Seattle Seahawks (11-6)
at Carolina Panthers (15-1)
Sunday, 10:05 p.m. PT, Fox
Opening line – Panthers by 2 1/2
Record vs. spread – Seahawks 9-7-1, Panthers 11-5
Series record – Seahawks lead 7-3
Last meeting – Panthers beat Seahawks 27-23, Oct. 18, 2015
Last week – Seahawks beat Vikings 10-9; Panthers had first-round bye
AP Pro32 ranking – Seahawks No. 6, Panthers No. 1
Seahawks offense – Overall (4), Rush (3), Pass (20)
Seahawks defense – Overall (2), Rush (1), Pass (2)
Panthers offense – Overall (11), Rush (2), Pass (24)
Panthers defense – Overall (6), Rush (4), Pass (11)
Streaks, stats & notes – Seattle defeated Carolina 31-17 in last season’s NFC divisional playoffs on its way to Super Bowl. … Including playoffs, Seattle has won franchise-record six straight road games. … Seahawks are 5-2 when trailing by nine points or more in postseason since 2010. … Seattle has not allowed 100-yard rusher in 27 straight games, including playoffs. … QB Russell Wilson has thrown multiple TD passes in six of last seven games. … WR Doug Baldwin had 11 TD catches in five-game span this season and had TD catch in playoff win vs. Vikings. … Seattle defense allowed NFL-low 14 TD passes. … Seahawks advanced after Vikings K Blair Walsh missed 27-yard field goal at end of wild-card match. … Carolina has won 11 straight games at home. … Panthers are 1-3 all-time after having playoff bye. … Panthers scored NFL-best and franchise-record 500 points in regular season. … All-Pro Cam Newton is first QB to throw for 35 touchdowns and run for 10 TDs in same season. Newton’s 45 TDs are tied for most ever by QB. … Newton has 21,470 combined passing and rushing yards in his career, most by any player in NFL history in his first five seasons. … Newton has thrown 24 TDs and no INTs in red zone. … Carolina has run for at least 100 yards in 27 straight games. … RB Jonathan Stewart expected back vs. Seattle after missing last three games with foot injury. … K Graham Gano has had four kicks blocked this season. … WR Ted Ginn Jr. has 15 TD catches in two seasons for Carolina, with eight of 25 yards or longer. … Panthers led NFL with 39 takeaways. … All-Pro LB Luke Kuechly led team with 118 tackles. Since entering NFL in 2012, Kuechly leads league with 591 tackles. His 11 INTs since 2012 are most by NFL linebacker.
The Seattle Times rounds up some national media predictions, while Bob Condotta takes a look at the top 5 games in Seahawks-Panthers history. ... Adam Lewis at the PI has a story and slideshow reliving Marshawn Lynch's strange rise to stardom with the Seahawks, ... The News Tribune has video of Russell Wilson from today's news conference.