The Arizona Cardinals live fanbase expected to be in the playoffs all season long. It just didn’t expect to watch Cardinals game from a distance and as in the NFC South Wild Card game. Meanwhile, the Carolina Panthers struggled through injuries and adversity this season to make a late-season push for the playoffs. Today’s NFC Wild Card game features two very different teams, two very different records, but one big goal: advance to Week 2. If you’re not near a TV to watch the NFC South Wild Card game live, you can watch Cardinals vs Panthers game live online NFC Wild Card game online free live stream as well.
Kickoff for today’s 4:35 EST / 1:35 PST from Carolina’s Bank of America Stadium. It will seem odd to watch NFC Wild Card game online free live or on TV and see it in Carolina. The Arizona Cardinals have an 11-5 record, while the Carolina Panthers have a 7-8-1 record and would seem to be suited as the road team.
In some respects it’s an appropriate positioning as we watch NFC Wild Card game online free live or on TV today. The Arizona Cardinals were an early season Super Bowl favorite with QB Carson Palmer firing on all cylinders. The Cardinals started the season 9-1, but two injuries to Palmer, the second a season-ending one, forced the Cardinals to their second-string QB. Since then the Cardinals have cycled through Drew Stanton, Ryan Lindley and Logan Thomas at QB, losing four of their previous six games in the process. As we watch Cardinals game online free or on TV today, it’s anyone’s guess which quarterback will see the most reps.
The Cardinals have lost their last two games, with Lindley playing well in Week 17 against the 49ers in spite of losing the game 17-20. However, the Carolina Panthers defense is ranked 11th in the league against the pass, so they’re surely licking their chops to take on whichever backup QB Arizona throws at them as we watch Panthers game live NFC Wild Card game today.
The QB situation for the Panthers is much different, with Cam Newton hitting his stride after a series of early-season injuries. Lingering ankle issues and rib discomfort got to Newton earlier this season, as did a back injury last month from his car wreck. Still, as we watch Panthers game live online free or on TV today we’ll see a quarterback that’s thrown for 3,127 yards and 18 TDs in spite of all that.
Two weeks ago Newton threw for 201 yards and a touchdown while also carrying the ball for 63 yards and another TD. In the Panthers’ 34-3 win over Atlanta last Sunday he had 114 yards passing and a TD while leading the team in rushing with 51 yards. Clearly Newton’s injuries are healed and he’s got himself, and the Panthers, peaking at the right time as we watch NFC Wild Card game online free live or on TV today.
With the Panthers peaking and the Cardinals floundering, today’s NFC South Wild Card game appropriately has Carolina as the home team. In spite of their record, the Panthers are favored by four points over the Cardinals.
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