The Cowboys have eliminated the Broncos from the 2014 finals series, following a 32-20 win at 1300SMILES Stadium to book a showdown with the Roosters next week.
A late Jamie Soward field goal has sent the Panthers into the preliminary finals, defeating the Roosters 19-18 at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night.
Cowboys coach Paul Green and Broncos mentor Anthony Griffin offer their final thoughts ahead of Saturday night's Elimination Final.
The Broncos have won 74 per cent of all games they have played in Townsville. The Cowboys? Just 47 per cent. Which augers well for the visitors on Saturday.
One team is on track to defy 20 years of rugby league history, while the other is defying logic by over-performing with a stack of stars in the casualty ward.
Josh McGuire's aggressive on-field persona is balanced by fatherhood and extensive work with charities.
The Rabbitohs have flexed their premiership muscle and crushed Manly's title prospects in the process, taking an emphatic 40-24 victory at Allianz Stadium.
Don't think for a second either side will have forgotten the Rabbitohs being lapped 30-20 by the Sea Eagles in last year's grand final qualifier.
Over 80 minutes of a semi-final clash 10 years ago, the North Queensland Cowboys came of age as a club and won over the locals for good.
The Broncos must be leading the Cowboys after 20 minutes if they are any chance of causing an upset in Saturday night's Elimination Final at 1300SMILES Stadium.