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Cam Newton’s No. 1 concern: Cardinals, not Super Bowl

Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers celebrates after

Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers celebrates after defeating the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Bank of America Stadium on Jan. 17, 2016 in Charlotte, N.C. Credit: Getty Images / Grant Halverson

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Panthers are one game away from the Super Bowl.

Cam Newton isn’t thinking about that.

“Everybody is trying to make it Super Bowl, Super Bowl, Super Bowl,” the quarterback said after Sunday’s 31-24 win over the Seahawks. “But the truth of the matter is we’re not going to have the opportunity if we don’t hone in and make [next week] the most important game we play.”

That would be the game against the Cardinals on Sunday back here at Bank of America Stadium. It’ll be the first time the Panthers host an NFC Championship Game.

“They say to get something that you never got you have to do something you’ve never done before,” Newton said. “For us, we’ve never had that vibe in the streets of Charlotte and I expect nothing less [from the fans] than what we saw today. It was an unbelievable atmosphere. That’s the thing about playoff football. I was describing to my family yesterday while watching the Patriots game [on TV] and the cameras panned to the fans. You don’t get that in Week 2, Week 4, Week 16. It’s just something different when you’re playing in a playoff game.”

So imagine what it might be like at the Super Bo . . . stop right there!

“A lot of people are viewing it wrong,” Newton said. “We’re not one game away. We’re not worried about the Super Bowl. That’s irrelevant. Right now we’re focused on the Arizona Cardinals. Great win today, great team win today. We’ve just got to put it together to find a way to win.”

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