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  • CHARLOTTE, N.C. The Panthers havebeen the Flawle s Felines thisseason. But being the Cardiac Cats again will suit them better as they try to reachSuper Bowl 50.Carolina got astep closer Sunday;one step awaywith its 31-24win over Seattlein the NFL divisional playoffs. The reward is hosting another difficult NFC West foe, Arizona, in Ray-Ray Armstrong Jersey next Sundays conference championship game.MORE: How Panthers handled Seahawks | PHOTOS: Best of divisional roundAnd thatshowit should be.The Panthers andCardinals were the best teams in the NFC this season. Butthere has beenunderlying concern for fans of the top-seededPanthers:Their team doesnt match upwell with the No. 2-seededCardinals.That worrydidnt ease up much after the Panthers nearly blew all of a 31-0 halftime lead Sunday. But don't forgetthat the ability to survivein the playoffs is just as valuable as the resilience needed to come back.The scare that Ru sell Wilson and the Seahawks created with theirsecond-half rally isa scenario Panthers have snuffed out many Deion Sanders Jersey times before. See Aaron Rodgers Packers, Andrew Lucks Colts, Drew Brees Saints and Eli Mannings Giants.Coach Ron Riveranoticesthepattern."Those all came against very good quarterbacks who were able to do things against us, Rivera said. "Part of it is when you get a big lead, you have to learn to not relax. You have to learn to continue to attack.Everything that did notbeat the Panthers in thosegames has made them stronger for Carson Palmer and the Cardinals. They'llsee on film that theyre about to face their most relentle s opponent yet.Panthers middle linebacker Luke Kuechly, whose early pick-six of Wilson stood up as the difference, knows what to expect. He saw the Cardinals escape the Packersin heart-pounding fashionSaturday."That game was just like ours, a crazy game, teams that battled. Its really what it comes down to who battles the longest,"Kuechly said. Thats what playoff football is all about the games not over until the clock hits zero in the fourth quarter."So there shouldnt be any worry about the Panthers season-long survival le sons being applied, especially with what will be on the line. Theres no choice. Theyneedthose instincts to kick Pierre Garcon Jersey in against the Cardinals pa sing game.MORE: Hail Larry, Arizona's agele s weapon | Palmer gets lucky breaksAfter seeing Seahawkswide receivers Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse and Tyler Locketthelp Wilson get his team back in the game, the Panthers face a bigger collective challenge in the Cardinals trio of Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, and John Brown.Carolinas defense shoulduse what it didnt do in the second half vs. Seattle as good primer for the advanced course vs. Arizona."They have a lot of weapons over there, linebacker Thomas Davis said. You like at some of the receivers that they have, weve got a lot of work ahead of us to prepare for those guys.It's unreasonable to think defenses, even those as good as Carolinas, will just dominate and shut out opponents for entire playoffgames. The best quarterbacks and offenses are the ones left for a reason.They have come this far because they have talent tofight through tough situations, andcoaching to adjust and eventually findfavorable matchups.MORE: Championship Sunday kickoff times, info | SN's NFL awards for 2015The Panthers arejust worried about making one more winning play than the opponent. Style points dont mean anything now;just havingenoughon the Jeremy Kerley Jersey scoreboard."In every defense, there are going to be weak spots,"defensive end Jared Allen said. You just have to keep tackling and trying to take the ball away. We kept fighting; the Seahawksjust made plays.""You always want to learn from your mistakes and grow from, but it'son to Arizona. All that matters is one game.