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Judy Battista of NFL.com writes that the Seahawks are still the most dangerous team in the NFC:
Which is something the Carolina Panthers should probably take note of. The Seahawks entered the game as perhaps the most dangerous team in the NFC and exited it the same, having escaped a largely unimpressive game from [Russell] Wilson, having endured elements that clearly hindered them, even having survived the absence of Marshawn Lynch on a day that was built for a player like him. For a team that has grown used to playing its playoff games at home, this was a different kind of challenge, and they got it out of the way.
Peter King of The MMQB offers early thoughts on Seahawks-Panthers:
Four regular-season meetings between the Pete Carroll Seahawks and the Ron Rivera Panthers. Seattle by 4 in 2012. Seattle by 5 in 2013. Seattle by 4 in 2014. Carolina by 4 this season. What’s always interesting in a divisional-round game is how the two teams enter in different states. Seattle comes off an emotional firestorm of a North Pole game in Minnesota, then travels for a second straight game at 10 a.m. PT. Carolina has been able to get extra rest for Ted Ginn Jr. (knee), who missed Week 17, and with two of the top four corners (Bene Benwikere and Charles Tillman) out for the year, Josh Norman and Cortland Finnegan will have to be every-down factors against Russell Wilson. Wilson versus Cam Newton should be appointment TV for the next decade in the NFL, and the best man will be the winner Sunday.
That distinction has belonged and still will to the one thatOdell Beckham Jr. of the Giants made last season. Baldwin's catch had some similarities with the way he twisted his body in midair and reached with one outstretched right arm to snag the football.
Wilson reiterated his declaration.
"Greatest catch I've ever seen. Odell's was pretty cool last year to watch his catch," Wilson said before noting how Beckham caught the nose of the football with his fingers. "But to catch it in that circumstance, I mean, that catch right there was remarkable."
But Michael patiently chipped away at a very tough Vikings defense, which is the exact style he might have become frustrated with earlier in his career.
“This is what he’s become, and I’m so proud of him,” receiver Doug Baldwin said. “I can’t say enough about him -- his mentality when he got back with us and his focus and his resolve to be better than he was. It’s showing up, and we needed him in a major way. He was consistent with it, he took care of the ball, and he got the tough yards, especially in this type of weather. We knew it was going to be a grinder, and he answered the bell. I couldn’t be happier for him.”