As they have done so many times this season, the Panthers made it interesting.
But as they have done all but once this season, they won.
The Panthers held on for a wild 31-24 win over the Seahawks in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs, in excruciating fashion.
It took linebacker Thomas Davis recovering a late onside kick as Cam Newton kneeled out the clock, an anticlimactic end to a furious Seattle rally.
It was far from easy, as the Seahawks turned a 31-0 halftime deficit into a 31-21 edge in the fourth quarter, after a ridiculous bobbing, weaving, lob over the top of Josh Norman touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse with 6:40 left. That was part of repeated breakdowns on the part of the Panthers secondary, which could become more problematic soon.
With the win, the Panthers will host the Cardinals next week in the NFC Championship Game.
They actually have a strange and unusual history in the playoffs with the Cardinals, having seen them in two of their previous three postseasons.
Those games included the Ryan Lindley 82-passing-yard classic for the Cardinals last season, and the five-interception Jake Delhomme all-time meltdown in 2008.
This time, the teams appear headed in on more solid footing at quarterback.