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Panthers get first playoff win with Cam Newton, 27-16 over Cardinals

Panthers get first playoff win with Cam Newton, 27-16 over Cardinals

Luke Kuechly knew Carolina’s defense didn’t have much bite earlier in the season. The Panthers middle linebacker said that made Saturday all the more special. Carolina limited Arizona to 78 yards and forced three turnovers in a 27-16 win, the franchise’s first postseason victory in nine years. Those are the fewest yards ever given up in an NFL postseason game. The NFL record had been held by the New York Giants, who limited Cleveland to 86 yards in 1958. The Panthers (8-8-1) held Arizona to 12 yards in the second half, intercepted Ryan Lindley twice and sacked him four times in a dominating performance. Carolina’s defense has gone from 27th in the league...

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