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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)

Weather affects Panthers' plan

By STEVE REED

The Associated Press

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CHARLOTTE — Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera likes to refer to Pro Bowl running back Jonathan Stewart as his team’s “tempo setter.”

The hard-running Stewart piled up 106 yards rushing and two touchdowns against the Seattle Seahawks’ top-ranked run defense in Carolina’s 31-24 divisional playoff win last Sunday, including a 59-yard run on the first play from scrimmage which led to a Panthers touchdown.


That set the tone for Carolina, which jumped out to a 31-point lead.

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