Bill Wixey: Top 5 reasons why the Seahawks will beat the Panther

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SEATTLE — The Seahawks could host the NFC Championship game for the second straight year… if they take care of business tomorrow against the Carolina Panthers in the Divisional playoff game at CenturyLink Field.

So, in honor of getting us back to the Championship game, I have a list for you:

The Top 5 reasons why the Seahawks will beat the Carolina Panthers Saturday

  1. The Legion of Boom and the Seahawks defense — Seattle limited opponents to 39 points in its final six games (6.5 points per game). That`s the fewest points allowed by a team in the last six games of a season since 1978, when the NFL switched to a 16-game schedule. The Panthers defense has also been great down the stretch, but not historically great.
  1. Cam Newton — To put it bluntly, I think Cam Newton is a poor man`s Colin Kaepernick. He will hurt you with his legs, but he is a terribly inconsistent and inaccurate passer. I suspect bad things are in store for the Panthers offense with him at the helm.
  1. The 12s — Hawks have the best home field advantage in football, and it`ll be a brand new thing for Cam Newton and the panther offense. They have no idea what they are in for, noise wise.
  1. The Panthers have struggled against good teams — The Panthers are 2-5-and-1 against playoff teams, including last week`s win over Arizona. The only other win against a playoff team came in week two against the Detroit Lions. The Seahawks are 5-1 against playoff teams. The only loss coming to Dallas.
  1. The Seahawks beat people up — Defensively, they have imposed their will with devastating hits. Offensively, they batter defenses with their bruising running game, and wear teams down in the second half. The Panthers’motto for this late-season run is “keep pounding”, but I believe it’s going to be the Seahawks that do the pounding.

My final score prediction:

Seahawks 26

Panthers 6

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