The Carolina Panthers got through the Wild Card round of the playoffs and are now faced with the defending Super Bowl champions in the divisional round. Luckily, their injuries are nothing but a handful as everyone is needed for the match-up with the Seattle Seahawks.
Adam Jones and Rich Keefe take a look at the best storylines in each NFL matchup this weekend.
Seattle must make the most of their home-field advantage against the Panthers.
The Carolina Panthers know they have a hard test ahead of them in the Seattle Seahawks, but facing them at CenturyLink Field will make it even tougher. To prepare for one of the loudest places on earth, they amped up the sound at practice.
Baltimore’s defense is just as tough as ever, but it now has a dangerous offense to go with it.
The Carolina Panthers have dealt with a whole host of injuries over the course of the season. Now, they’re in the postseason and looking at very few injuries for the Wild Card Weekend game against the Arizona Cardinals.
The Green Bay Packers do not have many holes in their game as they enter the playoffs as the No. 2 seed in the NFC. However, one is their blocking in the kicking game. They allowed more combined blocked field goals, extra point attempts and punts than they had in the previous five seasons combined.
The Carolina Players were lucky to make the playoffs with a record of 7-8-1, but they won the NFC South and they are there. Now, if they defeat the Arizona Cardinals in the Wild Card round, then more than Thomas Davis will know what it’s like to notch a playoff victory as a Panther.
The Green Bay Packers do not have to play this Sunday. That is a good thing as quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be able to get some extra rest before the Packers begin their run toward the Super Bowl. They will host one of three teams in the Divisional Round. Their opponent will be determined by the outcome of the Detroit Lions at Dallas Cowboys game.
The Saints took control of the NFC South with a 28-10 victory over the Panthers last night, their first win in Carolina since 2011. New Orleans enters a three-game home stretch with a 4-4 record, while Carolina (3-5-1), which only has one win in its last seven games, travels to Philadelphia in 10 days.