Team Stats

  • Total Yards

    • SEA 403
    • 295 CAR
  • Turnovers

    • SEA 2
    • 0 CAR
  • Possession

    35:38 24:22
  • 1st Downs

    • SEA 23
    • 19 CAR

Game Information

Bank of America Stadium
Coverage: FOX
  • Charlotte, NC 28202
  • Line: CAR -2.5
  • Over/Under: 42
Attendance: 74,287
Capacity: 73,778
Referees: Jeff Bergman, Greg Gautreaux, Adrian Hill, Tony Michalek, Scott Helverson, Tony Corrente, Pat Turner
1/18/2016 news services

Panthers build huge lead, survive Seahawks rally

The Panthers built a 31-point halftime lead before barely holding off Seattle's relentless comeback to beat the Seahawks 31-24 on Sunday to advance to the NFC Championship Game.

Scoring Summary

first QuarterSEACAR
Jonathan Stewart 4 Yd Run (Graham Gano Kick)
4 plays, 75 yards, 2:30
Luke Kuechly 14 Yd Interception Return (Graham Gano Kick)
2 plays, -3 yards, 0:52
second QuarterSEACAR
Jonathan Stewart 1 Yd Run (Graham Gano Kick)
15 plays, 86 yards, 8:44
Graham Gano 48 Yd Field Goal
4 plays, -1 yard, 1:35
Greg Olsen 19 Yd pass from Cam Newton (Graham Gano Kick)
9 plays, 54 yards, 4:45
third QuarterSEACAR
Jermaine Kearse 13 Yd pass from Russell Wilson (Steven Hauschka Kick)
4 plays, 35 yards, 1:33
Tyler Lockett 33 Yd pass from Russell Wilson (Steven Hauschka Kick)
7 plays, 63 yards, 2:40
fourth QuarterSEACAR
Jermaine Kearse 3 Yd pass from Russell Wilson (Steven Hauschka Kick)
9 plays, 73 yards, 3:28
Steven Hauschka 36 Yd Field Goal
11 plays, 60 yards, 1:37

Research Notes

  • Cam Newton posted a 74.1 QBR Sunday. The Panthers are now 36-12-1 in games where Newton posts a QBR of 50 or higher (including the postseason). They are 11-22 when he does not.

  • Cam Newton posted a 74.1 Total QBR Sunday, his highest in any postseason game in his career. Panthers are now 2-0 in the postseason when he posts a QBR of at least 50, and 0-2 when he does not.

  • Jermaine Kearse caught 10 of his 12 second-half targets for 101 yards and 2 touchdowns. That is his most receptions, yards and touchdowns in any half of his career. Kearse caught 1 of his 3 first-half targets for 9 yards.Kearse was also Wilson's favorite target when blitzed. Wilson was 6-of-7 for 57 yards and 2 touchdowns targeting Kearse on such plays.

  • Russell Wilson had nearly as many interceptions (2) as completions (3) when under duress in the first half. Wilson was perfect under duress after halftime.

  • Russell Wilson was 13-of-16 for 142 yards and 3 touchdowns against the blitz Sunday, his 2nd-most such completions in a game in his career (14 vs Cardinals in Week 7 of 2013), with all 3 touchdowns coming in the 2nd half. The Panthers blitzed on just 6 of Wilson's 19 1st-half dropbacks (32 percent), and both of Wilson's interceptions came against standard pressure. Despite the success with their 4-man pass rush, the Panthers increased their blitz rate after halftime (43 percent) and Wilson's 255 2nd-half pass yards are his most in any half of his career.

  • Cam Newton was pressured on 8.7% of his dropbacks Sunday (2 of 23), the lowest pressure percentage of his career.

  • The Panthers rushed 23 times for 118 yards in the 1st half Sunday (18 for 26 in 2nd half), including 81 rush yards before contact. That was tied for the most rush yards before contact allowed by the Seahawks for an entire game this season.The Panthers averaged 3.5 yards per rush before contact in the 1st half Sunday (0.4 in 2nd half). The Seahawks entered the game allowing 1.8 yards per rush before contact, best in the NFL.

  • The Seahawks blitzed on only 3 of Cam Newton's 23 dropbacks Sunday. Newton was 14-of-19 with a touchdown against 4 or fewer rushers in the game, including 7-of-9 in the 1st half. Newton had completed 54.2 percent of his passes against the Seahawks 4-man rush in his career prior to the game.

  • Even though the game ended with a seven-point margin, the Panthers had on average about a 96 percent chance to win across all their plays, the third-most dominant playoff win in the last eight seasons.

  • Cam Newton completed 72.7% of his passes (16-of-22), tied with Jake Delhomme for the Panthers' postseason single-game record with a minimum of 20 pass attempts (2005 Divisional Round @ CHI)

  • Russell Wilson had three touchdown passes in a postseason game for the second time in his career and both of those games have been against the Panthers.He had three touchdown passes in the 31-17 win over Carolina in last season's Divisional Playoffs.

  • This is the first time the Panthers have ever scored 30 or more points in a playoff game (previous high: 29 points, done 4 times).

  • Luke Kuechly's interception returned for a touchdown in the 1st quarter was the first defensive touchdown in Panthers playoff history.


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