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Cam Newton (Carolina Panthers photo)

Cam Newton (Carolina Panthers photo)

Carolina  Panthers  logo  2Charlotte, N.C. — Quarterback Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers played both halves of the game Sunday and smothered the Arizona Cardinals 49-15. They won the NFC Championship and a ticket to Super Bowl 50.
Last week they racked up 31 points in the first half and spent the second half watching the Seattle Seahawks roll up 24 unanswered points unable to score again. They were one touchdown away from losing to the Hawks.
And what will they do against the Broncos with the number one defense in the NFL? Linebacker Von Miller will be factored in.
Anyway, the Panthers kicked off the first quarter with a Graham Gano 45-yard field goal to make the score 3-0, and by their next possession they ticked off a 22-yard touchdown by wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. to make the score 10-0. Next in their bag of tricks was an 86-yard Cam Newton pass to wide receiver Philly Brown to put them at 17-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Ariz CardinalStruggling to answer, the Cardinals and quarterback Carson Palmer mounted a drive that sent running back David Johnson up the middle for a one yard touchdown to make the score 17-7 mid second quarter.
At the 2 minute warning Panthers score again. Newton scrambles for a one yard touchdown to push the score up to 24-7 at halftime.
Opening up the second half the Panthers pick up another Gano field goal for 21 yards; now its 27-7.Mid third quarter Cam Newton runs 10 yards to the Arizona 13. Then the touchdown on a run around right end for 12 yards to boost it to 34-7.
As the fourth quarter opens the Cardinals score their last points, a touchdown from Palmer to tight end Darren Fells for 21 yards and a two point conversion by wide receiver J.J. Nelson to make it 34 to 15.
The rest of the game belonged to the Panthers, who scored 15 more points to add insult to injury.
Will these young energizer bunnies be able to over power the Broncos? They were stopped cold when the Hawks ramped up.
Super Bowl 50 kicks off 6:30 p.m. ET Sunday, Feb. 7, at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
The Denver Broncos are now 14-4 for the season, and the Panthers are 17-1.
The Broncos last played the Panthers Nov. 11, 2012, when they beat them 36-14. The two teams have met each other four times, starting in 1997, and the Broncos are 3-1 in the series. The Panthers defeated the Broncos 30-10 on Dec. 14, 2008.
Time of possession and who can hang onto the ball will be the big Super Bowl FACTOR. Bring it on.
Panthers Head Coach Ron Rivera was pleased with his team's win. (Carolina Panthers photo)

Panthers Head Coach Ron Rivera was pleased with his team’s win. (Carolina Panthers photo)

The Panthers celebrate. (Carolina Panthers photo)

The Panthers celebrate. (Carolina Panthers photo)

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