The Arizona Cardinals were hoping to at least put up a good fight in the NFC championship game against the Carolina Panthers. However, quarterback Cam Newton the Panthers’ dreaded defense were just too good on Sunday night as Carolina beat Arizona in a one-sided affair, 49-15.
While the Cardinals lost on the field, they showed their class off it and “won the internet” with a simple post on Twitter:
The Michael Jordan-inspired meme is now of course one of the most famous images on the Internet which fans have always used to make fun of losing athletes or teams.
On a more serious note, the Cardinals continued to show class on Twitter by congratulating their rivals and even called Newton and the rest of the Panthers, “a heck of a team”.
The Cardinals also thanked their fans on the social media site:
Newton finished with 335 passing yards for the night on 19-of-28 completions with 2 touchdowns and an interception plus two rushing TDs. Wide receivers Greg Olsen and Corey Brown also had big nights with 113 receiving yards each.
Cardinals QB Carson Palmer struggled for 235 passing yards on 23-of-40 completions with a lone touchdown and 4 interceptions plus 2 fumbles.
Newton and the Panthers will face off with veteran quarterback Peyton Manning and the rest of the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7, 2016 at the Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
“Playing the sheriff. We’re going to live in the moment right now. We’re going to be excited.” Newton said via ESPN when asked of the veteran QB, who is playing in his fourth Super Bowl. Newton will be playing in his first NFL championship game and the Carolina franchise will be appearing in the Super Bowl for the second time.
“We won as a team. We came out here and fought our tails off and we did what a lot of people said we couldn’t do. It’s not over yet. We’ll be ready to go in two weeks.”
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