The NFC Championship game takes the late position in today's NFL Playoffs semifinal round. After the AFC Championship is decided in the afternoon between the New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos, the NFC's title contest will be played in a snowy night game between the Arizona Cardinals and the Carolina Panthers.
The game features the top two teams in the league this year, with Arizona finishing the regular season 13-3 while the Panthers only lost once to end the regular season 15-1. The game will also feature two quarterbacks in discussion for the league MVP award this season, with Arizona's Carson Palmer likely finishing behind Carolina's Cam Newton for the honor. Palmer, who is dealing with an index finger on his throwing hand that was dislocated during a game last month, has not been as sharp as he was early in the season, but he is doing enough to keep the Cardinals in games, and, ultimately, winning those games.
Carolina will rely on Newton, who has been doing everything this year. He has picked up the Panthers, who finished 2014 with a 7-8-1 (which was the second time in NFL history a team won their division with a losing record). Newton has used his arm and his legs to get Carolina to this point, and could have the team on their way to their second Super Bowl appearance in team history.
Arizona, who could also be headed to their second Super Bowl appearance in franchise history, have the reigning Coach of the Year in Bruce Arians. The Panthers' Ron Rivera won the award the year prior. And Arians won it the year before that for his performance with the Indianapolis Colts when Chuck Pagano had to miss time due to a cancer diagnosis. Basically, the two top coaches from the last three years, according to the Associated Press, will be facing off in this game.
Here is everything you need to know to watch tonight's contest:
Cardinals vs. Panthers
Where: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NC
When: Sunday, January 24, 6:40pm ET
Announcers: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman
Radio: Cardinals Radio Network | Panthers Radio Network
Online Streaming: FOXSportsGo
Odds: The Panthers opened as a 4-point favorite. The line dropped to a field goal, and has settled there, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.
Cardinals blog: Revenge of the Birds
Panthers blog: Cat Scratch Reader