Now, some of those changed through the course of the disastrous half for the Seahawks, but it was the second straight week the Seahawks have had to play a game at 1 p.m. ET. That means it was a dreaded 10 a.m. PT start for Seattle after traveling a good distance to the east.
Last week against the Vikings, the Seahawks were also shut out for quite a while and looked pretty lackluster. They didn’t score any of their 10 points until the fourth quarter.
The fact that the Seahawks reeled off 24 points in the second half and staged a furious comeback further lends to the point that the start times may have put Seattle at a disadvantage. During the regular season, the Seahawks went 2-2 in 10 a.m. PT kickoffs.
Nevertheless, the Panthers advanced and will host the Arizona Cardinals in next week’s NFC Championship Game.