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Quarterback Cam Newton and his prowling Panthers shut the Hawks out in the first half and then didn’t score in the second half as the Hawks put together 24 points but ran out of time.
Cam Newton and his Panthers blew out the Hawks from the first possession of the game when running back Jonathan Stewart ran 59 yards and ended up with the first of his two touchdowns. Then, Luke Kuechly intercepted Hawk quarterback Russell Wilson and ran a 14-yard pick six to bump the score up to 14-0. The first half Panther barrage continued with Stewart’s second touchdown putting them at 21-0. Greg Olsen’s final touchdown of the half and Graham Gano’s 48-yard field goal gave the Panthers their 31 point lead at halftime.
The Hawks missed a 55-yard field goal and went to the locker room in shut out city.
And then, folks, the Panthers got stopped cold in the second half and watched from Punt Out City as quarterback Russell Wilson and the Seahawks kicked into high gear.
The Hawks roared out into their opening possession with a touchdown pass from Wilson to Jermaine Kearse — his first of the half. Wilson threw three touchdown passes and completed for 366 yards. By the time Wilson spiked the ball to stop the clock at 1:21 to go in the game the Hawks had scored 21 points and kicker Steven Hauschka hit a 36-yard field goal to make it 31-24. With 1:07 left Hauschka tried an offside kick which the Panthers recovered, so they won the game.
The 16-1 Panthers will host the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC championship game next Sunday for a chance to play the Super Bowl. The Cardinals defeated the Green Bay Packers 26-20 in overtime Saturday at Phoenix, Ariz. The Cards are now 14-3.