The Carolina Panthers earned the first seed for the NFC playoffs which means they got a bye in the first round of the playoffs and would be playing the lowest seed that advanced out of the Wildcard Round. Well the Seattle Seahawks, which was the sixth seed in these playoffs, beat the third seed, the Minnesota Vikings, on Sunday. They will now be preparing for the sixth showdown with the Panthers in the past four seasons.
Prior to 2015, the Seahawks had dominated this rivalry winning the last four matchups, including knocking the Panthers out of the playoffs in the divisional round in last year's playoffs. While the Seahawks had the wins these were very closely contested games. The Seahawks won those four games by an average of 6.75 points and aside from last year's playoff game, which Seattle won by 14, they beat the Panthers by less than a touchdown.
That seemed to change this year as Carolina travelled to Seattle and thanks to a fourth quarter comeback, beat the Seahawks 27-23 and earned the franchise's first victory in Seattle. The Panthers scored two touchdowns in the final four minutes of the game, including a 26-yard touchdown pass from Cam Newton to tight end Greg Olsen.
Even though the Seahawks are the sixth seed, this is going to be a game between two of the best teams in the conference. The Panthers went 15-1 this regular season and have the highest scoring offense while Seattle is coming off two consecutive seasons that ended with Super Bowl appearances, winning one of them.