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  • December 5, 2017 7:52 PM PST

    Being long shots is nothing new for the Carolina Panthers. Stephen Anderson Jersey . Carolina, 10.5-point underdogs to the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday, were ruled out of playoffs before December by most fans and media members. Yet, the Panthers reeled off four straight wins in December after a six-game losing skid and squeaked into the playoffs as NFC South champions. The Panthers season rarely lacked drama; a 37-37 tie against the Cincinnati Bengals proved key in their playoff berth and a car crash that forced quarterback Cam Newton to miss a crucial game in December. In a surprising turn of events, the Panthers entered their Wild Card matchup against the 11-5 - yet, heavily banged-up - Arizona Cardinals as six-point favourites. The Panthers covered the spread with a 27-16 victory and held the Cardinals to a post-season record 78 yards. However, the Panthers turned the ball over three times against the Cardinals, a stat line they will need to avoid against the much stronger Seattle Seahawks. Newton, who returned in Week 16 after missing one week with two back fractures due to the accident, threw one interception and lost a fumble against the Cardinals. Those things cant happen,” Newton said after his first career playoff win, “especially in playoff football. We cant expect to win when we have three turnovers. The 2011 first-overall pick struggled in many during the regular season, including against the Seahawks in Week 8, but has thrown seven touchdowns to two interceptions in his last four games. Newton has also rushed for 232 yards on 37 carries in that span – an average of over six yards per carry. Newton’s may need to put his legs on display once again against a Seahawks defence known for their ability to play the pass. With All-Pros Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas likely to be locked on Newton’s top targets, wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin and tight end Greg Olsen, Newton may be forced to make plays on his known for the Panthers to have a chance. Benjamin and Olsen tied for the Panthers lead with 1,008 receiving yards, but will face a tough test against the Seahawks ‘Legion of Boom’ secondary. The entire Carolina receiving core had a quiet day against the Panthers, but nine players made a catch in the win. Little used receiver Philly Brown and second-string tight end Ed Dickson each chipped in gains of 20 yards and running back Fozzy Whittaker scored a touchdown on a 39-yard screen pass. Though Brown’s status remains unclear for Saturday due to a shoulder injury, the Panthers will again need depth players to step up against a top defence. Though the Seahawks secondary attracts most of the attention, the team’s stingy front seven make running the football also extremely difficult. Running back Jonathan Stewart has played a key role in the Panthers current win streak, and was one of the NFL’s hottest back to close the season. In their matchup earlier this season, Stewart was able to gain 79 yards against the NFL’s third-ranked run defence. He will look to better that mark in Seattle this time around. As a team, the Panthers gained 188 yards on the ground against the Cardinals in Wild Card weekend, a number unlikely to be reached this week. The Seahawks gave up more than 160 rushing yards twice this season, in losses to the Dallas Cowboys and Kansas City Chiefs. Coming off their historic performance, the Panthers will not have the benefit of matching up against a third string quarterback this week. Instead, the unit will take on the league’s top dual-threat quarterback this season in Russell Wilson. In their first matchup, Wilson threw for 199 yards with a touchdown and interception while rushing for 35 yards. Their success against Wilson and star running back Marshawn Lynch (14, 62 carries) will be something the improving group will hope to emulate. With their win over the Cardinals, the Panther became the sixth team to win a playoff game after finishing the regular season at .500 or worse and win a playoff game. Unfortunately for the Panthers, all five teams in that category before them have lost in the divisional round – including the 2010 Seattle Seahawks. But recent history is not on the side of the Seahawks either. Coming Super Bowl wins, no defending champion has won a playoff game since the 2005 New England Patriots. That win came in the same playoffs as the Panthers and Seahawks only other playoff meeting. The Seahawks won that game 34-14 and this week will mark the first road playoff game the Panthers have played since. In their return to road postseason action – and Seattle – the Panthers are 10.5-underdogs to the defending champions. Keeping the game close will be of the utmost importance for the Panthers as they hope to keep their unlikely run towards to the Super Bowl alive. Bruce Ellington Jersey . It was a loss. But it was also a learning experience. Deron Williams and Joe Johnson had 24 points each to lift Brooklyn to a 94-87 win over the Raptors, making their first playoff appearance since 08. "I thought we played a little bit as expected as it is our first playoff game," Toronto coach Dwane Casey said. Jeff Allen Jersey .com) - Bradley Beals 22 points and seven rebounds helped the Washington Wizards erase a halftime deficit and top the Utah Jazz, 93-84, on Sunday.Saskatchewan is sitting pretty and close to where they wanted to be at the start of the 2013 season. They are hosting a playoff game, albeit not the Western Final as they would have liked, but hosting a playoff game none the less. Make no mistake, "Mosaic Magic" this time of the season is a huge advantage for the Green Machine! Darian Durant received some much needed and well deserved rest last week. That move should reap rewards and pay big dividends for the Riders offensively. Couple that with resting Kory Sheets and I like the move big time! Darian needs to cut it loose with his arm and his legs! If Durant can pressure the edges of the defence with his ability to run the football it will open massive holes for Sheets. You establish Darians ability to run early, it will make Sheets, a serious threat already, almost unstoppable. Then you can anticipate play action coming into the picture with big play potential involving Weston Dressler, Taj Smith, Geroy Simon, and Robb Bagg. All primary explosive targets! Slowly the Riders have worked in Drew Willy, the second year product from the University of Buffalo, and this kid can play and play well. Hes gone stealth the last two thirds of the season and could be flying underr the RedBlacks radar but he shouldnt be! Hes a straight up ball player that has gained valuable playing experience in his limited time in 2013. Shane Lechler Jersey. The Riders would prefer if Willy never has to step on the field again in 2013, unless of course it is in mop up duty during a big win. Make no mistake, with the loss of Chris Getzlaf for likely the remainder of the season the importance of Darian utilizing his mobility to stretch and strain BCs defence is imperative to activate the run game and set up play-action for the aforementioned "Quad Squad" of Dressler, Smith, Simon and Bagg. Darians been a warrior this season playing through several injuries, including a broken foot and a broken rib, all which were accurately reported on our TSN telecast on October 19. This is a “Green Light Special” opportunity for Darian to breakthrough and guide his team to their first Grey Cup Championship under his direction. 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