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Seahawks and Panthers meet for 7th time in 5 years

CAROLINA (4-7) at SEATTLE (7-3-1)

Sunday, 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC

OPENING LINE — Seahawks by 6 1/2

RECORD VS. SPREAD — Panthers 3-7-1, Seahawks 6-5

SERIES RECORD — Seahawks lead 7-4

LAST MEETING — Panthers beat Seahawks 31-24, Jan. 17, 2016 in divisional playoff

LAST WEEK — Panthers lost to Raiders 35-32; Seahawks lost to Buccaneers 14-5.

AP PRO32 RANKING — Panthers No. 24; Seahawks No. 5

PANTHERS OFFENSE — OVERALL (14), RUSH (13), PASS (19).

PANTHERS Defence — OVERALL (17), RUSH (2), PASS (29).

SEAHAWKS OFFENSE — OVERALL (17), RUSH (27), PASS (14).

SEAHAWKS Defence — OVERALL (7), RUSH (14T), PASS (10).

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES -- Seventh meeting in past five seasons between teams. ... Last meeting in NFC divisional playoff when Panthers built 31-0 lead before holding off second-half rally by Seahawks. ... Panthers remained on West Coast after loss to Oakland, practicing in Bay Area before travelling to Seattle. .... Panthers sit three games behind in division with five to go. ... QB Cam Newton has 13 TD passes through 11 games. Last season he had 20 TD passes and 27 total TDs after 11 games on way to league MVP honours . ... Newton has five rushing TDs and is only player in NFL with five or more TD runs in each of past six seasons. ... TE Greg Olson leads NFL TEs with 790 yards receiving and second with 58 receptions. ... WR Ted Ginn Jr. had 88-yard TD last week, third longest in franchise history. ... C Ryan Khalil placed on injured reserve this week along with backup Gino Gradkowski. C Tyler Larsen expected to make first start against Seahawks. ... LB Thomas Davis had seven tackles and interception last week. Davis is second on team with 71 tackles. ... LB Luke Kuechly expected to miss second straight game with concussion suffered Nov. 17 vs. Saints. ... S Kurt Coleman in question after entering concussion protocol following loss to Raiders. Michael Griffin would start if Coleman can't go. ... Seahawks 17-3-1 in prime time games since 2010. ... Seahawks looking to remain only undefeated team at home in NFL. ... Seattle's' streak of 88 straight regular-season games leading or being within one score in fourth quarter snapped last week vs. Buccaneers. ... Seahawks lead NFL in scoring defence , giving up 17.0 points per game. ... QB Russell Wilson has 111.7 passer rating in past nine home games. ... Wilson rushed for season-high 80 yards last week vs. Buccaneers. He had 79 yards rushing for the season going into the game. ... Seahawks rank 27th in league averaging 88.9 yards per game rushing. ... WR Doug Baldwin has eight TD catches in past eight home games. ... TE Jimmy Graham has eight career TDs vs. Panthers. ... Bradley Sowell starting at RT in place of Garry Gilliam. ... Seahawks hopeful about C Justin Britt (ankle), CB DeShawn Shead (hamstring), FS Earl Thomas (hamstring) all returning from injury. ... DE Michael Bennett expected to play for first time since Week 7 following minor knee surgery. ... DE Cliff Avril leads NFC with 10 sacks. ... LB Bobby Wagner leading NFL with 118 tackles. ... K Steven Hauschka has made field goal in 14 straight games. ... Fantasy Tip: Jonathan Stewart had 106 yards rushing and two TDs in playoff win over Seahawks. Seattle has been shaky against run, giving up 100.2 yards per game on ground. Stewart might be good option.

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