The Arizona Cardinals played in excellent form most of the 2015 season and through their first playoff game in the postseason. However, that all came to a screeching halt when the Carolina Panthers handed the Cardinals’ behinds to them on a platter in the NFC Championship round when Arizona lost (49-15).
Hoping for a chance for the Cardinals to redeem themselves, president Michael Bidwell didn’t hold back his excitement about a potential early-season televised matchup:
“Well, I think the league has a history of re-matching championship games early in the season, so I would expect that we’ll see a rematch early,” Bidwill said on KMVP-FM (h/t Conor Orr of NFL.com). “Hopefully it’s going to be on national television. I don’t care when it is, but I’d love to see that and we’ll have to go back there — hopefully with a pass rush — and have a much different result.”
A much different result indeed would be the plan. Carolina completely annihilated Arizona when the team inflicted one grizzly turnover after another during what was a horrific performance in particular from Carson Palmer.
Though, if the Cardinals sought payback, they got it in a minor way when the Panthers completely crumbled against the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50. For that, the Panthers are surely seeking a revenge matchup of their own in 2016 against the Broncos.
For fans, either one of both of these potential games landing on the schedule would make for some must-see NFL TV next fall.