The Carolina Panthers will be playing a familiar ‘home and home’ next week with the Seattle victory today.
The Carolina Panthers learned their playoff opponent rather quickly today. The Seattle Seahawks defeated the Minnesota Vikings in one of the coldest games ever played. The resulting score was 10-9 and decided fittingly by a missed field goal from twenty-seven yards out. It was a Minnesota way to go calling back to the Gary Anderson miss of yesteryear.
It was a game where Bud Grant once again strolled onto the field at 88 and wearing a polo shirt. However Grant could not bring any luck with his stony demeanor, if anything you might wonder what good luck the four time Super Bowl loser might have with him. It still was great to see him.
The Seahawks won the game behind a big play by Russell Wilson. The former N.C. State product loss track of the ball and then recovered it and then hit his receiver twenty yards down field to set up the lone Seattle touchdown. His fellow Wolfpack alum Steven Hauschka hit a field goal too in order for the Seahawks to complete the ten point comeback.
If you could have picked the team that the Panthers least wanted to play of the available three, it was probably Seattle. However this was the most likely result according to the pickers as well. So like last year the Panthers will face the Seahawks a second time, essentially making the series a home-and-home.
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It will be interesting to see which Seahawks show up next week. The Vikings were teased with the idea that Marshawn Lynch would be playing until yesterday. No doubt the stories that Lynch will be available again will continue to flow in the lead up to next week’s game. Maybe he will be healthy. He was a big part of the Seahawk effort in the first game this season.
The Seahawks will be dangerous because they are playing better and still consider themselves the team to beat in the conference. They likely believe they let the Panthers off the hook in the last game, and they must want another shot at the NFC’s current golden child.
For the Panthers they must welcome the challenge and just play Panther football. The Panthers should have Jonathan Stewart back. All I know is that no one wants to miss it.