Carolina Panthers (8-8-1) at Seattle Seahawks (12-4)
Saturday, 8:15 p.m. ET on Fox
PANTHERS AT A GLANCE
How they got here: The Panthers had one of the most unusual paths to the divisional round of any team in NFL history.
Carolina went two entire months between wins. The Panthers beat Chicago on Oct. 5 and didn't win again until knocking off New Orleans on Dec. 7. They suffered through a 1-8-1 stretch. And because the NFC South might have been the worst division in NFL history, a four-game winning streak at the end of the regular season allowed them to steal the NFC South title with a losing record, just the second team in NFL history to make the playoffs with a losing record. The first? The Seahawks, in 2010.
And if the Panthers needed one more break, they got it, when the Arizona Cardinals and third-string quarterback Ryan Lindley came in and put up an NFL playoff record low 78 yards in 27-16 win.
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