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On Saturday night Cam Newton will lead his team into Seattle as they take on the defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks. These teams are built exactly alike. Both teams have very mobile quarterbacks who are more dangerous scrambling outside the pocket than they are in it. They also have strong run games. Marshawn Lynch and Jonathan Stewart aren’t going to run past a defender, but they’ll go through anyone who gets in their way. Seattle averages more rushing yards a game than any other team and Carolina is in the top ten as well. Neither team has a standout wide receiver, which is why the run game is such an important aspect of their offenses. The Panthers and Seahawks also have the best two defenses in the league over the past month of the season.

 

Carolina and Seattle have played one another in each of the last three seasons, with all of the meetings happening in Carolina. Two seasons ago, the Seahawks won the game 16-12.  It was a hard fought game and the Panthers only mustered up a miniscule 190 total yards. There were five turnovers between both teams. Round one goes to Wilson.

The next time these two teams faced off against the other was last season. Similarly to the last game, the defenses were dominant. Seattle was down 7-6 in the fourth quarter when Russell Wilson threw a 43-year touchdown pass. Cam Newton was leading a drive down the field to win the game when DeAngelo Williams fumbled the ball inside the Seattle ten-yard line. That was it. The final score was 12-7. Round two goes to Wilson.

 

The most recent time these two teams played one another was in October. Like the other game, this one was defensive minded. Carolina was winning 9-6 with about five minutes left when Seattle got possession of the ball. Wilson led his team down the field and capped the drive off with a 23-yard touchdown pass to Luke Willson. There were only 48 seconds left once Seattle scored. The final score was 13-9. For the third time, Wilson led a late fourth quarter drive to win the game. Round three goes to Wilson.

This game will be different though. Seattle will be at home. They have gone 22-2 at CenturyLink Field in Russell Wilson’s three seasons in the NFL. With Wilson under quarterback they are 4-1 in the playoffs. He had to win the starting job three years ago and he’s proven himself over and over. The third round draft pick is one of the best decision makers in the game. Whether it’s a broken play or a collapsing pocket, Russell Wilson always manages to make something happen from nothing.

 

Both of these teams are playing their best football right now. Seattle’s defense has been impenetrable. They’ve given up 39 points in the last 6 six games, an average of 6.5 points a game. In that span, only one of the Seahawks’ opponents have managed to score more than seven points. The Seattle defense has also forced ten turnovers during their six game win streaks.

In comparison, the Carolina Panthers defense has been almost as good. They have given up an average of 11.8 points in the team’s past five games. The defense has forced twelve turnovers in those five games. The defense also only allowed 78 yards last week against the Cardinals.

My prediction: The Seattle Seahawks will win their forth consecutive playoff game. Russell Wilson will continue his dominant play. He’ll throw for 225 yards, a touchdown and will also run for 50 yards. Lynch will run for 75 yards and a touchdown. Cam Newton won’t have a great game. He’ll throw for 200 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. Jonathan Stewart will run for 75 yards. Seattle will win 20-10. Round four goes to Wilson

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