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Cardinals Gameday: NFC Championship


The top two seeds in the NFC square off this week for a trip to Super Bowl 50 as the Cardinals head to Carolina for a matchup with the Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. 

The teams have met twice before in the postseason, both in Carolina. The Cardinals won a Divisional round game after the 2008 season on their way to Super Bowl XLIII and then the Panthers defeated Arizona in the Wild Card round last year. 

The game will also mark the first time in NFL playoff history that two Heisman Trophy winning QBs will start against each other, as Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (2002) meets Panthers QB Cam Newton (2010). 

Carolina advanced last Sunday with a 31-24 win over the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Divisional playoff round.

The Panthers are coming off of the best regular season in franchise history. Carolina posted a franchise-best 15-1 record and secured the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs. 

This week’s NFC Championship Game marks the 15th all-time meeting between the Cardinals and Panthers, including the third postseason matchup. The postseason series between the teams is knotted up at 1-1. The Panthers lead the all-time series 9-5. 

Both NFL Conference Championship games will be broadcast Sunday by Tucson News Now stations beginning with the AFC Championship between the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos on KOLD-CBS-13 at 1:05 p.m. Tucson time and followed by the Cardinals and Panthers on KMSB-FOX-11 at 4:40 p.m.

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