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Seahawks Can Bust Myth Of Home Field Advantage

Home field advantage hasn’t been the stone-cold lock some believe it is. The first-round bye has bitten several top seeds over the year, and the phrase “Any Given Sunday” is truly in effect, no matter the team nor venue.

1090 The Fan–01/01/2014

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 29: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on December 29, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Newton Needs Panthers Players To Step Up

The Carolina Panthers had to win the last game of the season to get the NFC South title and a first-round bye so it’s not like it was a time they could rest their players. Steve Smith had to sit out with an injury, and there were not a lot of other options for Cam Newton to rely on, but there need to be.

12/31/2013

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 29: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers celebrates a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on December 29, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Presto Chango: Panthers Turn Awful 2013 Start Into First-Round Playoff Bye

The Carolina Panthers started off the season with a 1-3 start, and were tied with the Atlanta Falcons for second place. It wasn’t a second place that was even close to the NFC South-leading New Orleans Saints, but the rest of the season proved to turn out completely different.

12/30/2013

Golden Tate and the Seahawks looks to waive goodbye, again, to the Rams, and clinch home field advantage Sunday. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Churchill’s Picks, Playoff Projections

Obviously, I see the Seattle Seahawks edging out the St. Louis Rams at CenturyLink and finally securing the division title, the No. 1 overall seed and thus a first-round bye and home field advantage throughout their trek through the NFC Playoffs.

1090 The Fan–12/29/2013

Rodgers and the Packers are a major factor this weekend. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Churchill: NFL Playoff Picture

With many looking forward to Seahawks-49ers Part III, San Francisco may have to beat Green Bay on the road, then the Carolina Panthers on the road, before getting another shot at Seattle.

1090 The Fan–12/26/2013

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Sports Verdict: Who Will Win The NFC South? Saints Vs. Panthers

Both the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers sit tied atop the NFC South at 10-4. One of them will emerge as the winner of the conference in two weeks. The question is, who will secure the division title?

12/19/2013

Marshawn Lynch (Elsa/Getty Images)

Seahawks Unanimous For Top AP Pro32 Spot

For the third time in four weeks, the Seattle Seahawks drew every first-place vote in the AP Pro32 power rankings from a nationwide panel of media members who cover the NFL. Seattle easily outdistanced Denver in Tuesday’s balloting.

1090 The Fan–12/17/2013

Carson Palmer and the Arizona Cardinals are pushing for a playoff berth.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Churchill: Hawks, Niners, Saints, Pats To Win

While the college football scene takes a break between the regular season and the bowl schedule, I’ll be focusing on the NFL this week. There aren’t a lot of big-time matchups, but from here on […]

1090 The Fan–12/15/2013

Cam Newton looks to take his Panthers' winning ways to New Orleans (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Churchill: ASU, Auburn, Seahawks To Win

I’m on a big-time roll after a huge week that improved me to 19-4 in college football over the past two weeks, and 13-2 in the NFL to improve my last two weeks to 20-7. No points spreads here, just real-world picks.

1090 The Fan–12/07/2013

Russell Wilson (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Hawks Get Week 1 Win In Low-Scoring Affair

Russell Wilson threw a 43-yard touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse in the fourth quarter and Seattle’s defense came up with a huge turnover in the final minutes of a 12-7 win Sunday over the Carolina Panthers.

1090 The Fan–09/08/2013

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