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8 things you need to know about the NFC Championship Game

The Carolina Panthers and Arizona Cardinals will meet in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday, Jan. 24 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. Here are eight things you need to know about the two teams as they fight for a spot in Super Bowl 50.

The Panthers and Cardinals met in last year's
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The Panthers and Cardinals met in last year's NFC wild-card round. The 7-8-1 Panthers outgained the Cardinals in total yards, 386-78, en route to a 27-16 win at Bank of America Stadium. Third-string quarerback Ryan Lindley started for Arizona after season-ending injuries to Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton, and the San Diego State product completed 16 of 29 passes for 82 yards (51 net passing yards after sacks), a touchdown and two interceptions. The Panthers defense had four sacks and three forced fumbles, Jonathan Stewart rushed for 123 yards and a touchdown, and Cam Newton completed 18 of 32 passes for 198 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.

The Panthers have the top scoring offense in
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The Panthers have the top scoring offense in the league (31.2 points), while the Cardinals have the second-best (30.6). The Cardinals' defense ranks fifth in yards allowed (5,147) and sixth in points allowed per game (19.5), while the Panthers are sixth in yards allowed (5,167) and fifth in points allowed per game (19.2).

This is the first time two Heisman-winning quarterbacks
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This is the first time two Heisman-winning quarterbacks have met in a conference championship game. Carson Palmer won the award in 2002 at USC, and Cam Newton won it in 2010 at Auburn.

Three players remain from the Cardinals' Super Bowl
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Three players remain from the Cardinals' Super Bowl XLIII team: Larry Fitzgerald, Calais Campbell (pictured) and Lyle Sendlein. Only Thomas Davis remains from the Panthers team that reached the NFC Championship Game in 2005.

Larry Fitzgerald has a chance to climb to
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Larry Fitzgerald has a chance to climb to second on the all-time postseason receiving touchdown list. The 12-year veteran has 10 scores in eight playoff games, two behind John Stallworth (who had 12 in 12 games). Jerry Rice is No. 1 with 22.

Jonathan Stewart missed the final two games of
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Jonathan Stewart missed the final two games of the regular season with an ankle injury but returned to run for 106 yards (including 59 on the game's first play from scrimmage) and two touchdowns against the Seahawks. That was his third 100-yard game of the season and second game with two rushing touchdowns.

Deone Bucannon leads the Cardinals with 109 total
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Deone Bucannon leads the Cardinals with 109 total tackles and is tied for the team lead in forced fumbles (three) and fumble recoveries (two). The linebacker/safety hybrid also returned an interception 39 yards for a touchdown in Week 15 against the Eagles.

The Panthers forced a league-high 39 turnovers in
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The Panthers forced a league-high 39 turnovers in 2015. Kurt Coleman led the team with seven interceptions, while Luke Kuechly, Thomas Davis and Josh Norman all had four. Norman, Roman Harper, Kony Ealy and Kawann Short were tied for the team lead in fumble recoveries with two apiece.

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