The 16-1 Carolina Panthers are at home against the 14-3 Arizona Cardinals today. Kickoff time for the NFC Championship Game is 6:40 PM ET and will be carried on FOX.
With home field advantage, a fan base that is rabid and aching for a chance at a second appearance in a Super Bowl, the return of running back Jonathan Stewart and frontrunner for the 2015 NFL MVP award QB Cam Newton at the helm, many are expecting a smashmouth game.
To say that Carolina is riding high with such a superb season thusfar would be an understatement. The Panthers Nation is CRAY-CRAY with excitement.
Today’s game will be the team’s fourth trip to the NFC Championship and their first time to host the game. It also represents the first time two Heisman Trophy-winning quarterbacks face off in a playoff game.
Fans are heartened by the fact that many like ESPN’s David Purdum favor the Panthers over the Cardinals. Vegas oddsmakers are likewise picking Denver to fall to the Patriots.
If the “sports experts” are right that would set the stage for a
rematch grudge match between the Cats and the Pats from Super Bowl
XXXVIII. Don’t remember that one? Let me help you out. That’s the one that had the controversial
half-time show in which Janet Jackson had a “wardrobe malfunction” and her
breast was ever so briefly exposed.
And since no football post would be complete without some pom-poms, please enjoy some of the lovely Top Cats cheerleaders.