The Arizona Cardinals and the Carolina Panthers do battle for what would be the second Super Bowl berth in the history of each franchise, and NFL fans can watch live online streaming of the showdown when the top two teams in the NFC meet in the Conference Championship game Sunday evening. The game will be played in what is sure to be a snowy Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Charlotte was socked, like much of the east coast, with Winter Storm Jonas starting on Friday. But though the blizzard shut down highways and led to the cancellation of thousands of commercial flights — as well as leaving 18 people dead — the NFL says that Sunday's game will be played on schedule as the second game of Conference Championship Sunday, following the New England Patriots vs. Denver Broncos game in Denver earlier in the afternoon.
Grounds crews at Bank of America Stadium say they have prepared for the storm and will have the field dry and cleared of snow by Sunday.
Getting the snow off the tarp. Panthers will remove tarp tomorrow afternoon to let air circulate and dry th... https://t.co/JQWNYSQZMqOnce the game gets underway, experts expect, it will shape up as a duel of two premier NFL quarterbacks, both of them number one NFL draft picks — each with limited postseason experience.
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The Cardinals' Carson Palmer was picked by the Cincinnati Bengals out of the University of Southern California in 2003, but at age 36, and in his 12-year NFL career, he will be appearing in only his fourth playoff game. Last Saturday's dramatic, overtime win over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Divisional round game was the first playoff win of Palmer's career.
The Panthers' Cam Newton is 10 years younger than Palmer, and was drafted by Carolina in 2011 out of Auburn University. Sunday's game will be Newton's fifth playoff appearance, with a record of 2-2 — including a win in last year's NFC Wild Card game over the Arizona Cardinals.
But a injured Palmer did not play in that game, which was started by backup Ryan Lindley, as Carolina took a 27-16 victory.
Check out what Stephen A. Smith, Skip Bayles, and Molly Qerim of the ESPN First Take program think of the Cardinals-Panthers game in the video below.
To find out how to watch the Arizona Cardinals vs. Carolina Panthers NFC Championship game live online, see the streaming link in the final paragraph of this article. Kickoff is scheduled — weather permitting — for 6:40 p.m. Eastern Time, 3:40 Pacific, at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The Cardinals have been part of the NFL since before its inception, having been founded in 1920 as the Chicago Cardinals of the American Professional Football Association, which became the National Football League two years later. After moving to St. Louis in 1960, six years prior to the first Super Bowl, the Cardinals never appeared in the league's championship game until 2008 — their 21st season in Arizona.
They lost that Super Bowl to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
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The Panthers joined the NFL as an expansion team in 1995, making it to the NFC Championship game the following year. In the 2003 season, Carolina advanced all the way to Super Bowl, where they lost to the New England Patriots — meaning that Super Bowl 50 could end up as a rematch of that game.
Las Vegas oddsmakers see it that way, at least, favoring both the Panthers and the Patriots by three points in their respective games Sunday.
Pro Football Reference uses a statistical formula to determine the probability of each team winning the game — and the site gives the Panthers a 58 percent chance of beating the Cardinals.
The site FiveThirtyEight uses its own statistical method to determine win probabilities, and that formula gives the Panthers a 61 percent chance of emerging victorious.
Can the Carolina Panthers reach the Super Bowl game for only the second time in their 21-year history? Or will the Arizona Cardinals return to the NFL's championship game for the first time since 2008 — and only the second time in the history of that franchise.
To find out, watch the Arizona Cardinals vs. Carolina Panthers NFC Championship game live online from Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, with streaming video provided by Fox Sports Go at this link, or by downloading the Fox Sports Go app to watch on tablet computers. NFL games on Fox Sports Go are not available to watch on smartphones, due to contractual agreements. Fox Sports Go also streams live on the Amazon Fire TV device, allowing fans to watch the Cardinals vs. Panthers playoff game live online on their TV sets.
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