 2016 10:05 PM

    Congrats Panthers! Good season Arizona, 28 other teams were watching football today no shame in getting to a championship game.

    No dog in the fight (Giants guy) but what a let down this game was compared to the AFCCG. As a football fan I was just hoping for a good close game but it was never in doubt

  30. vikingprideforever says: Jan 24, 2016 10:06 PM

    After watching today’s game I don’t see Carolina losing in 2 weeks. This is not intended as a knock on Denver. I am just that impressed with Carolina.

  31. motleytrap says: Jan 24, 2016 10:06 PM

    Congrats to the Panthers and their fans.

    No one can take anything away from you. Go win the SB.

  32. postintelligence says: Jan 24, 2016 10:06 PM

    I now feel less bad about the Hawks’ loss to Carolina last week; at least they were only annihilated for a half

  33. bleck5 says: Jan 24, 2016 10:07 PM

    They look unbeatable.

    And I think they will win it all.

  34. 2coolguysmrtundra says: Jan 24, 2016 10:07 PM

    The Cardinals have too many players with Minnesota ties to win the big games.

  35. nfliferfan22 says: Jan 24, 2016 10:08 PM

    Too bad the only people who will ever root for this team are obnoxious teenage boys! They act like the WWE’s version of the New Day! If anyone finds this appealing, you’re as immature as Newton and all the other hotdogers! What a shame the sport has become!

  36. bartpkelly says: Jan 24, 2016 10:08 PM

    The Superbowl may surprise. Denver’s Defense is legit. Panthers will be favored highly.
    Atlanta…how did they lose to Atlanta…

  37. ebhaynz says: Jan 24, 2016 10:08 PM

    There’s obviously a reason the Panthers are 17-1 this year!

  38. jetsfaninindy says: Jan 24, 2016 10:09 PM

    That was an awful game. Congrats to Carolina. They are better than I thought. Just imagine Cam had decent receivers.

  39. kcchefs58 says: Jan 24, 2016 10:09 PM

    Convincing win

  40. number1hawkfan says: Jan 24, 2016 10:10 PM

    First, the panthers are going crush the Broncos. Second, I don’t know how it happened but Patrick Peterson is the most overrated player in the NFL. I know I’m gonna get killed for that comment but I’m right. I don’t get how everyone came to the conclusion he’s a great player. Watched almost every game he’s played and yes he’s fast but he gives up big plays every game and is the worst tackling corner I’ve seen. He muffed that punt and didn’t want to get in on that scrum. He was standing there hoping because he’s afraid.

  41. Deb says: Jan 24, 2016 10:10 PM

    Congrats to the Panthers and their fans.

    With no dog in the hunt, I was rooting for Arizona because of Fitzgerald and former Steelers OC Arians, but also because of Palmer. After all those hard years in Cincy, it would have been nice for the guy to get a taste of real success. But this game answered a lot of questions about his capabilities–and his limitations. For years, Steelers fans have listened to Bengals fans whine that Palmer’s injury in the ’05 playoffs cost them their shot at a Super Bowl.

    I’ve always respected that Palmer himself said it wasn’t a dirty hit (just as the film showed). But I’ve never understood why that injury was the excuse for years of failure when so many others had suffered the same injury and gone on to have tremendous success. Some people just choke in big games. Palmer’s decade-old knee injury didn’t cause him to throw all those interceptions today anymore than it’s kept Cincy from winning a playoff game since 1991. It is what it is.

  42. Seprix says: Jan 24, 2016 10:11 PM

    I’m too pissed to even talk about this game right now. I’d rather be Walsh’d than suffer this humiliating defeat.

  43. docboss says: Jan 24, 2016 10:11 PM

    If this had been a professional boxing match, the refs would have stopped it. Maybe BA will express some humility.
    All four teams that played today are good organizations, with involved ownership. They are the “cure” to “Kroenke-itis”!

  44. jqninersocal says: Jan 24, 2016 10:11 PM

    Was hoping Arizona would beat the show boating ham the cam but apparently some one paid plammer tons of cash to throw this game can’t imagine he’s that bad

  45. raynman49 says: Jan 24, 2016 10:12 PM

    Going for 2 with 5 minutes left up by 25. I lost a lot of respect. That will come back to haunt them someday. Classless move.

  46. thesmartest1 says: Jan 24, 2016 10:12 PM

    Manning wins another.

  47. mborz says: Jan 24, 2016 10:13 PM

    Interesting how many blowout predictions there are already. Almost as many as last week where some people were insisting NE was going to blow Denver out…..

  48. warpigz says: Jan 24, 2016 10:14 PM

    Cam couldn’t be humble if his life depended on it

  49. lapantherfan86 says: Jan 24, 2016 10:14 PM

    But all these internet tough guys told me panthers would be 1 and done in the playoffs?!?!

  50. raidernation37 says: Jan 24, 2016 10:15 PM

    Good thing Scam can play ball because after hearing that interview there’s no way he ever opened up a text book in school

  51. revelation123 says: Jan 24, 2016 10:15 PM

    The Cardinals didn’t even deserve to be playing in this game. Even without their top 4 WRs, Green Bay outplayed them nearly the entire game. The Cardinals got lucky on a bad throw by Palmer which got tipped right into the arms of a Cardinals WR in the end zone.

    Green Bay would have put up a better fight, they have a much better QB.

  52. Norseman says: Jan 24, 2016 10:16 PM

    Gonna be lot different for Cam against the Broncos D

  53. mrwalterisgod says: Jan 24, 2016 10:17 PM

    Two years ago everyone said Seattle could do everything they could against Denver and it wouldn’t be enough. How’d that turn out?

    Denver has no chance. They cannot block that front 7.

    Carolina Panthers: your 2015 Super Bowl champions.

  54. squawktalkseahawk says: Jan 24, 2016 10:17 PM

    tacomatiger says:
    Jan 24, 2016 10:01 PM
    Carson Palmer choked hard with those 4 picks. The window is shut for AZ
    ————
    AZ had a window? Really? Smallest window in the history of architecture.

  55. cmac2000 says: Jan 24, 2016 10:17 PM

    Been telling az fans since they got him…hes a bum and a choke artist, always has been, nothin like seeing both nfc west teams choke and get stomped!!! Hey BA, i thought you were guaranteeing a sb win in LEVIS?! haha nice try

  56. noteamforlosangeles says: Jan 24, 2016 10:18 PM

    Well, it took Palmer fewer games to get his first playoff win than Matty Ice, so there’s that.

  57. doe22us says: Jan 24, 2016 10:18 PM

    Well, glad the ohh shucks, Bruce A is some smart coach narrative is over. Lets be real the Panthers a better team top to bottom.

  58. nfliferfan22 says: Jan 24, 2016 10:19 PM

    After watching this playground football game, I have never been more excited to watch the X-Files in my life!

  59. imodan says: Jan 24, 2016 10:19 PM

    Well I hate to say it but Carolina’s 18-1 season is going to be way better than my beloved Patriots 18-1 season was. Go get em Cam! You won me over big guy.

  60. middy84 says: Jan 24, 2016 10:19 PM

    Carson lost that game. The Rams should have been in that game instead.

  61. blackbeard43 says: Jan 24, 2016 10:20 PM

    With two chimps in this fight, I think the Super Bowl is going to be anything but a blow out.

    Carolina won’t know what to do with this Denver defense, and geezer yet wise QB. I pick Denver by two.

  62. realqc says: Jan 24, 2016 10:21 PM

    chinahand11 says:
    Jan 24, 2016 10:01 PM
    Wow what a beatdown. Who’d a thunk?

    ———–
    We did….

    Signed, Panthers Nation

  63. blackbeard43 says: Jan 24, 2016 10:22 PM

    On second thought, Denver by one point.

  64. doggz109 says: Jan 24, 2016 10:24 PM

    Enjoy it Carolina fans. The fans and “experts” said Denver had no shot against the Patriots either.

    See you in two weeks.

  65. jedimastermind12 says: Jan 24, 2016 10:24 PM

    So what will the halftime deficit be 2 or 3 tds?? I cant imagine manning not throwing at least 3picks by halftime of the SB. I hope he wins another one just cuz he deserves it. No way should he have less rings then his bum ass little brother. But the panthers defense is legit. If he wins it. Theyre gonna have to run it 40times and hope the panthers dab their way into a few defensive turnovers that they can score on. Because if they fall behind and he has to throw it. Its gonna be ugly. I dont if its gonna 43-8 ugly. But its gonna be bad.

  66. camsshamwow says: Jan 24, 2016 10:26 PM

    Arizona will be back in the hunt next year…love and respect the cardinals but hopefullt its our time!!!!!

  67. buckeyeguy5 says: Jan 24, 2016 10:26 PM

    Finally, the true Carson Palmer has shown up.

  68. jmc8888 says: Jan 24, 2016 10:27 PM

    tacomatiger says:
    Jan 24, 2016 10:01 PM

    Carson Palmer choked hard with those 4 picks. The window is shut for AZ

    85

    2

    —————-

    Just shows how many fools don’t know football on this site… and play the momentum game.

    Great game by Newton and CAR. Good luck in the Superbowl.

    But if you think a team as young and talented as AZ..and is not in cap hell situation is over, you need some serious help.

    Sadly so many people think a loss is a death knell when in reality, it’s just a bad playoff loss.

    Good luck Carolina, it’s your year.

  69. djvh2 says: Jan 24, 2016 10:27 PM

    Palmer has to be injured, CAR had multiple INT drops and he still threw 4. He should’ve thrown at least 5 vs GB last week. Nobody that’s not a Viking could choke that bad.

  70. goldenboyoffootball says: Jan 24, 2016 10:28 PM

    Super Bowl 50 is going to be a replay of Super Bowl 48! Sorry Sherrif!

  71. faithful49er707 says: Jan 24, 2016 10:32 PM

    As if getting beat down in the conference championship wasn’t painful enough. Having the opponent take a team selfie on the sidelines in the 4th quarter with time left on the clock has to be the ultimate slap in the face

  72. norcalmafia says: Jan 24, 2016 10:34 PM

    Carson Palmer is just good enough to get you beat..

  73. shooters33 says: Jan 24, 2016 10:35 PM

    Denver 35 losers 31 Die Jerry Richardson Dir!

  74. lapantherfan86 says: Jan 24, 2016 10:35 PM

    Anyone who wants to bring up Cams issue from college should educate themselves on what Peyton did to a female trainer when he was in college.

    Go panthers. Keep pounding!

  75. nflmytwocents says: Jan 24, 2016 10:36 PM

    Has Carolina beaten anyone yet? The NFC threw their best at Carolina with Seattle then Arizona. Let’s see what the AFC got!

  76. lanflfan says: Jan 24, 2016 10:36 PM

    Bruce Arians called the Panthers “the worst second half team in the NFL”, according to Erin Andrews.

    Well, if that’s true, how bad would a “good” second half team have beaten his team down?

  77. barrymichaels61 says: Jan 24, 2016 10:37 PM

    If you’re Carson Palmer this is what you do.🙂

  78. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Jan 24, 2016 10:37 PM

    Carolina is the luckiest team on earth. Put another 30 seconds on that clock and Seattle is rolling into Santa Clara

  79. therealzeitgeist says: Jan 24, 2016 10:38 PM

    Will be interesting seeing the Cam-thers against a D so nasty out of the gate as the Broncos – never seen a competitive Denver team built so smash-mouth as this one.

    Either way, there is always one walk-over dud of a contest every NFL post-season, and I am glad it is out of the system. Superbowl gonna be good game.

  80. norcalmafia says: Jan 24, 2016 10:38 PM

    Right now in Seattle there is a line out the door for Carolina Panthers jerseys..and they will say they’ve always been Carolina fans to..

  81. nfliferfan22 says: Jan 24, 2016 10:38 PM

    Now we have to listen to the same Peyton haters for two more weeks! The so called prognosticators can shove it!! How did the 2000 Super Bowl work out for the Giants after there NFC Championship game beatdown of the Vikins end up? You trolls on here wouldn’t know since the majority of you never were born or even knew the game existed before this modern day garbage that Carolina puts out! It’s an embarassment to everything the game stands for!

  82. seahawkfanfrom1970s says: Jan 24, 2016 10:41 PM

    Panthers and the Rams are the most physical teams in the NFL. Only difference is the Rams never learned to win outside of our division.

  83. bubbahotepp says: Jan 24, 2016 10:43 PM

    Good team. Will probably win SB L. Totally classless.

  84. subzero05 says: Jan 24, 2016 10:44 PM

    I would root for Peyton but there’s that whole HGH media coverup thing

    And Cam has been getting unnecessary hate since he’s been drafted

    Cardinals fans though, lol. Don’t talk trash again. Especially about Seahawks fans

  85. peopletrains says: Jan 24, 2016 10:45 PM

    I think Carolina wins but it’ll be a close game if Manning doesn’t turn the ball over.

  86. restoreintegritytonfl says: Jan 24, 2016 10:45 PM

    Any SB without Tom Cheat is a good SB.

    ****

  87. barrymichaels61 says: Jan 24, 2016 10:47 PM

    Seahawk fans accept it already you got smoked in Carolina seasons over no second chances. Bruh

  88. mataug says: Jan 24, 2016 10:49 PM

    haven’t seen a team as loose but confident as the Panthers in playoff in my 1 decade of watching the NFL, they are really having fun
    good luck to both clubs for the big game

  89. schmitty2 says: Jan 24, 2016 10:51 PM

    Watching the Panthers take team photos on the sidelines with 2 mins left in the game made me long for the days of old school football when there was at least a hint of respect for the opposing team.

  90. tbone4444 says: Jan 24, 2016 10:52 PM

    Now Carolina is destined tobe a dynasy? give me a break! Ask the Seahawks how that dynasty thing is working out. Oh, and win a SB first!

    Working out fine, very much on track…thanks for asking

  91. 46namredyps11 says: Jan 24, 2016 10:57 PM

    Wow they just neutered an offense that is significantly better than the next one they’ll be playing. Denver’s only hope is keeping Carolina under 14. I just don’t see that happening.

  92. cubb1 says: Jan 24, 2016 10:57 PM

    Now, that’s the Carson Palmer I remember.

  93. 46namredyps11 says: Jan 24, 2016 11:04 PM

    And Seahawk fans, you need to calm down. Your team lost after getting a round further than you should have two years in a row now. It’s going to be alright, I promise.

  94. squawktalkseahawk says: Jan 24, 2016 11:07 PM

    jmc8888 says:
    Jan 24, 2016 10:27 PM

    Just shows how many fools don’t know football on this site… and play the momentum game.

    But if you think a team as young and talented as AZ..and is not in cap hell situation is over, you need some serious help.
    ————

    No, the help needs to go to AZ. Your QB is 36 years old and has continued his streak of folding under pressure. This wasn’t a bad playoff loss; it was a mental implosion by Palmer.
    At least Brady can say he fought through adversity today.
    Carson has no such comfort and will be playing for the LA Rams next year.
    This young AZ team is going to only get older waiting for their new, unknown QB to get up to speed.

  95. junkmtb says: Jan 24, 2016 11:08 PM

    LOL all i can do is laugh at those Cardinal fans that talked all that thrash earlier!!!! Man they got their behinds handed to them!!!!!! KEEPPOUNDING!!!!!! SB Bound baby!!!!!!!!

  96. Florio is Rooneys Lovechild says: Jan 24, 2016 11:14 PM

    Ed says: Once a Bungle, always a Bungle.
    =======
    Now you blame other teams’ failures on Cinci too? Either your hatred or your stupidity runs deep, Ed.

  97. jvw1982 says: Jan 24, 2016 11:14 PM

    Love me some Cam Newton but don’t sleep on that Bronco defense, they are the real deal, they stopped Brady on 3 of 4 possessions inside the red zone in the 4th quarter then stuffed him on the two point conversion that could have tied the game, that’s not easy to do, in fact if it didn’t just happen I would have said it could never happen….this will be a good game in two weeks…..

  98. PFT's a Rooney Rimjob says: Jan 24, 2016 11:16 PM

    So long as NE and PIT didn’t cheat their way into the SB again, I’m happy.

  99. msstiller58 says: Jan 24, 2016 11:18 PM

    Carson Palmer…he will always be a Bengal

    Newton, so very talented but dang, he’s disgusting. It’s nice the game is fun for him but he’s really overbearing.

  100. immafubared says: Jan 24, 2016 11:24 PM

    Bruce Arians called the Panthers “the worst second half team in the NFL”, according to Erin Andrews.

    Well, if that’s true, how bad would a “good” second half team have beaten his team down?

    =========================================
    Ya and he was spouting his mouth off on how, if the packers had to return to AZ for a playoff game, they would still be black and blue from the beating his team game them two weeks earlier. That is a moron speaking. Very glad to see his head handed to him today. His team is black and blue tonight

  101. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Jan 24, 2016 11:39 PM

    j huber says:
    Jan 24, 2016 1:27 PM
    .Change their turf before big game. Obviously that means nothing to folks who have no morals or ethics. But everybody deserve to know who the low life scum are. As the sports casters said, nobody wanted to face Seattle, so they found a way to cheat.

    ReligionIsForIdiots says:
    Jan 24, 2016 10:37 PM
    Carolina is the luckiest team on earth. Put another 30 seconds on that clock and Seattle is rolling into Santa Clara
    —————————-

    Carolina fans, get used to posts like this and a lot worse from the 12’s. It is what happens when you end Seattle’s season.
    Congrats on the win and good luck in the SB.

  102. jason9696 says: Jan 25, 2016 12:02 AM

    Della Street says:
    Jan 24, 2016 10:04 PM

    Sorry Donks fans. Don’t have a chance against Carolina.

    —————————————

    That’s what a lot of people said about the Broncos before they played the Patriots today. How did that work out?

  103. fjackie says: Jan 25, 2016 12:03 AM

    One and done. Anyone?

  104. verysmartandverygoodlooking says: Jan 25, 2016 12:13 AM

    30 seconds and Seattle wins! 45 minutes and Arizona comes close. Time ran out and Carolina is going to the Super Bowl. Deal with it boys and girls because this is what it is going to be like. Congratulations Cam and good luck to the new look of the NFL. The Carolina Panthers are about to change it all. This year is going to be special,

  105. thebrownswillalwaysloose says: Jan 25, 2016 12:31 AM

    Congrats Carolina and condolences to the Card fans. Both teams had great season and yes, the Cardinals have lots of talent and pieces in place to groom a young qb because Palmer can’t hang in the post season. Finding a qb to groom isn’t easy but it can be done if you got a guy to teach them right and Arizona has that as Kubiak showed it can be done.

  106. guitarfreak21 says: Jan 25, 2016 12:51 AM

    Lets be honest. The pats were gonna lose if they made it, and so will the Broncos. The Panthers beat the version 2.0 Broncos in the Cardinals… elite defense, and offense more consistent than denver. Now they get an EASIER version of the same thing… Panthers win it all. GG it’s already over.

  107. allidoiswin55 says: Jan 25, 2016 1:26 AM

    The two best teams this year were Seattle and Carolina whoever won out of those elite teams was going to win it all anyways. The broncos offense is terrible period, they are still going up against a elite defense. They can absolutely score but if Manning can’t pass like Palmer can’t with his injury their is no chance for Denver. Ultimately you have to have a respectable offense which Denver does not have to go along with a decent offense. Seattle was #9 that year.

    Carolina while unconventional is basically running triple option wing T with some deep passing is hard to prepare for but with two weeks I suspect Denver to be prepared. For those mentioning how Denver was killed by the #1 defense of seattle let’s look back on stats Seattle was probably the very best defense of all time. Denver is not anywhere close to that at all. I mean one could argue Seattle this season on an off year was still the #1 defense bc they finished #1 in more than a few categories in particular points. Denver is sort of #1 this season and they are going up against a mobile qb not a statue who wants to out smart everyone so cams going to find something even if it’s just throwing his body on the line.

  108. unclediddles says: Jan 25, 2016 1:33 AM

    20 years I’ve sat through awful teams and even good ones, but I never thought as a Panthers fan I would see this in my life.

    For weeks when people questioned this team I kept myself calm by repeating, “either we are good enough to win it all, or we are not.” I got rewarded tonight but felt happier for the team.

    What a ride……i may have to take out a second mortgage to attend this game but I’m going.

  109. billh1947 says: Jan 25, 2016 6:41 AM

    The antics of Cam Newton last night after he scored were sickening,he acted like a little child whos never been in the endzone before and not an adult NFL player,look at me I’m Cam Newton, THE MAN,I’m so damn great it hurts. his arrogance was sickening.Go Denver!!

  110. realqc says: Jan 25, 2016 7:10 AM

    The Cardinals needed 3 more hours to win…. They just ran out of time.

  111. rje49 says: Jan 25, 2016 8:04 AM

    I don’t know who I’d like to see win the SB. I’m already sick of Cam’s idiotic showboating, and I’ve disliked the Broncos for ages; ever since Elway was drafted by the Colts and whined that he wouldn’t play for them.

  112. Dougy says: Jan 25, 2016 8:07 AM

    Amazing how all of sudden, just about everybody is jumping in the wagon after this Panthers rout. The same people who predicted that it was gonna be easily a Patriots-Cardinals superbowl. It shows how much they know the game, which is nothing. Go Broncos !!

  113. fredegrar says: Jan 25, 2016 9:01 AM

    What I saw on these comment sections last week: a whole bunch of Pats fans blowing hot air about how the Broncos didn’t stand a chance, and hardly a peep from Broncos fans going the other way.

    Now it looks like Carolina fans are going to be doing their best Pats fans impressions for the next two weeks. My theory is that people like to talk up their teams to cover up their feelings of insecurity about their chances. Or maybe they’re just blowhards. I don’t really know.

    At any rate, I’m looking forward to this game a lot. If nothing else, at least it will be a match-up that isn’t a regular season rematch. Yay for that!

  114. fanofpft says: Jan 25, 2016 10:08 AM

    The last Panthers win when Olsen scored a TD. There was a line of players forming for what must have been a planed celebration. Olsen wanted no part in it and walked off the other side.

  115. magnoliasimms says: Jan 25, 2016 10:20 AM

    fredegrar says:
    Jan 25, 2016 9:01 AM

    What I saw on these comment sections last week: a whole bunch of Pats fans blowing hot air about how the Broncos didn’t stand a chance, and hardly a peep from Broncos fans going the other way.

    Now it looks like Carolina fans are going to be doing their best Pats fans impressions for the next two weeks. My theory is that people like to talk up their teams to cover up their feelings of insecurity about their chances. Or maybe they’re just blowhards. I don’t really know.
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    They’re blowhards. I’m a huge Pats fan, always have been, but the Broncos defense was better yesterday. It was the battle of the defenses, both offenses stalled out. The Patriots’ o-line was a revolving door for their defense, and I knew that would be an issue. I knew it wouldn’t be an easy game.

    But I think Carolina will give the Broncos’ defense a run for their money. He’s not as easy to contain as Brady is. Brady has improved on his scrambling the last two years, but Cam Newton is much better at it. Their defensive front line will be a challenge for Carolina, but they have more options to deal with that pressure than the Patriots have.

    Unless the Broncos offense really steps up (they were just as terrible at the Patriots’ offense was), they won’t beat the Panthers.

  116. jgedgar70 says: Jan 25, 2016 12:03 PM

    Yes, Cam and us Panthers fans are getting really obnoxious. Let me explain why.

    This franchise is playing its 21st season. Already we have had to endure 1-15 in 2001, 2-14 in 2010, 4-12 in 1998, Rae Carruth, Fred Lane, the stupid signings of Sean Gilbert, Chuck Smith and Doug Evans, and the drafting of Rashard Anderson, Jason Peter, Stefan LaFors, Derrick Shelton, Jimmy Clausen and Armanti Edwards in the first 4 rounds of drafts. We had to endure John Fox telling his OC to “stop throwing the f-ing ball” and the insufferable “it is what it is” and “he’s got a knee” during pressers that would put amphetamine freaks to sleep. While there have been several good teams, only the 2003 and 2008 teams had genuine, legitimate chances to win the Super Bowl. And we’ve had to endure all this in a city largely made up of people who grew up in other cities, many of which not only stuck with the teams they were raised with, but they have actively demonized the local team and wore “My favorite team is whoever is playing the Panthers” like a badge of honor. (Some of these people have managed to acquire season tickets and seek out opposing teams’ fans to sell their tickets to in an attempt to ruin home field advantage).

    So those of us who have been with the team since the day in October 1993 when the Panthers were announced into existence by Paul Tagliabue, we feel like we have been to hell and back. We have longed for this. And yes, we’re yelling and screaming about it – just as fans of every team does when in this position.

    Hopefully you will understand……

  117. unclediddles says: Jan 25, 2016 9:55 PM

    +1 on the guy above’s Commments

    It’s has always been as if the rest of the nation scoffs that a small market team should be worthy of success.

  118. lapantherfan86 says: Jan 26, 2016 5:23 PM

    nfliferfan22 says:

    After watching this playground football game, I have never been more excited to watch the X-Files in my life!
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    Yet you commented on this same thread just minutes later…

    The truth is out there…and it is the Panthers.

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