Seahawks vs. Panthers 2016 live stream: Time, TV schedule and how to watch NFL playoffs online

Get ready for Wilson-Newton VI.

The Carolina Panthers‘ reward for a historic 15-win season is a playoff-opening matchup against the two-time defending NFC champs and one of the most dangerous wild card teams in recent years. Riding a serious second-half hot streak and boasting an unrivaled recent playoff pedigree, the Seattle Seahawks look primed for another deep postseason run.

The Panthers fell one game short of perfection, losing to the Falcons in Week 16, but re-established their swagger with a blowout win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the season finale. They made a statement that they’re the team to beat in the NFC, becoming just the seventh team in NFL history to win 15 or more games in the regular season. Now, for the first time ever, the road to the Super Bowl goes through Carolina.

While winning 15 games remains a tremendous accomplishment, it hardly guarantees a happy ending in February for the Panthers. Among the previous six clubs to do it, only two won the Super Bowl (1984 49ers, 1985 Bears) and just one other reached the final game (2007 Patriots). That means that half of them were eliminated either in the Divisional round (2011 Packers) or the Conference Championship (2004 Steelers, 1998 Vikings).

Still, the fact remains that the Panthers are just two home wins away from playing for the Lombardi Trophy, and they bring an 11-game win streak at Bank of America Stadium into Sunday’s contest. Carolina went 8-0 in Charlotte this season — the only NFL team that didn’t drop a home contest — and thoroughly dominated their opponents there, outscoring them by an average of 16 points per game.

While they hardly played the toughest schedule, the Panthers took care of business when they had to. They went 4-0 against playoff-bound teams, including a statement-making win at Seattle in Week 6. The Panthers had lost five straight to the Seahawks before that victory, and by dispatching of their nemesis with a fourth-quarter rally, Carolina set the tone for their record-breaking campaign.

If the Panthers are going to fulfill their goal of capturing the franchise’s first Super Bowl ring, they first have to dispatch of a scary and battle-tested Seahawks club that is arguably the most complete football team in the league. Seattle is the only team that ranked in the top five in total offense (fourth), scoring offense (fourth), total defense (second) and scoring defense (first) this season. Plus, they finished third in Football Outsiders’ special teams rankings.

The Seahawks also won’t be intimidated playing at an enemy stadium. They’ve won six straight road games — the league’s longest active streak — and have given up just one offensive touchdown in those six contests. They’ve also had recent success in Carolina, going 3-0 there with Russell Wilson under center.

Although the Seahawks had some early-season struggles in closing out games and holding late leads, they seemed to regain their comeback mojo with yet another dramatic playoff win last week in Minnesota. Since 2012, Seattle now has an NFL-best four wins in the postseason when trailing by at least nine points. The Seahawks are a hard to team to put away, especially in a win-or-go-home playoff setting.

How to Watch

When: 1:05 p.m. ET

Where: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte


Commentators: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman

Online: NFL Game Pass – All Posts

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