PANTHERS TO THE SUPER BOWL

"We were attacking all day," said Manning.

In just their ninth season of existence, the Carolina Panthers are going to the Super Bowl. The Panthers beat the Philadelphia Eagles 14-3 Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field.

Carolina took advantage of four interceptions, three by rookie cornerback Ricky Manning.

"They aren't going to be denied," said Panthers head coach John Fox, now 3-0 in the postseason.

The first quarter was scoreless as both teams punted twice. The first score of the game was on first-and-10 from the Philadelphia 24-yard line, Jake Delhomme under-threw wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad, who came back against double coverage and caught the touchdown pass in the front of the end zone.

The Eagles answered with a 14-play, 44-yard drive that culminated with a 41-yard field goal by David Akers, but Eagles quarterback McNabb suffered a rib injury when Panthers linebacker Greg Favors tackled him after a seven-yard loss.

On the opening drive of the second half, the Eagles drove to the Panthers 18-yard line, but Ricky Manning picked off McNabb for the second time at the 14-yard line and returning it two yards.

"We were attacking all day," said Manning.

After another Manning interception stopped the Eagles again and the Panthers were scored with 4:18 remaining in the third quarter as running back DeShaun Foster broke five tackles and reaching over the goal line on a one-yard run.

The Eagles final threat ended midway through the fourth quarter when backup quarterback Koy Detmer was intercepted by Dan Morgan at the Carolina 11-yard line.

The Panthers will play the AFC representative New England Patriots, who improved to 16-2 after defeating the Indianapolis Colts 24-14 earlier Sunday.

"I'm going to try not to think about the Patriots tonight so I can at least get some sleep," said Delhomme. "I don't want to think about that defense just yet."


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