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first_img Top Stories Whoever it is, however, they will be all that stands in the way between Arizona and Super Bowl 50. But before that game, the Panthers and Seahawks have to duke it out in what is expected to be a very tight matchup.“No,” Cardinals QB Carson Palmer said when asked if he’d rather face one team or the other. “I’m excited to watch and see.” Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires – / 40 GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Arizona Cardinals are glad to be playing another game next week.Winners of their NFC Divisional Round playoff game Saturday over the Green Bay Packers, they have advanced to the NFC Championship Game and will face either the No. 1 seeded Carolina Panthers in Charlotte or the No. 6 seeded Seattle Seahawks in Glendale.The Panthers finished the season 15-1; the Seahawks were 10-6.Any preference? The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact “I can see either one,” linebacker Kevin Minter said. “Obviously we owe Seattle, but we also owe Carolina from last year. I am ready for either one.”Rookie David Johnson said he would prefer the Seahawks because that matchup would offer “another redemption,” but remember, he was not with the team for last season’s playoff loss.The Panthers-Seahawks game will kick off at 11:05 a.m. Arizona time, roughly 13 hours after the Cardinals put the finishing touches on their own victory.In the Panthers, the Cardinals would be facing a team that beat them in last year’s Wild Card Round, 27-16. Carolina has the likely league MVP in quarterback Cam Newton, an effective running game and a dynamic group of linebackers and cornerbacks.The Seahawks, meanwhile, beat the Cardinals 36-6 in a Week 17 matchup in Arizona. The NFC’s representative in the last two Super Bowls, they have proven to be if not the Cardinals’ rivals, then their nemesis over the last few seasons. With quarterback Russell Wilson, a healthy Marshawn Lynch at running back and their own dominant defense, they would also present a stiff challenge.Veteran linebacker Dwight Freeney said “it doesn’t matter” who the team plays, and that’s probably the best attitude to take given the Cardinals have zero say in who their opponent will be. Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart (28) runs against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img

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