The Carolina Panthers will look to avenge an early season loss when they travel to CenturyLink Field to face the Seattle Seahawks. To earn a trip to Seattle, Carolina defeated the Arizona Cardinals 27-16. Running back Jonathan Stewart was the catalyst for Carolina’s offense, rushing for 123 yards and one touchdown on 23 carries. As a team, Carolina out-rushed Arizona 188-to-27 as its offensive line, which is finally healthy, dominated the line of scrimmage. Cam Newton threw for 198 yards and two touchdowns while adding 35 rushing yards. Newton’s touchdown passes both went to running backs, Fozzy Whittaker and Mike Tolbert, who have been unsung heroes for this team. Carolina will face a hostile environment when they travel to Seattle to face the Seahawks and the 12th man. Fans can expect to pay above average ticket prices for this match-up.
According to TiqIQ, the secondary market average price for Panthers vs. Seahawks tickets is $368.04 while the get-in price is $158. Ticket prices for this match-up are the second highest among the NFL Divisional Round. It is however, 7% below the regular season average price in Seattle this year.
Carolina lost its Week 8 matchup at home to Seattle, 13-9, but was missing a few key players. Running backs Mike Tolbert and DeAngelo Williams, who missed the first matchup, will return to help a rushing attack that generated 114 yards in its first meeting. Carolina went 0-for-3 inside Seattle’s 20-yard line and due to injuries, were forced to utilize tight ends in its backfield during red zone situations. With Tolbert and Williams healthy for this NFC Divisional Round showdown, offensive coordinator Mike Shula will have numerous red zone options. Seattle did not have All-Pro inside linebacker, Bobby Wagner during this matchup, but will have him this weekend. Carolina’s defense will need to contain Russell Wilson, who has been shredding man coverage all season. Wilson ran for 35 yards in their Week 8 victory.
Seattle has won four straight games against Carolina with the last three meetings occurring at Bank of America Stadium. Newton has never played at CenturyLink Field and may be in for a rude awakening if his team falls behind. Fans in the Seattle area can expect to pay slightly below average ticket prices for this matchup.
The winner of this game will just be a game away from representing the NFC in the Super Bowl. Currently, the secondary market average price for Super Bowl tickets on TiqIQ is $3370.23, almost exactly the average price of last year’s Super Bowl.