NFC Championship Game Preview: Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers

The NFL Playoffs continue with an NFC Divisional round matchup featuring the 2nd-seeded Arizona Cardinals visiting the 1st-seeded Carolina Panthers. The ITP editors have collected our coverage of these two teams from the 2015 season.


In a preview of their game against the San Francisco 49ers, Mark Schofield showed how Arizona attacks the Cover 2 defense.

The St. Louis Rams were able to top the Cardinals early in the season. Dave Archibald shows how their defense accomplished the feat. 

Schofield highlights a fourth quarter touchdown drive Arizona’s defense allowed to the Rams.

The Cardinals’ ground game can dominate as shown here in their win over the Detroit Lions.

In a preview of their matchup with the Baltimore Ravens, Schofield illustrates how Arizona utilizes wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

A big throw from Carson Palmer to JJ Nelson helped the Cardinals secure their win over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Sal Conti demonstrates how the Cardinals’ third down offense is one of the main reasons Arizona has been successful this season.

Brian Filipiak shows us how Arizona’s ground game uses motion before the snap, and a future Hall of Fame receiver to excel.

Look for Calais Campbell after successful field goals to see his signature move.

Chuck Zodda explains why Chandler Catanzaro is the next great NFL kicker.

The Arizona passing game is impressive and Schofield breaks down the concepts they employ.


Mark Schofield illustrates the ways the Panthers offense utilizes tight end Greg Olsen in a preview of their matchup with the Houston Texans.

Carolina’s defense is one of the main reasons they went 15-1 in the regular season, and Dave Archibald looked at the unit going into their game against the New Orleans Saints.

Cam Newton faced a challenge when he faced off against the Seattle Seahawks, and Schofield stressed that the quarterback must remain patient in order to succeed.

Defensive lineman Jared Allen can cause major problem for opposing offensive linemen, and his injury hurts the Panthers pass rush.

Newton delivered a beautiful pass to wide receiver Corey Brown in their Week 9 game against the Green Bay Packers.

Linebacker Luke Kuechly is a star, and Archibald examines the two interceptions by Kuechly against the Dallas Cowboys to show what he can do in pass coverage.

This fourth quarter touchdown pass from Newton to Jerricho Cotchery was a game winner against the Saints.

The Panthers’ offensive line was considered the best in the NFL by Brandon Thorn and Duke Merryweather.

Newton’s favorite target is Olsen, but Corey Brown has emerged as a crucial part of the Panthers passing attack.

Enjoy the Arizona Cardinals at Carolina Panthers game!

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