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Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (Carolina Panthers photo)

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (Carolina Panthers photo)

Carolina  Panthers  logo  2Charlotte, N.C. — The Seattle Seahawks staged a great comeback in the second half of the divisional round here at the Bank of America Stadium Sunday, Jan. 17, but couldn’t overcome the 31 points piled up by the Carolina Panthers in the first half. The former Super Bowl Champions and last year’s Super Bowl contenders went down to defeat 31-24.
Quarterback Cam Newton and his prowling Panthers shut the Hawks out in the first half and then didn’t score in the second half as the Hawks put together 24 points but ran out of time.
Cam Newton and his Panthers blew out the Hawks from the first possession of the game when running back Jonathan Stewart ran 59 yards and ended up with the first of his two touchdowns. Then, Luke Kuechly intercepted Hawk quarterback Russell Wilson and ran a 14-yard pick six to bump the score up to 14-0. The first half Panther barrage continued with Stewart’s second touchdown putting them at 21-0. Greg Olsen’s final touchdown of the half and Graham Gano’s 48-yard field goal gave the Panthers their 31 point lead at halftime.
The Hawks missed a 55-yard field goal and went to the locker room in shut out city.
seahawks-logoAnd then, folks, the Panthers got stopped cold in the second half and watched from Punt Out City as quarterback Russell Wilson and the Seahawks kicked into high gear.
The Hawks roared out into their opening possession with a touchdown pass from Wilson to Jermaine Kearse — his first of the half. Wilson threw three touchdown passes and completed for 366 yards. By the time Wilson spiked the ball to stop the clock at 1:21 to go in the game the Hawks had scored 21 points and kicker Steven Hauschka hit a 36-yard field goal to make it 31-24. With 1:07 left Hauschka tried an offside kick which the Panthers recovered, so they won the game.
The 16-1 Panthers will host the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC championship game next Sunday for a chance to play the Super Bowl. The Cardinals defeated the Green Bay Packers 26-20 in overtime Saturday at Phoenix, Ariz. The Cards are now 14-3.
The Carolina Panthers (Carolina Panthers photo)

The Carolina Panthers (Carolina Panthers photo)

Panther running back Jonathan Stewart scored two touchdowns in the first half of the game Sunday.  (Carolina Panthers photo)

Panther running back Jonathan Stewart scored two touchdowns in the first half of the game Sunday. (Carolina Panthers photo)

The Carolina TopCats cheerleaders (Carolina Panthers photo)

The Carolina TopCats cheerleaders (Carolina Panthers photo)

Jonathan Stewart after scoring a Panther touchdown Sunday. (Carolina Panthers photo)

Jonathan Stewart after scoring a Panther touchdown Sunday. (Carolina Panthers photo)

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton greets Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson after the game Sunday. (Carolina Panthers photo)

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton greets Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson after the game Sunday. (Carolina Panthers photo)

The Carolina TopCats had something to cheer about Sunday. (Carolina Panthers photo)

The Carolina TopCats had something to cheer about Sunday. (Carolina Panthers photo)

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