NFL Playoff Picture 2016: AFC, NFC Brackets, Odds, Scenarios and Picks

January 16th, 2016 by Steve Silverman Leave a reply »

It's prove-it time for the Carolina Panthers. 

The team that rolled to 14 straight victories at the start of the season and finished with a 15-1 record has not won a lot of accolades from those who follow the NFL.

Oh, yes, they had a brilliant regular-season run, but what does it matter if Ron Rivera's team doesn't back up its outstanding regular-season play with an even better performance in the postseason?

The Panthers get started Sunday when they host the Seattle Seahawks, the two-time defending NFC champions. Seattle was not at the top of its game for much of the regular season, and head coach Pete Carroll's team could only put together a 10-6 record.

However, the Seahawks were 6-1 down the stretch, and they brought back memories of the 2013 and 2014 seasons. However, there was one big difference during that run.

It was the passing game. Prior to the second half of this season, Russell Wilson seemed like an overachiever who made the most out of his athleticism, guts and ability to come through in the clutch.

Those are all important factors, but as the Seahawks ripped off impress ...

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