Panthers hold on for wild win over Seahawks to make NFC title game

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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.

140 responses to “Panthers hold on for wild win over Seahawks to make NFC title game

  1. Great game Panthers and fans! I’m happy my hawks made a game it with how lopsided it started. Best of luck the rest of the way this one was well earned.. Beat those Cards senseless!

    We’ll be back see you next year!

    -Go Hawks!!

  2. Nobody can butcher a team’s chances and hope quite like Pete the Cheat. Dude has the all time worst late game clock/timeout missteps.

    It’s cost them a lot of games. The twelfies deserve better! Oh wait…No they don’t

  3. Yay! No more gum gnawing idiot until next season. Better news? The Seahawks are in a decline which will be steep. Nothing against a lot of their players and fans, but there are enough nozzles to make people wish failure on the Seahawks.

  4. I hate to say I told you so…

    …Unless it’s to Seahawk fans. I TOLD YOU SO!!!

    Where are all those “panthers one and done” haters now?!

  5. I guess God slept in today. He evidently didn’t get up until halftime, right Russell? Or he didn’t get the memo that the Seahawks weren’t playing at their usual 4:25 EST kickoff.

  6. Just a better team this year. However, their coach needs to figure this blowing big lead thing that’s plagued them all year. Imagine trying to get away with that against Brady.

  7. not a new england fan, but a belichick fan. if he was up 31-0, he wouldn’t go into a shell and play not to lose, he would keep pouring it on..rivera almost cost the panthers the game with his conservative crap. and as far as “sportmanship” its up to the defense to stop the other team. yeah, you dont throw long when ur up 56-3 with 3 minutes left, but other than that, all bets are off.

  8. Cam Newton should start the Church of Cam Newton since he worships himself like hes God.

    How ME ME ME was that shirt he wore before the game.

    What a Diva.

  9. Aside from all the Carolina fans that don’t know how to handle success, good job panthers. Proud the Hawks were able to make it a game at the end, but the hole was too deep.

  10. Got to hand it to Seattle, they had a hell of a year considering the crappy start,
    Panthers would not be denied though. Can see them in the Superbowl for sure.

  11. Say whatever you want, at least we no longer have to hear the “one and done” nonsense. Keep pounding!!

  12. Carolina has some great players but they have the mindset of losers.

    It’s just a matter of time.

    Broncos over Panthers

  13. Frauds.

    Never belonged in this game and it showed.

    Last time they’ll be in the playoffs for a while.

  14. Onside kick executed perfectly, but Davis did a heck of a job hanging onto it while getting drilled by Coleman. Proud of my ‘Hawks for never giving up, but 31 points is just too much to spot a team.
    Great win and great season, Panthers, but I hope this is the end of the run. Pulling for Fitz & the Cardinals to get their first ring now.
    Been a while since my team hasn’t been in the Super Bowl. Forgot how much this sucks.

  15. Will be rooting for the Cards. Their players don’t all act like they just cured cancer after making a tackle or catching a pass. Fitzgerald especially is a classy guy who deserves to be in a Super Bowl.

  16. filthymcnasty3 says:

    The Seahawks were overmatched while playing against a NFL caliber QB this week. There are no cupcakes in the divisional round.

    Except the green and gold. Arizona was able to play their worst game of the year and still own the cupcake pack.

  17. Wilson said he sought to talk with God, to get His advice on how to pull-out the victory, but, unfortunately, God’s line was busy.

  18. I knew the second half would be that way, just glad the Panthers could hold on. Our OC (Shula) has made a career of going into “play to run out the clock mode” instead of doing what got us there. No scores after the second quarter and never really tried….. Hopefully the real Seahawks fans will finally give the Panthers their due after beating you twice but I know the trolls will continue to troll….Keep Pounding!

  19. Mercifully, all real football fans are now liberated until next season from the idiotic caterwauling of the most obnoxious fanbase in the history of sports. And even better, the law of diminishing returns makes it an absolute metaphysical certainty that the 2012th Man Bandwagon Association will be reduced by at least a few members. Hopefully, A LOT of members…

  20. Bye bye Seaderall Shehawks, take your sorry rear ends and #12 dopes on into the offseason. Classless bunch, just like at the end of last years SB. Punks

  21. Congrats Carolina! The ‘Hawks certainly made it interesting in the second half, glad the game got more entertaining.

  22. Fun NFC divisional weekend.

    Two pesky opponents made things interesting, but in the end the two best teams are playing in the NFC Championship game.

    Congrats Carolina and Arizona. Vikings fan here, but I was pulling for both of you. You have two special teams this year.

  23. Nobody can butcher a team’s chances and hope quite like Pete the Cheat. Dude has the all time worst late game clock/timeout missteps.

    ————————

    Stop talking like you know what you’re talking about. They were down 31-0. Largest comeback was 32 points in 1993.

  24. The grounds crew should be fired and the Cardinals should demand that the field gets fixed before next week.

    There is no excuse for it being in such poor condition.

  25. It was a painful loss, and a disgraceful first half, but that’s the game. Panthers played a great game, and deserve the win. I’m not a huge fan of Newton, but he and his team played a great game, and an amazing first half in particular. Best of luck next week. It should be a fun game. See you all next year.

  26. Congratulations Panthers!
    You deserve to be in the NFC championship game. Too much of hole for my Seahawks to climb out of but we never gave up and made for an exciting finish to the game.
    Go Seahawks!

  27. Congratulations to the Panthers on a well deserved win to move onto the Conference Championship game.

    Very proud of Seattle Seahawks for showing heart and sticking to a game when they were down 31 points at the half after a nightmare start. Never quit and gave themselves a chance at the end. Look forward to the next 10 years for them with number 3 under center.

  28. How many sb wins makes a dynasty in what amount of time?! Haha silly me, irrelevant now!
    Thank god these 2012 bandwagon trolls will go away for awhile…
    Talk is cheap, so are your players shots…no one will feel sorry for this team of whiners or their ridiculous fanbase of latte drinkers and tree huggers…

  29. Congrats Panthers. You were the better team on the day and deserved the win. Thought Russ might force overtime at one stage – unbelievable after that first half showing – but it wasn’t to be our day.

    Friend of ours (Hawks fan) was at the game and said the hometown fans were great too, and at times as loud as Century Link.

    Enjoy your win and all the best for next week!

  30. Anybody else sick of the Cam Newton show nonsense on the field…teams that have one guy who loves to be the center of attention rarely win titles!

  31. tdubdizzle says:
    Jan 17, 2016 4:23 PM
    Cam Newton should start the Church of Cam Newton since he worships himself like hes God.

    How ME ME ME was that shirt he wore before the game.

    What a Diva.

    and you would be able to bring him down yourself huh? maybe he is god. bet cam could give god a run for his money with arm strength alone

  32. Wings clipped, huh? How the “mighty” have fallen. You were lucky last week. But wait, you are that dynasty that we have all heard about, then again. . .

    Where are all the Seahawk trash talkers now??

  33. Seahawksbmx: what kind of football fan roots for a division opponent in the playoffs?

    Or in any other type of game, for that matter.

    I cannot imagine any Pats fan pulling for the Dolphins, Bills or (especially) the Jets, in any scenario. I’d root for the @#$% Giants or Bears against any and all of them.

    What the @##% is wrong with people in the PNW when it comes to sports? I moved here from CT over twenty years ago, and I love it– I have no plans to move, ever– but your sports culture is totally whack.

  34. Ne-KC closer at the end than the game was played
    GB-Az down to the wire
    now another close finish
    is it just me or does it seem to get close just enough to keep viewers tuned in?

  35. Now that the posers are gone, we can get down to the two teams that actually have a chance to win the SB. Cardinals and panthers will be a good one.

  36. seahawksbmx says:
    Jan 17, 2016 4:25 PM
    Been a while since my team hasn’t been in the Super Bowl. Forgot how much this sucks.
    ——————————-

    2 years is a long time? Thought you were a ’12’ didn’t realize you were 12. Explains some of the posts though.
    A word of warning to Panther fans, some 12’s will be trolling you for the next year until someone else ends their season next year. They don’t get the concept of good sportsmanship. Tipping their cap and respecting a quality opponent is beyond them. They aren’t representative of real ‘Hawks fans, who by and large are a good bunch that deserve better than being tarred with the ’12’s’ brush

  37. nepatriot1 says:
    Jan 17, 2016 4:28 PM

    Bye bye Seaderall Shehawks, take your sorry rear ends and #12 dopes on into the offseason. Classless bunch, just like at the end of last years SB. Punks

    does not speak for all pats fans

    as obnoxious as those clowns who troll NE

  38. So HAPPY to see Seattle going home although the downside is that we’ll be forced to watch Wilson become a commentator in the next few games. Carolina and diva fathead Newton need to go down now, along with Denver of course. Just became a big Cardinal fan! Would love to see a PIT AZ rematch!

  39. I see the haters are relishing in the Seahawks’ loss and think our window has closed. Keep thinking that. This loss will only serve as Windex™ for that window, much like the divisional round loss to Atlanta did 3 years ago.
    Pretty sure the Beast Mode era is over, but that’s okay. That’s Russell Wilson’s team and they’re not going away anytime soon.
    Hate on; it only makes us stronger.

  40. Congrats Carolina, hats off to you. Passing the torch and good luck the rest of the way. To all you 3rd party teams fans, we’ll see all you hoes next year. – Seahawks fan.

  41. we lose a road game by seven points to the #1 seed, and don’t belong in the playoffs?

    somehow I don’t think all this trolling is coming from Panthers fans, and to them I say congrats, your team came out on fire, and we were just not good enough to put a stop to it in time.

    glad my side hung in there and made a game of it. that matters.

    good luck against AZ, should be a great game. In my book, the NFC has 3 of the 4 best teams in the league right now.

  42. I don’t hate the Seahawks but after their Super Bowl win, too many of their fans were so obnoxious, I started to dislike the team because of them. As of 01/17/2016, the Seahawks have the same number of Lombardi trophies as my Saints, Chiefs, Jets, Bucs, Bears and Rams: ONE!

  43. Well Seagull fans can’t be that upset..I mean they’ve only been rooting for the team for about 3 years now….skol!

  44. oldlthrneck says:
    Jan 17, 2016 4:42 PM
    Wow, reading all of the comments here, it seems that the only fans with class are the Seahawks fans. SMH Go Cardinals.

    1 5
    Report comment
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    Wth have you seen these comments I’ve only seen 4 positive comments about the Hawks there’s only people here calling Seattle overrated posers and lucky
    Actually read the comments before making that claim

  45. oldlthrneck says:
    Jan 17, 2016 4:42 PM
    Wow, reading all of the comments here, it seems that the only fans with class are the Seahawks fans. SMH Go Cardinals.
    ——-
    When you have never won anything, all you have is talk. I will be rooting for the Cardinals for sure. Panthers beat my boys fair and square, but their fans are almost all insufferable. Oh, and about that, name names on who said dynasty from the hawks side, or stop with that stuff.

  46. Props to the Hawks fans showing up on here and taking it gracefully! You killed me with kindness, lol . See ya next year!!

  47. So when a Seahawks fan says a nice comment like
    “Good game Carolina this was a good game but we’ll get them next time go Hawks!”
    They get a lot of hate and dislikes however when some immature kid says a comment like “The SeaPricks are super bad and overrated so glad to see the 12th prick cry”
    He gets the top comment and is worshipped like a god
    Goes to show how many kids and pissy Seahawks haters there are here

  48. nflrule says:
    Jan 17, 2016 4:39 PM
    Anybody else sick of the Cam Newton show nonsense on the field…teams that have one guy who loves to be the center of attention rarely win titles!

    kinda like rodgers

  49. You can always count on the haters to use the same old tired jokes, PED references, dynasty references and band wagon fan references. Sad little boys with hair on their palms.

  50. We can close the door on Richard Sherman for another season. He is the worst, and one of the big reasons the Seahawks are abhorred by everyone outside the state of Washington.

  51. vancouversportsbro says:
    Jan 17, 2016 4:29 PM
    Stop talking like you know what you’re talking about. They were down 31-0. Largest comeback was 32 points in 1993.
    ——————————————

    Pot, meet kettle. vancouverportsbra tell us again about the Yankees in the ‘finals’ four years in a row.

    Have to say I am surprised that a lot of Hawks fans don’t understand the ire the trolling portion of their fan base stirs up. foridiots, sportsbra, squak, bmx, regishawk…

  52. Wilson was uncharacteristic compared to how he was playing the last half of the season. Seattle came out flat in the fist half and Carolina didn’t.

    Seattle showed some fire in the second half working to make the Panthers have multiple three and outs.

    The game got interesting late, but Carolina finally settled down.

    Good job on Seattle. Trying to make up 31 points in 30 mins is rough in the NFL. It’s been done before, but not often.

    People hate a winner. I never really paid much attention to that proverb until Seattle started winning the past 3 or 4 years. But you see it a lot on the board. Not just towards Seattle, but all teams that have success. However, I’ll take it any day of the week because that means Seattle is winning more than losing.

    Good job, and good luck to Carolina!

  53. Mo Pro Babble says:
    Jan 17, 2016 4:47 PM
    nepatriot1 says:
    Jan 17, 2016 4:28 PM

    Bye bye Seaderall Shehawks, take your sorry rear ends and #12 dopes on into the offseason. Classless bunch, just like at the end of last years SB. Punks

    does not speak for all pats fans

    as obnoxious as those clowns who troll NE
    —————–
    I speak for 99.9% of Patriots fans. The other .01% are pretend Pats fans.

  54. bleck5 says:
    Jan 17, 2016 4:22 PM
    Arizona is winning the NFC. Carolina’s poor protection of leads is going to haunt them with better teams.
    ——-
    That’s “homer” talk if I ever heard it.

    Talk about the pot calling the kettle black! Did you not see AZ give up a “lead” to a no receiver GB team last night, to a receiver whose name nobody knows?

    Worry about the OL play of your own team. My money is on Carolina to stomp AZ a new one next week….in Carolina, and not the favorable confines of Phoenix stadium.

    AZ had every lucky break I’ve seen in a playoff game last night, and still it took a faulty coin toss to defeat GB. If I’m an AZ fan I’m praying for my team to get its act together, and not talking trash on PFT. AZ was so lucky Palmer didn’t have 4 picks last night! The failure of Shields not to secure the 3rd pick was turned out to be the difference in the game against GB.

  55. Congratulations Carolina Panthers!!!! Cam, never change!!! Your enthusiasm is infectious!!!! Good Luck next weekend! (By the way, I NEW you were going to WIN this game today!)

  56. Vikings fans still not over last weeks loss?

    Congrats to Carolina! You played like Champions in that first half.

    Congrats to Seattle for even making it to the playoffs after a 2-4 start…how many other teams did that? KC?

    Now Carolina, FINISH IT!

  57. Nice win Carolina, Riverboat Ron had you ready and you put us in a big hole. Hope we get a shot at you guys next year.
    Good luck against Arizona next week, I think that will be a great game.

  58. skawh: Really?? Your “special” team got shut out in the first half of both of it’s playoff games and you are going to make passive -aggressive remarks like those??? My question was valid. Every Seattle fan said Beastmode was going to run ALL over the Panthers. I just wondered if he missed the flight??? Since he was SUPPOSED to play against the Vikings, and was “good to go” last Sunday, but then ruled OUT unexpectedly, just figured he must’ve missed his plane????? While our loss hurts, yours must REALLY sting!!!! I mean, getting shut out like that, coming back just to not make it, kind of like the SB last year, huh????

  59. Panthers almost lost after taking a 31-0 lead because they took their foot off the gas pedal.

    I’ll never understand why some NFL coaches do that. The Seahawks couldn’t stop them, then they got comfortable.

  60. Um, anyone who thinks that Seahawk fans have more class than Carolina fans based on the comments on this thread need to go back and read literally any other thread that relates to these two teams. Only difference here is that the Hawks fans are forced to eat some humble pie after acting like bullies for the past two years.

    Also, maybe you Seahawk sympathizes can go get educated in the offseason!

  61. coltluger says:
    Jan 17, 2016 6:04 PM
    We can close the door on Richard Sherman for another season. He is the worst, and one of the big reasons the Seahawks are abhorred by everyone outside the state of Washington.

    —–

    Based on what?

  62. Wilson was uncharacteristic compared to how he was playing the last half of the season. Seattle came out flat in the fist half and Carolina didn’t.
    —————–

    The uncharacteristic part of Wilson was how he played the last half of the season, look at the first half of the season and that’s the real Wilson. Will do just enough to win as long as the defense is playing great, but if they are not he’s not good enough to lead them to victory.

    And now he’s 1-14 when the opposing team score 25pts or more and 0-3 in the playoffs.

  63. The troll guide:

    Patriots: cheaters
    Bills: wide right
    Dolphins: SuhTastrophe
    Jets: buttfumble

    Steelers: rape
    Ravens: elevators
    Bengals: bungles
    Browns: factory of sadness

    Colts: banners
    Texans: Matt “pick 6” Schaub
    Titans: does anybody troll the Titans?
    Jaguars: Kahn jokes

    Broncos: horse face
    Chargers: no rings
    Chiefs: alex and andy
    Raiders: crypt keeper

    Giants: elmer fudd, gomer pyle
    Eagles: # of years since championships
    Redskins: any version of RGIII
    Cowboys: Jerry

    Packers: cheese and choking
    Vikings: 0 – 4
    Lions: keep drafting receivers
    Bears: cutler’s cigarette face

    Saints: brees’ explanation
    Falcons: matty choke
    Panthers: scam newton
    Buccaneers: ugly unis

    Rams: the eternal fisher
    Seahawks: peds
    49ers: who has it better?
    Cardinals: leinert’s hot tub

  64. Very bummed about the Seahawks’ loss, but the silver lining is that this can put an end to the tired “Seahawks Bandwagon” crap, yes?
    I mean, the “dynasty” is over and the fake fans have now jumped ship. Any Seahawk fans that continue to post here now are tried and true.
    I definitely see why the 2012 fans turned you off to our fanbase and our team, but I hope we can now start fresh and I think you will find us oldtime Seahawk fans to be a very respectable bunch.
    If anyone has a problem with this, they can kiss the ring.

  65. lleatherface2012 ,

    Completely agree. I said it when Rivera handed off on 3rd down with close to 2 minutes left in the first half. You have the MVP and a chance to pick up another first down and get either an FG or TD before the half. This is exactly why this team has lost big leads all year, their coach. If I’m a Panther fan I almost hope my team is in a close game going into the 4th quarter to keep that option out of Rivera’s hands because that was almost disastrous today had Seattle taken points instead of going for it in the first half and Wilson hit a few more big plays late in the game. Try that crap against Brady/Belichick and see what you get.

  66. Glad the Panthers won. I’m also impressed with the never give up mentality of the Seahawks. The Hawks always make me nervous when we play them. For the record all you bashing Russell for his faith should be ashamed of yourselves. He is a human being. But I guess the ones doing the bashing prefer the players that abuse women.
    Much respect to the Hawks for making it a scary interesting game.
    Look forward to meeting again.
    Panthers fan.

  67. This Panthers fan would like to say thank you to the Seahawks fans that have been gracious in defeat and offered encouragement to the Panthers going forward. Your team certainly showed fight – I knew they would make some kind of comeback, but didn’t want it to be as close as it was – and had an excellent year.

    And yes, there is a Panthers at Seahawks game on the 2016 schedule. This is turning into a great rivalry. See you then!

    For next week, our secondary has work to do with Arizona and their 147 receivers coming in. But watching the Cheese Doodles run all over their defense, knowing the Panthers are the #1 rushing team in the NFL, is encouraging. That should be a big advantage for us.

  68. I’m so proud to see that win or lose, the 12’s on this blog continue to show overall class. Every fan base has its idiots, but the 12’s have really begun to polish their responses, which is what a class fan base does!! Proud to be a 12!

    Good game Panthers! Put that together for all 4 quarters and you’ll have your first ring!!

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