NFL: Bruce Irvin, Seattle Seahawks beat Carolina, 31-17, reach second straight NFC Championship Game
Despite Bruce Irvin registering just a tackle and a sack against Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers, it was Russell Wilson using both his arm and legs for nearly 300 yards of offense and three touchdowns to lead the Seattle Seahawks to a 31-17 win in a NFC Divisional Playoff at CenturyLink Field Saturday night.
Up 14 with less than six minutes to go in the fourth quarter, Newton tossed his second interception of the game, which Kam Chancellor returned 90 yards for a game-sealing touchdown to give Seattle a 31-10 lead that Carolina couldn’t rally from in the final moments of the game. Richard Sherman also intercepted Newton early in the first quarter.
This will be Seattle’s second straight and fourth overall appearance in a conference championship game in the franchise’s 39-year history. The Seahawks made their first conference championship game as a member of the AFC West, while making the next three as a member of the NFC West.
Seattle, who earned Home Field Advantage throughout the NFC playoffs, awaits the winner of the other NFC Divisional Playoff between the Dallas Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers starting tomorrow at 1:05 p.m. on FOX.
The NFC Championship Game between Seattle and either Dallas or Green Bay begins at 3:05 p.m. on January 18 on FOX for a trip to Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, AZ on February 1 on NBC.