On NFL Championship weekend, the league normally places the “game of the day” second in the schedule. Ironically enough, the earlier matchup between the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos was far more competitive than what everyone had assumed. The Arizona Cardinals were in for more than they bargained for as Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers demolished them 49-15 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.
From the inception, it was clear that the Cardinals were out of sync, blowing scoring opportunities and being dominated on both sides of the ball. Cardinals QB Carson Palmer was abysmal, throwing four interceptions, one of which was returned to the house by Luke Kuechly. On offense, Cam Newton showed the world why he is the 2015 NFL MVP throwing two touchdowns and running in another two. At the start of the 4th quarter, it was clear who the better team was as Panthers players celebrated and the Cardinals sulked on the other sideline.
Cam is headed to his first Super Bowl, while it is the second appearance for the franchise, as they lost to the Patriots at the big game back in 2003. Facing off against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, Super Bowl 50 is sure to be one for the books.
One can only imagine how mad Steve Smith Sr is right now. Watch highlights of the game HERE.