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Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart (28) celebrates his touchdown with Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
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Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart (28) celebrates his touchdown with Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) against the Seattle Seahawks during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Panthers sink Seahawks

By Barry Wilner

The Associated Press

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CHARLOTTE — Four games into his playoff career, Cam Newton recognizes the key element to success. He calls it “Big Mo,” and there could not have been a better example than Carolina’s 31-24 victory over Seattle on Sunday.

Emphatically backing up their superb regular season with one of the most dominating halves in football history, the Panthers then hung on for the win in the face of a furious Seahawks rally.


“The playoffs bring out more than any other time the impact of ‘Big Mo,’” Newton said after Carolina (16-1) clinched a spot in the NFC title game, which they will host next Sunday against Arizona (13-3). “Momentum. ... We can’t wait for no one to make plays for us.”

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