Arizona Cardinals @ Carolina Panthers – Sunday January 24th, 6:40pm EST, FOX
The NFC Championship game, the last game before the Super Bowl. This is Carson Palmer’s time to shine and Cam Newton’s chance to get a trip to the Super Bowl under his belt legitimizing him as one of the league’s best. The Carolina Panthers absolutely tore through the regular season going 15-1, earning home field advantage throughout the playoffs and beating the Seahwawks last week in a close one. This is their moment. The Cardinals are led by veteran quarterback Carson Palmer along with superstar wideout Larry Fitzgerald. The two have been lights out this year and led the Cardinals to an NFC West title. They survived a Hail Mary and overtime last week against the Green Bay Packers to make it this far. The duo may not have another shot at a Super Bowl title. Let’s see who Madden 16 predicts to win in our Madden 16 Playoff Preview.
The Arizona Cardinals did not mess around in this one early on. Carson Palmer drove right down the field and put his team in prime scoring position. He fired a pass which was caught in the endzone for an Arizona touchdown right out the gate. The play however was brought back due to a holding penalty which forced Arizona to settle for a field goal. Early 3-0 lead. Cam took the field but failed to muster up any attack as the 1st quarter ended 3-0. Carson Palmer then went on to make an incredible play where he fended off two defenders and launched one down the field to none other than Larry Fitzgerald for a 28 yard completion. The Cards tacked on another field goal despite Palmer’s efforts making it 6-0 before halftime. Cam started the second half with the ball and looked to lead a rejuvenated Carolina team down the field. With the Panthers driving, Cam threw one down the field but the Arizona defender made an unreal catch, intercepting Cam and keeping the Cards shutout bid alive. Palmer was unable to put points on the board when Cam finally got the Panthers offense going. With two minutes to go, the Panthers had the ball on the 3 yard line down 6-0. A burst by Stewart into the Arizona end zone finally put the Panthers on the board and gave them a 7-6 lead with just over a minute to go. Back to Palmer and Fitzgerald. The two combined for two receptions in the comeback bid of a drive before an improbably play happened. Carson Palmer was setting up the game winning field goal when he was sacked and…Fumble! The ball was loose, if the Panthers recover they win the game and go to the Super Bowl. Fortunately, the Cardinals recovered and survived to knock a third field goal through the uprights at time expired giving them the 9-7 win and sending them to Super Bowl 50. Cardinals – Broncos to the Super Bowl as per our Madden 16 Playoff Preview. Madden 16 Playoff Preview Highlights https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmPBFrS8Loc https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggzX4kWeMoY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjpdbBbZKBA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YC6o5TM1pqs
The Final Score
Arizona Cardinals (9) @ Carolina Panthers (7)