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Five interesting facts about the Panthers

Here are a five interesting facts about the Carolina Panthers entering Saturday’s playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks:

1. Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is 0-3 against the Seahawks (with all three games in Charlotte) and has completing only 54 percent of his passes in those games. He has thrown only one TD pass against Seattle and one interception. Newton is known for his explosive plays, but they’ve been lacking this season. His longest throw was 51 yards and his longest run was 22 yards.

2. Many of the Carolina players will be coming to CenturyLink Field for the first time, including Newton, All-Pro middle linebacker Luke Kuechly and talented rookie wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin.

3. The Panthers (8-8-1) have won their last five games, but four of those victories have come against teams with a combined 2014 record of 22-42. And the playoff victory came against an Arizona team that had lost five of its last seven games and was playing its a third-string quarterback and backup running back.

4. The Panthers are only the second team in NFL history to win its division with a losing record. The other was the 2010 Seahawks at 7-9. Seattle lost the second playoff game.

5. Carolina rushed for 114 yards in the 13-9 loss to Seattle on Oct. 26, but middle linebacker Bobby Wagner did not play that day and strong safety Kam Chancellor was struggling with hip, groin and ankle injuries.