The NFC side of the divisional round kicks off late in the afternoon on Saturday, as the Seattle Seahawks host the Carolina Panthers. The game kicks off at 5:15 p.m. PT on FOX, with Kevin Burkhardt and John Lynch getting the call. They moved into the No. 2 spot ahead of Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa.
I'd like to think the Panthers have a shot in this one, but my gut says this is the ugliest of the three contests. The Panthers best shot is if they can make it ugly for both sides and turn it into a low-scoring affair. They might have to sell out against Marshawn Lynch and hope Russell Wilson makes mistakes. Otherwise, I just don't see the Panthers coming all that close to covering the 11-point spread. Carolina has a nice little win streak going, but they did not look overly impressive against a weakened Arizona Cardinals squad. If they can bounce back from that, great, but I am not holding my breath.
Where: CenturyLink Field, Seattle
When: 5:15 p.m. PT
Announcers: Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch
Radio: Panthers Radio Network | Seahawks Radio Network
Online Streaming: Verizon NFL Mobile
Odds: The Seahawks opened as heavy favorites, and have stayed that way throughout the week. Seattle could be had at -11 early on in the week, according to OddsShark.
Seahawks blog: Field Gulls
Panthers blog: Cat Scratch Reader