Cam Newton, the Carolina Panthers quarterback, took his game to a whole new level Sunday as his team routed the Arizona Cardinals 49-15 to win the NFC championship. With the dominating victory, the Panthers secured a berth in next month’s Super Bowl.
Super Bowl 50 will now feature a contest between Cam Newton’s Panthers and Peyton Manning’s Denver Broncos, who defeated the New England Patriots earlier Sunday. It was a historic night for Carolina who clinched only their second Super Bowl berth in franchise history after finishing an impressive 15-1 in the regular season. |Final Box Score|
Newton, arguably the best quarterback in the NFL today, threw for two touchdowns and ran for two others as the Cardinals had no answer to the persistent attack. Carolina made major defensive stops down the stretch against Cardinals, who entered the game with the league’s top-ranked offense.
WATCH Video Above: Cam Newton runs through the Cardinals offense
Exactly 12 years ago, the Panthers suffered a heartbreaking loss to the Patriots in their first-ever Super Bowl appearance. This time around, they won’t be facing the Patriots, but instead the Broncos who will make their NFL record-tying eighth Super Bowl appearance.
Deepest team in football…
The Panthers proved why they are the best and possibly the deepest team in all of pro football. Despite losing key players such as linebacker Thomas Davis (arm injury) and safety Roman Harper (eye injury), the Panthers cruised to the NFC Championship Game without breaking a sweat.
Ted Ginn Jr, the former Cardinals wide receiver, wrote the perfect redemption song with an amazing 22-yard touchdown on a reverse run. Remember, Ginn Jr. was released by Arizona last season.
Another highlight play came when Corey Brown executed an 86-yard touchdown catch, despite the deep speed that the Cardinals receivers are known for. There was nothing that Arizona could do to stop the amped-up Panthers.
Kurt Coleman, Luke Kuechly and Tre Boston were all integral in a Panthers victory that was heavily expected by oddmakers prior to Sunday’s game.
In a few days, Cam Newton would receive the much-needed validation with the MVP trophy.
Stay tuned for post-match analysis and quotes.