The Carolina Panthers took advantage of the fact that the Arizona Cardinals did not have quarterback Kyler Murray and prevailed 34-10 thanks to his great defense and the timely appearance of Cam Newton in the red zone.
From the start of the game, the Panthers defense imposed its conditions. In the first quarter, defensive end Haason Reddick sacked quarterback Colt McCoy and snatched the ball from him. Cam Newton was used on plays in the red zone and opened the scoring with a QB sneak.
After a turnover on downs, Neton scored his second touchdown by throwing a two-yard pass to wide receiver Robby Anderson.. In the Cardinals’ next offensive series, cornerback Donte Jackson intercepted a McCoy pitch and the Panthers advanced 41 yards to the end zone.
Despite an interception thrown by PJ Walker, the Panthers increased their lead with field goals from Zane Gonzalez of 44, 48 and 49 yards before the end of the first half.
The defensive pressure from Carolina continued in the second half and led to two more turnover on downs, despite James Conner’s touchdown and a Matt Prater field goal. Zane Gonzalez set the final score with a 27-yard FG in the fourth quarter.
Similar to the 2015 NFC Championship
Historically, the Carolina Panthers and the Arizona Cardinals have met 19 times, with 14 wins for the felines. The last time the Panthers lost was October 6, 2013.
This victory was the sixth in a row. The most outstanding of those six games won by Carolina was in the NFC Championship of the 2015 season. Cam Newton shone in that game for the Panthers and they defeated them 49-15.
In NFL Week 11, the Panthers will look to beat the Washington Football Team at Bank of America Stadium and the Cardinals will have a divisional duel when they travel to Seattle to face the Seahawks at Lumen Field.
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The Panthers maintain their hegemony over the Cardinals