Newton excited for Super matchup against Manning

The Carolina Panthers are one happy group of football players heading to the Super Bowl.

With chants of "MVP, MVP, MVP!' ringing in his ears, all Cam Newton could do was let out a scream and raise his arms as he spoke into the microphone.

"I'm excited! I'm excited!" an elated Newton said after dabbing his way for two touchdown runs and two scoring passes in leading the Panthers to a 49-15 rout of Arizona Cardinals in the NFC championship game.

Considered a front-runner for NFL MVP honors, Newton will lead his team against five-time MVP winner Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl on Feb. 7 in Santa Clara, California.

"We're not done yet," Newton said on the podium on the field as he and teammates smiled and took in the cheers of the hometown fans in accepting the conference title trophy.

The Panthers forced the Cardinals into seven turnovers, six by Carson Palmer, including four interceptions. Now comes the test against Manning, considered one of the NFL's greatest quarterbacks.

"We've just got to try to get some pressure on him," Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly said. "That's the biggest thing. You've got to try and get after them early and our guys do a great with that and we'll have a good play ready to go."

Oddsmakers are now posting the Panthers as early 4-point favorites for the Super Bowl on Feb. 7 in Santa Clara, California.