CAROLINA (8-8-1) at SEATTLE (12-4)
Saturday, 8:15 p.m. EST, Fox
OPENING LINE – Seahawks by 10 1/2
RECORD VS. SPREAD – Carolina 8-8-1, Seattle 9-6-1
SERIES RECORD – Seattle leads 6-2
LAST MEETING – Seahawks beat Panthers 13-9, Oct. 26, 2014
LAST WEEK – Panthers beat Cardinals 27-16 in wild-card round; Seahawks had bye, beat Rams 20-6 on Dec. 28
AP PRO32 RANKING – Panthers No. 13, Seahawks No. 1
PANTHERS OFFENSE – OVERALL (16), RUSH (7), PASS (19).
PANTHERS DEFENSE – OVERALL (10), RUSH (16), PASS (11).
SEAHAWKS OFFENSE – OVERALL (9), RUSH (1), PASS (27).
SEAHAWKS DEFENSE – OVERALL (1), RUSH (3), PASS (1).
STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES – Seahawks looking to become first defending champion to win playoff game since New England in January 2006. … Only second meeting in postseason between Seahawks and Panthers. Previous was 2005 NFC championship game in Seattle, won by Seahawks 34-14. … Seahawks have beaten Panthers in regular season in each of past three seasons, all at Carolina. … Since Dec. 1, Seahawks lead NFL in points allowed per game (8.3) and yards allowed (211.3). Panthers are second in both categories (11.8 points and 238.2 yards). … Panthers trying to be first team in NFL history to reach conference championship game after having sub-.500 record in regular season. … Including playoff victory, Panthers have won five straight. … During five-game win streak, Panthers averaging 196.6 yards per game rushing. … QB Cam Newton won playoff game last week vs. Cardinals for first time in career; Newton was 0-1 last season. … Newton is only player to have 3,000 or more yards passing and at least 500 yards rushing in each of first four NFL seasons. … RB Jonathan Stewart averaging 104.8 yards per game and scored two touchdowns during win streak. … Panthers have started same offensive line for six straight games, including rookie guards Trai Turner and Andrew Norwell. … TE Greg Olsen had career-best 84 receptions and 1,008 yards receiving in regular season, but was held to one catch for 16 yards by Seahawks in October. … Panthers allowed NFL postseason-record 78 total yards last week to Cardinals. … DT Star Lotulelei out with broken foot. … All-Pro LB Luke Kuechly had 153 tackles in regular season. Kuechly also had 11 passes defensed, second among all linebackers in NFL. … DE Charles Johnson had two sacks in wild-card win over Cardinals and had 8 1/2 sacks in final 12 games of regular season. … S Roman Harper led team with four interceptions. … Rookie S Tre Boston has interceptions in his last two games, including end-zone pick vs. Cardinals. …Seahawks are No. 1 seed for third time in franchise history. … Over past three seasons, playoffs included, Seahawks are 24-2 at home. … Seahawks have won seven straight home playoff games. Last loss was 2004 wild-card game vs. Rams. … Seahawks led NFL in yards rushing with 2,762, third-most yards rushing by any team in past 30 seasons. … QB Russell Wilson is 3-0 vs. Panthers and 4-1 overall in playoffs with passer rating of 102. … Seahawks were third in NFL with just 14 turnovers, fewest in franchise history. … RB Marshawn Lynch rushed for 1,306 yards and had career-best 17 total touchdowns in regular season. Lynch is only player to rush for 1,000 yards and 10 TDs in each of past four seasons. … Seahawks led NFL in total defense and points allowed for second straight season; first team since 1985-86 Bears to lead league in those categories in consecutive seasons. … Seahawks led NFL in scoring defense for third straight seasons, third team in league history to accomplish that feat. … Seattle did not allow fourth-quarter points in last six games. … Seahawks were only team in NFL to allow less than 300 total yards per game and Seahawks only team to allow less than 200 yards per game passing. … LB Bobby Wagner, CB Richard Sherman and S Earl Thomas all first-team All-Pro selections. First time in franchise history with three defensive players honored as first-team All-Pros in same season.
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