Seattle (11-6) at Carolina (15-1)
Noon Sunday • Ch. 9 • Line: Panthers by 2 ½
The skinny: The teams will meet for the sixth time in four years and for the second straight season in the NFC divisional playoffs. The Seahawks have won four of the previous five matchups, including a playoff victory last year in Seattle. But this time it's a little different. Not only will the game be played in Charlotte, where the top-seeded Panthers have won 11 straight, but the Seahawks face a Carolina team that's more confident and battle-tested.
Seahawks update: Seattle defeated Carolina 31-17 in last season's NFC divisional playoffs on its way to Super Bowl. … Including the playoffs, Seattle has won a franchise-record six consecutive road games. …The Seahawks are 5-2 when trailing by nine points or more in the postseason since 2010. … Seattle has not allowed a 100-yard rusher in 27 straight games, including the playoffs. … QB Russell Wilson has thrown multiple TD passes in six of his past seven games. … WR Doug Baldwin had 11 TD catches in a five-game span this season and had a TD catch in a playoff victory vs. the Vikings. … Seattle's defense allowed an NFL-low 14 TD passes. ... The Seahawks lost to the Panthers 27-23 during the regular season.
Panthers update: Carolina has won 11 consecutive games at home. … The Panthers are 1-3 all-time after having a playoff bye. … The Panthers scored an NFL-best and franchise-record 500 points in the regular season. … All-Pro Cam Newton is the first QB to throw for 35 touchdowns and run for 10 TDs in same season. Newton's 45 combined TDs are tied for the most ever by a QB. … Newton has 21,470 combined passing and rushing yards in his career, the most by any player in NFL history in his first five seasons. … Newton has thrown 24 TDs and no INTs in the red zone. … Carolina has run for at least 100 yards in 27 straight games. … RB Jonathan Stewart (foot injury) is expected back vs. Seattle after missing the past three games.