Panthers-Cardinals: Keys for Advancing to the NFC Championship

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Panthers-Cardinals: Keys for Advancing to the NFC Championship

This is a big game for both the Carolina Panthers and Arizona Cardinals. This game holds no "win or lose, we'll get 'em next time" cliche in it. It's "do or die time, sink or swim, win and go on to the next round or stay home"—any number of cliches you might care to make.

Both teams have made a case as to why they deserve to be in the position they are in.

The Panthers gave the Giants a run for their money two weeks ago, forcing the game into overtime, where the Giants' Brandon Jacobs was finally able to drive the final blow into the Panthers defensive efforts.

One week later, the Panthers would lead the New Orleans Saints by 13 points midway through the fourth quarter of the regular season finale, where the Saints would go on an unanswered 14-point drive to lead the game by one point with two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.

Jake Delhomme would make an awesome 39-yard connection with wide receiver Steve Smith, which would eventually set Kasay up to attempt a 41-yard field goal.

"...The snap, the kick, and it is gooooood!!! John Kasay kicks the Panthers to an NFC South division title and a number two seed in the playoffs!"

The Panthers will again play host to the Cardinals. Here are six keys to the Panthers success, and four keys to the Cardinals success in this matchup of "win or go home."

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