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December 30, 2013

FAQ: The Panthers are in the playoffs, now what?

I just got in from Atlanta and the NFL playoffs are set, but there are still plenty of questions I'm getting about the hows and whats of the postseason.

I've put together a list of frequently asked questions and the answers to those. If you have more questions, leave it in the comment section or tweet me @jjones9.

When do the Panthers play next? Carolina will play on Jan. 12 at 1:05 p.m. at home. The divisional round game will be broadcast on FOX.

The Panthers are the No. 2 seed. How do playoff seedings work? Playoff seeds have already been determined and are set through the conference title games. The NFC seeds, in order, are Seattle, Carolina, Philadelphia, Green Bay, San Francisco and New Orleans. Records no longer matter in regard to seeding. The top four seeds are division winners followed by two wild card teams. The seedings are set through the conference playoffs and teams are not re-seeded based on postseason victories, opponents, regular-season records or anything else.

Who will the Panthers play on Jan. 12? That's a question the Panthers would love to know now so they could start preparing two weeks in advance. Carolina could play one of three teams: Philadelphia, Green Bay or San Francisco. The Panthers could not play Seattle or New Orleans in that round. The Seahawks, as the No. 1 seed, will face the team with the lower seed that wins in the Wild Card round while the Panthers will get the higher seed. For example, if No. 3 Philadelphia beats No. 6 New Orleans and No. 5 San Francisco beats No. 4 Green Bay, the Eagles will travel to Carolina because they're seeded higher than the 49ers. 

When will we know who Carolina plays on Jan. 12? New Orleans plays at Philadelphia on Jan. 4 at 8:10 p.m. If the Eagles win, the Panthers will know that night they are playing the Eagles. If New Orleans wins, the Saints will know they're playing the Seahawks, and the winner of the San Francisco-Green Bay game on Jan. 5 at 4:40 p.m. will travel to Carolina.

How can I get tickets to the Jan. 12 game? A limited number of tickets will go on sale Jan. 1 at 10 a.m. You can order them by phone, in person at a Ticketmaster center on online at ticketmaster.com. For more information, click here.

How can the Panthers get two home playoff games? If Carolina wins Jan. 12, the Panthers could host the NFC Championship Game only if Seattle loses in the divisional round. The Seahawks have home-field advantage throughout the conference playoffs.

When is the NFC Championship Game? Sunday, Jan. 19 at 6:30 p.m. on FOX. It will follow the AFC Championship Game, which airs on CBS at 3 p.m. the same day.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on December 30, 2013 at 01:11 AM | Permalink


Shula needs to go!

Posted by: Ryan | Dec 30, 2013 7:06:03 AM

Keep Pounding

Posted by: Timmy from CLT | Dec 30, 2013 8:46:50 AM

What Panther on both sides of the ball both offense and defense will need to really step up to make the Panthers a threat?

Posted by: paul | Dec 30, 2013 10:14:43 AM

12-4 and you want to fire the o-coordinator because he kept the turnovers low by being conservative? you sound like ron rivera earlier in the year.

chudzinski's available to give you 30 points per game and a 6-10 season.

as awesome as it was to watch greg hardy have some breakout games these past 2 games, that's going to hurt our talent level next year by paying him more.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 30, 2013 12:46:22 PM

Paul, I'm more concerned about the potential for renewed salary cap problems as Hardy, then Newton, Kuechly, Lotulelei and Short (These two to a lesser extent) all come up for their first veteran contracts over the next few years.

Posted by: Richard | Dec 30, 2013 2:42:50 PM

^^^^^ newton has another year, kuechly has 2, lotulelei and short have 3 more years....by then you have other guys coming off the books and new rookie scale guys replacing them.

we don't have cap problems. that was a story the observer fed you all year. we have a stacked team and 20 million in cap room to carry onto next year's cap. we have several large cap FIGURES that won't actually hold. those are just in contracts to get guys to sign them and give the teams leverage over them to restructure. olsen and godfrey both have high cap figures that are not guaranteed and will not be paid. i believe stewart is due to be cut or restructured as well. and we don't need much that we can't get in the draft. lafell didn't play himself into a big contract which is a good thing.

only concern is dealing with hardy and him getting too much because of 2 monster games to end the season. he's worth big money, but not anything crazy. but losing him would be TOUGH to swallow. that's the hard part. some idiot will offer him the biggest contract in the league. and that's what we'll have to compete with.

newton will be restricted summer of 15 and that will keep him from getting too big of an offer elsewhere that he would actually sign an offer sheet on. his deal will be easy if gettleman is half as good as hurney was (and i do think gettleman is a good gm).

this team is built to last for a while. lot of key pieces sat this year that are coming back next year, no problem. and 12-4 without them. think about that. 2 or 3 starters.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 30, 2013 3:43:38 PM

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