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Where: CenturyLink Field, Seattle.
When: Sunday January 11, 01:15 (UK time)
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The Seattle Seahawks host the Carolina Panthers at CenturyLink Field on Saturday as they look to take another step closer to becoming repeat champions.
The Seahawks are aiming to become the first repeat champions in 10 years and with their defense back on title form they will be searching for their seventh straight win on Saturday night.
It didn’t all look so simple for Seattle at the start of the season as they trailed both the San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals in their division, but a recent impressive run of form based on defense has got them believing that they can go all the way again.
The Seahawks have allowed just three touchdowns, 39 points and kept five of six opponents to seven points or less while winning their last six games to finish 12-4 in the regular season.
However, they will have to maintain that kind of form against quarterback Cam Newton and the Panthers who after scraping through to the playoffs now look a dangerous outfit.
Newton has been inconsistent so far this season which was displayed again in last weekend’s win over the Cardinals as he had two touchdowns but also threw an interception which led to a score while he also coughed up a fumble.
Coach Ron Rivera knows his team must produce a near-perfect performance on both ends of the field if they are to advance but their defensive unit gives them hope of doing so.
They will have to find a way to contain both quarterback Russell Wilson and running back Marshawn Lynch though as the Seahawks are strong favourites to prevail.