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Panthers Celebrate First Playoff Victory In Nine Years

A group photo of the Panthers.
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The Carolina Panthers and their fans celebrated the team's first playoff victory in nine years over the weekend.  They beat the Arizona Cardinals, 27-16, in the first round of the NFC Playoffs Saturday.

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton says the team had stretches of good play against the Cardinals, but they have to step up their game.

“This one was great for a lot of reasons,” Newton says. “Yet, we didn't come here just to end it.  We have to have a great week of practice.  The things we didn't do great we have to come back and get coached up and ready to go.”

The Panthers held Arizona to 77 yards of offense. That’s the lowest total in playoff history.

Panthers head coach Ron Rivera says the team still has work to do.

“We got a tough one coming up next week.  But the bottom line is we're playing well at the right time,” Rivera says. “We're going to come in and approach it just like we have the last five weeks.  We're going to work on the things we need to work on.  We're going to work on our fundamentals.”

The Panthers will take a road trip next weekend to face Seattle for the right to play in the NFC Championship game.

Gurnal Scott joined North Carolina Public Radio in March 2012 after several stops in radio and television. After graduating from the College of Charleston in his South Carolina hometown, he began his career in radio there. He started as a sports reporter at News/Talk Radio WTMA and won five Sportscaster of the Year awards. In 1997, Gurnal moved on to television as general assignment reporter and weekend anchor for WCSC-TV in Charleston. He anchored the market's top-rated weekend newscasts until leaving Charleston for Memphis, TN in 2002. Gurnal worked at WPTY-TV for two years before returning to his roots in radio. He joined the staff of Memphis' NewsRadio 600 WREC in 2004 eventually rising to News Director. In 2006, Raleigh news radio station WPTF came calling and he became the station's chief correspondent. Gurnal’s reporting has been honored by the South Carolina Broadcasters Association, the North Carolina Associated Press, and the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas.
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