Panthers & Broncos Win, Will Meet In Super Bowl 50
The Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers each won their respective conference title games to advance to Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7. Here's a recap of the action from Sunday.
Carolina 49, Arizona 15
Cam Newton passed for two touchdowns and ran for two more, and the Carolina Panthers routed the Arizona Cardinals, 49-15, in the NFC Championship Game in Charlotte on Sunday night.
The Panthers jumped out to a 17-0 lead in the first quarter on Sunday, and they never allowed Arizona to get back into the game. Carolina’s defense forced seven turnovers, including six by Cardinals’ quarterback Carson Palmer, while completing the rout.
Denver, 20, New England 18
Cornerback Bradley Roby intercepted Tom Brady's 2-point conversion attempt with 12 seconds to play, and the Broncos held on to beat the New England Patriots, 20-18, in the AFC Championship Game in Denver on Sunday afternoon. The win over the defending Super Bowl champs allowed the Broncos to advance to their second Super Bowl in three years and eighth in franchise history.
Denver never trailed in the game thanks to an inspired performance by quarterback Peyton Manning, who advanced to play in the fourth Super Bowl of his career. The Broncos defense dominated the game, pressuring Brady all afternoon and sacking him four times.