Team Stats

  • Total Yards

    • ARI 287
    • 476 CAR
  • Turnovers

    • ARI 7
    • 1 CAR
  • Possession

    36:39 23:21
  • 1st Downs

    • ARI 21
    • 21 CAR

Game Information

Bank of America Stadium
Coverage: FOX
  • Charlotte, NC 28202
  • Line: CAR -3.0
  • Over/Under: 47
Attendance: 74,294
Capacity: 73,778
Referees: Joe Larrew, Terrence Miles, Kent Payne, Bill Vinovich, Byron Boston, Dan Ferrell, Steve Zimmer
1/25/2016 Associated Press

Newton, Panthers maul Cards to reach Super Bowl

Cam Newton totaled four touchdowns, and Carolina's defense forced six turnovers to stifle Arizona's top-ranked offense in a 49-15 romp Sunday to win the NFC championship.

Scoring Summary

first QuarterARICAR
Graham Gano 45 Yd Field Goal
8 plays, 39 yards, 3:56
Ted Ginn Jr. 22 Yd Run (Graham Gano Kick)
5 plays, 49 yards, 3:16
Corey Brown 86 Yd pass from Cam Newton (Graham Gano Kick)
3 plays, 88 yards, 0:59
second QuarterARICAR
David Johnson 1 Yd Run (Chandler Catanzaro Kick)
10 plays, 79 yards, 6:03
Cam Newton 1 Yd Run (Graham Gano Kick)
5 plays, 46 yards, 2:49
third QuarterARICAR
Graham Gano 21 Yd Field Goal
11 plays, 80 yards, 7:10
Cam Newton 12 Yd Run (Graham Gano Kick)
8 plays, 79 yards, 4:11
fourth QuarterARICAR
Darren Fells 21 Yd pass from Carson Palmer (J.J. Nelson Run for Two-Point Conversion)
10 plays, 80 yards, 2:52
Devin Funchess 5 Yd pass from Cam Newton (Cam Newton Pass to Mike Tolbert for Two-Point Conversion)
9 plays, 84 yards, 6:12
Luke Kuechly 22 Yd Interception Return (Graham Gano Kick)
1 play, 0 yards, 0:15

Research Notes

  • Cam Newton's 88.4 Total QBR was 83.4 points better than Carson Palmer's Sunday. That's the 2nd-largest Total QBR disparity in a single postseason game in the last 10 seasons, bested only by another Cardinals/Panthers game. In the 2008 Divisional Playoffs, Kurt Warner had a Total QBR 85.6 points better than Jake Delhomme, whose 0.7 mark is the worst of any player in a single postseason game in the last 10 seasons.

  • The Panthers have scored 80 points in their first two postseason games. That's tied for the 3rd-most points by any team in its first two postseason games since the AFL/NFL merger in 1970. Only the 1990 Bills (95) and the 1994 49ers (82) scored more.

  • From Elias: Carson Palmer's 6 turnovers tied the all-time record in a playoff game. He's the 8th player to do it.

  • Luke Kuechly is the first player in the Super Bowl era to return an interception for a touchdown in consecutive playoff games. He's one of four players in the Super Bowl era with multiple pick-sixes in a single postseason, and the first linebacker. The other three players are Asante Samuel (2006), Dwight Smith (2002) and Aeneas Williams (2001).

  • Carson Palmer became the 2nd quarterback in the last 15 seasons to throw 3 4th-quarter interceptions in a postseason game (Brett Favre - 2011 Divisional Round at Rams). Palmer threw four 4th-quarter picks this postseason after throwing just 1 during the regular season.The Cardinals lost 3 fumbles in the 1st half Sunday, tied for their most fumbles in any half in the last 15 seasons including playoffs. It is also just the 3rd time in the last 15 postseasons that a team lost 3 fumbles in a single half (Bears in 2006 Super Bowl, Bengals in 2015 Wild Card).Larry Fitzgerald had 2 drops Sunday, matching his total during the regular season. It is Fitzgerald's first game with multiple drops since Week 1 of 2009 against the 49ers. He did not have any drops in his previous 8 postseason games.

  • Cam Newton went 4-of-7 for 208 yards a touchdown (and interception) passing 20 or more yards downfield Sunday. Newton was 4-of-12 for 120 yards a touchdown and an interception on such passes in his postseason career prior to Sunday.

  • Cam Newton had struggled against the Cardinals blitz in his career, with all 12 of his sacks and 4 of his 5 interceptions in those games coming against extra pass rushers. Newton threw both his touchdowns against the blitz Sunday and didn't take a sack.

  • Cam Newton: 1st player in Super Bowl Era (since 1966) with 300 Pass yards and multiple rush TD in a postseason game

  • Panthers: at least 100 Rush yds in 31 straight games (including postseason), 3rd-longest streak since merger

  • Cam Newton: 86-yard TD pass to Corey BrownLast TD pass of at least 86 yards in a conference championship was by Brett Favre, 2007 NFC Championship against Giants-- 90 yards to Donald Driver


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