The Arizona Cardinals are preparing to take on the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Championship game on Jan. 24th. This game is hugely significant because neither the Cardinals nor the Panthers have won a Super Bowl in their individual franchise histories, and the winner of the Conference Championship will advance to Super Bowl 50 to take on either the Denver Broncos, or the New England Patriots.
The Panthers have been favorites to win the Super Bowl for quite some time, especially because they’ve only lost one game this entire season. Additionally, quarterback Cam Newton has been a strong candidate for league MVP for the past few months. But can Newton and the Panthers take on Cardinals’ quarterback Carson Palmer and the mighty offense for a shot at Super Bowl 50?
“That’s the game you live for,” said Panthers’ cornerback Josh Norman. “Licking my chops. I know he is a great quarterback — that’s why I’m so amped.”
Palmer is projected to rake in high numbers on Sunday as redemption to last week’s game against the Green Bay Packers in the Divisional Rounds, when he “played it safe” and almost lost the Cardinals their chance to advance further into postseason.
“I think just wanting it so bad, maybe too bad and being tentative,” Palmer said. “That’s not my style. That’s not our head coach’s style. This is not a tentative offense and I think being tentative bit us in the butt in the first half, and we came out with a different mindset, and I came out with a different mindset at halftime.”
Palmer managed 195 yards in 15 completions in the second half alone, giving the Cardinals the extra edge for the victory. In addition to Palmer, the Cardinals’ offense is loaded with talent like wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, and running back Chris Johnson, who may finally be active after fully recovering from a broken leg. The Panthers will need to rely heavily on their defense in order to keep their Super Bowl 50 dreams alive.