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'We're not done yet' Panthers rout Cardinals, 49-15 for NFC title

(Jeff Siner | The Charlotte Observer) (Jeff Siner | The Charlotte Observer)
CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) -

Bring on Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers are ready for the Super Bowl, too.

Cam Newton threw for two touchdowns and ran for two others, and Carolina's big-play defense stifled Arizona's top-ranked offense in a 49-15 romp Sunday for the NFC championship.

The NFL's new top man at quarterback — Newton is an All-Pro this season — will lead the Panthers against five-time MVP Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl in two weeks.

It will be the first Super Bowl for Newton and the second trip to the big game for the Panthers (17-1), who lost to New England 12 years ago. Denver, of course, has made a habit of going to Super Bowls, reaching it for a record-tying eighth time.

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In the AFC title game, 39-year-old Peyton Manning threw two TD passes and Denver's defense pounded Tom Brady all day as the Broncos beat the New England Patriots 20-18 after intercepting a potential game-tying 2-point conversion pass by Brady with 12 seconds left.

the Panthers came up with seven turnovers, including Luke Kuechly returning an interception 22 yards for a touchdown with just over five minutes left in the game. Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer threw four interceptions.

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Chants of "Super Bowl! Super Bowl" rang out in the final minutes of the game.

Newton had a stellar day completing 19 of 28 passes for 335 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for 47 yards and two scores in dabbing his way to the NFL title game.

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With chants of "MVP, MVP, MVP!' ringing in his ears, all Cam Newton could do was let out a scream and raise his arms as he spoke into the microphone.

"I'm excited! I'm excited!" an elated Newton said. 

"We're not done yet," he said on the podium on the field as he and teammates smiled and took in the cheers of the hometown fans in accepting the conference title trophy.

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"We've just got to try to get some pressure on him," Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly said. "That's the biggest thing. You've got to try and get after them early and our guys do a great with that and we'll have a good play ready to go."

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Oddsmakers are now posting the Panthers as early 4-point favorites for the Super Bowl on Feb. 7 in Santa Clara, California.

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