The Panthers knocked off the Arizona Cardinals in Charlotte this afternoon, moving to the Divisional Round even after finishing the season sub-.500 at 7-8-1. What does this mean for the Seahawks? Nothing, quite yet.
Seattle is set to face off against the lowest seeded remaining team after the Wild Card Round is done. The No. 6 seed Lions play the No. 3 seed Cowboys Sunday, so if Detroit manages to pull off the upset there, Seattle will draw Golden Tate and the Lions. That said, if Dallas manages to dispatch Detroit, Seattle will draw the No. 4 seed Panthers, who just beat the No. 5 seed Cardinals.
Regardless, Seattle holds homefield advantage throughout the Playoffs so whether it's Detroit or Carolina, the game will be held at CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks finished 7-1 at home this season, are 16-2 their last two seasons there, including the Playoffs, and will have the help of a week off to rest and get healthy.