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Carolina Panthers

10 a.m., Sunday, Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, N.C.

Against the Seahawks: Seattle leads the all-time series, 3-2. The last time the teams met (Oct. 7, 2012), Seattle won, 16-12, in Charlotte. The teams have met once in the postseason, with Seattle winning, 34-14, in the 2005 NFC title game at CenturyLink Field.

Stats and stuff: After a rough start, the Panthers won five of their final six to finish at 7-9. In Carolina’s last eight games, quarterback Cam Newton compiled a 94.7 passer rating (143-for-240 passing, 59.6 percent, for 1,920 yards, 14 touchdowns and three interceptions). He also rushed for 397 yards and five touchdowns. ... Ted Ginn Jr. was brought in from San Francisco to add some explosiveness to Carolina’s special teams. Ginn also will play some receiver for the Panthers. ... Carolina receiver Steve Smith, 34, will look to extend his streak of 91 consecutive games with a reception, which began in 2006. Smith also needs 548 yards to become the 21st player in NFL history to reach 12,000 career receiving yards. ... Carolina defensive tackle Star Lotulelei, the team’s first round draft pick, is the cousin of Seahawks rookie linebacker John Lotulelei. ... Injured Carolina running back Jonathan Stewart (ankles) is a graduate of Timberline High School. ... Panthers assistant special-teams coach Bruce DeHaven served as the Seahawks’ special-teams coach from 2007-09. ... Panthers wide receivers coach Ricky Proehl played for Seattle from 1995-96. ... Seahawks defensive assistant Marquand Manuel played for the Panthers during the 2007 season. ... Former Seahawks defensive tackle Colin Cole caught on with the Panthers after missing the 2011 and 2012 seasons with a serious ankle injury.

Quotable: “I’m glad they’ve got a buzz, I’m glad they’re feeling good about themselves. But if they don’t block, they don’t run, they don’t score – they don’t win. It’s as simple as that.” — Carolina defensive end Greg Hardy, commenting on Seattle’s Super Bowl buzz.


Sunday Seattle

Sept. 15 at Buffalo

Sept. 22 N.Y. Giants

Sept. 29 Bye

Oct. 6 at Arizona

Oct. 13 at Minnesota

Oct. 20 St. Louis

Oct. 24 at Tampa Bay

Nov. 3 Atlanta

Nov. 10 at San Francisco

Nov. 18 New England

Nov. 24 at Miami

Dec. 1 at Tampa Bay

Dec. 8 at New Orleans

Dec. 15 N.Y. Jets

Dec. 22 New Orleans

Dec. 29 at Atlanta