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NFC Divisional Playoffs: Carolina Panthers at Seattle Seahawks - Live Blog

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The Seattle Seahawks are looking to make a run at repeating as Super Bowl Champions, but first they must dispatch the Carolina Panthers in order to move on to the NFC Championship game.
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Carolina Panthers
Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 6:15 PM MDT
Seattle Seahawks

AVG. YDS (RNK)

TEAM CATEGORY

AVG. YDS (RNK)

19th Pass Off. 27th
7th Rush Off. 1st
11th Pass Def. 1st
16th Rush Def. 3rd
8-8-1 CenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA 12-4
1st NFC South Spread: Seahawks by 10 1st NFC West

Despite Bill Vinovich doing everything he could subtly do to lift the Baltimore Ravens to the AFC Championship game, it was the New England Patriots defense who took the right angles to ensure victory. The winner of the game tomorrow between the Denver Broncos and the Indianapolis Colts will travel to Foxborough to decide who will represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.

So what about this game?

On paper, this game should be a Seattle Seahawks blowout against the playoff unworthy Carolina Panthers. However, these Panthers seem to know how to play these Seahawks fairly well. In each of the past three matchups, the final scores were 12-7, 16-12, and 13-9. Three games in each of the last three seasons tells me its no fluke.

Still, I just cannot see any outcome where Cam Newton finds a way to beat Russell Wilson. These defenses are both playing out of their minds, so the score will remain ridiculously low once again.

Somehow the Panthers will find a way to score a touchdown in this game to go with a couple of field goals, which should put the Seahawks down late. Marshawn Lynch then goes into beast mode and the Seahawks win on a late touchdown to advance to the NFC Championship Game. Now that's drama, people!

Prediction: Seahawks 16, Panthers 13.

What is your prediction, Broncos Country?

SB Nation blogs: Cat Scratch Reader and Field Gulls.