"We finish better than anybody," Seahawks linebacker
Carolina is certainly finishing better than it started. The
Still, knocking off Seattle will take more.
"We have to play better than we have," said Panthers Coach
Seattle is looking for its fifth consecutive victory over Carolina in the past five seasons. In the last three of those games combined, Panthers quarterback
Ready to dance
This season, the Panthers finished 7-8-1 to become the second such team.
"It isn't the prettiest thing, but we got a date to the prom at the end of the day," Carolina safety
Stewart grew up in Lacey, Wash., and once played a Pop Warner game on the Seahawks' home field, back when the team played in the long-since-imploded Kingdome.
"He looks like he did running in high school," Carroll told reporters this week. "I watched him and recruited and tried to get him way back then."
Stewart chose Oregon over USC. Asked how well he got to know him when he was coach of the Trojans, Carroll said: "Not well enough. We didn't get him."
By the numbers
Points scored; 21.2 (19); 24.6 (10)
Points allowed; 23.4 (21); 15.9 (1)
Pass offense; 219.4 (19); 203.1 (27)
Rush offense; 127.2 (7); 172.6 (1)
Pass defense; 227.8 (11); 185.6 (1)
Rush defense; 112.0 (16); 81.5 (3)
Sacks; 40 (13); 37 (20)
Penalty yards; 47.5 (5); 38.3 (1)
Turnovers; +3 (13); +9 (4)
This game should be pretty close, and pits similar teams on both sides of the ball. Neither team will be able to run the ball as well as they're accustomed to. The quarterbacks are going to try to run, and