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Arizona, North Carolina governors place bet on Cardinals-Panthers game

At left, in Nov. 29, 2015, file photo, Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) runs for a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif. At right, in a Dec. 20, 2015, file photo, Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton (1) plays during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants, in East Rutherford, N.J. Arizona and Carolina play in the NFC Championship game on Sunday, Jan. 24, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/File)

PHOENIX — The beef between Arizona Cardinals and Carolina Panthers fans is really going to the dogs.

The governors of Arizona and North Carolina placed a friendly bet Wednesday on the outcome of this weekend’s NFC Championship Game: The losing governor’s dog will have to wear the jersey of the winning team.

“The excitement around this game is off the charts and I’m glad Gov. Pat McCrory and I can get in on the action,” Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said in a release.

Ducey has to be feeling confident ahead of Sunday’s big game. After all, the Cardinals have been touted by some analysts as the favorite to win the whole shebang and the team is riding high after a close win over the Green Bay Packers in the team’s first playoff game.

The win over the Packers sealed Ducey’s first win of the postseason. He had a bet with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and will receive some cheese, sausage, beer and Andes mints as his prize.

Ducey’s dog, Woody, was unavailable for comment but we’re decently sure he’s confident in cornerback Patrick Peterson and the rest of the Cardinals defense against the Panthers’ Cam Newton.

Ducey isn’t the only politician betting on the home team. Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers made a bet with Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts on Wednesday as well.

The Cardinals kickoff against the Panthers at 4:40 p.m. Sunday. Coverage of the game can be heard on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.

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