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Seahawks 31, Panthers 17: Postgame reaction thread

One down. On to the next.

It wasn't always pretty, but Seattle took another step toward defending its Super Bowl title Saturday with a 31-17 win over the Carolina Panthers at CenturyLink Field.

The Seahawks started slow, but eventually asserted their will and pulled away in the fourth quarter for an easy victory in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs.

Russell Wilson had perhaps the best playoff game of his career, completing 15 of 22 passes for 268 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. But Carolina kept the ball out of his hands for much of the first half. After the break, however, Seattle outscored the Panthers 17-7 and salted it away.

The playoff victory is the first for a defending Super Bowl champion since 2005.

It ensures that for the second consecutive season, the NFC Championship game will be played at CenturyLink Field. It will be the Seahawks’ fourth trip to a conference title game. Seattle will host the winner of Dallas and Green Bay, who play Sunday.

Let’s get to your thoughts:

1. Obviously Kam gets one game ball, but who else? Goats?

2. Where does Wilson's performance rank among his previous playoff games?

3. Took awhile for Seattle to get going. More of the same or concerning?

4. Who will win tomorrow? Who do you want to see back here the most?

5. With that in mind, what will be the keys be to next week's game?

Penalties?

Thomas INT? Yeas or no?

Kam running into the kicker?

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