The Seattle Seahawks and the Carolina Panthers square off today in an NFL Divisional Round football playoff game which represents a severe mismatch on paper but is nonetheless intriguing. Seattle is the defending Super Bowl champion, is the number one seed in the NFC, has home field advantage where it’s dominant. Carolina only won seven games and has a quarterback with a broken back. Today’s game airs on a national TV channel and also airs via live stream online.
The Seahawks stumbled in the mid portion of the season but rebounded strong enough to win their division and notch the top record in the NFC, allowing them to play their first two playoff games at home with the benefit of the 12th Man. In contrast the Panthers aren’t even supposed to be here, having slipped into the playoffs almost by accident and having had the good fortune to face a first round opponent with a third string quarterback. Meanwhile Cam Newton isn’t supposed to be playing as well as he is, or at all, after injuring his back in a car accident late in the season. But Carolina has sudden momentum, and Seattle is either rested or rusty after the bye.
Today’s Seattle Seahawks vs Carolina Panthers NFL football playoff game has a start time of 8:15pm eastern time and airs on TV channel FOX in all markets. The game is also available as a live stream online.