- Associated Press - Thursday, January 14, 2016

SEATTLE (11-6) at CAROLINA (15-1)

Sunday, 1:05 p.m. ET, 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.

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