Good morning, 12s.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Monday, Jan. 5 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
Bring On The Panthers
After the Carolina Panthers' 27-16 win over the Arizona Cardinals and the Dallas Cowboys' 24-20 win over the Detroit Lions over wild-card weekend, it's been determined that the No. 1-seeded Seahawks will host the NFC South champion and No. 4-seeded Panthers (8-8-1) in a divisional-round playoff game. Kickoff is set for 5:15 p.m. PT on Saturday, Jan. 10 at Seattle's CenturyLink Field.
Terry Blount at ESPN.com shares five interesting facts about the Seahawks' next opponent and details three things to know ahead of Saturday's matchup.
David Newton at ESPN.com shares three things to know (from a Panthers perspective) ahead of Saturday's matchup.
John Clayton at ESPN.com poses 10 key questions and answers about the NFC's divisional round, several of which hit on Saturday's matchup between the Seahawks and Panthers.
NFL.com's *Around the League *crew has three thoughts on Saturday's Seattle-Carolina matchup, saying the Panthers need quarterback Cam Newton to beat Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson at his own game.
Danny O'Neil at 710Sports.com has his first look at the Panthers, noting Newton's worst games in the NFL have come against the Seahawks.
And in his Monday Morning Quarterback column, Peter King had this to say about Saturday's matchup, "Seattle has allowed just three touchdowns and 39 points in the past six games. But these are not the midseason Panthers. In the past month, Carolina is 5-0, by an average of 16 points per win. Check out the Panthers' running game the past five weeks, since they woke up from their 65-day winless streak. They've rushed for 271, 123, 209, 194 and 188 yards. Seattle's stingy on the ground, though, allowing just 3.4 yards per rush. Cam Newton is going to have to come into play, with his legs and arm, for the Panthers to have a good shot Saturday evening in Seattle."
Marshawn Lynch Up For NFL Ground Player of the Year
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is one of three nominees for NFL Ground Player of the Year, and you can vote for Lynch right here through Jan. 29.
"I think I've been saying it all year long, this is the best I've ever seen him," Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said last week of Lynch, who rushed for 1,306 yards and recorded an NFL-high 17 total touchdowns in the regular season. "Most consistent and all that. And he carried it all the way through the whole schedule and did a great job."
Tweet of the Day
Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from @SportsCenter, who shares the NFL's divisional-round schedule.
More From Around The Web
Here at Seahawks.com, we share how players reacted to the passing of longtime ESPN anchor Stuart Scott, who died yesterday at age 49 after a battle with cancer.
Sea Hawkers Booster Club chapters are hosting 12 fan rallies around the nation ahead of Saturday's game against the Panthers.
Panthers head coach Ron Rivera and his family are safe after an early morning fire spread through their Charlotte-area home.
Brady Henderson at 710Sports.com lists three New Year's resolutions for the Seahawks.
Nick Eaton at SeattlePI.com doles out grades and awards for the Seahawks' 2014 regular season.
Jayson Jenks at the Seattle Times has an in-depth feature on cornerback Richard Sherman's friendship with wide receiver Doug Baldwin.
And Dave Boling at the Tacoma News Tribune details the simple design of the Seahawks' No. 1-ranked defense.
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