The game was effectively over in the first half, with the Panthers jumping out to a 28–0 lead after 30 minutes. Ted Ginn starred early for Carolina, catching two touchdown passes for 74 and 46 yards in the first quarter.
Cam Newton continued his MVP-caliber campaign, completing 15 of 21 passes for 265 yards and three touchdowns.
The Dolphins, Broncos, 2005 Colts and Saints all won the Super Bowl. The Patriots and 2009 Colts lost in the big game, while the 2011 Packers were knocked out in the divisional round of the playoffs.
Check back later for Don Banks’s Snap Judgments from the scene in Charlotte.