SEATTLE - Heres what has set the defending champion Seattle Seahawks apart: They seem to have perfected not overhyping an individual game.While others are willing to acknowledge the enormity of the moment, the Seahawks thrive by keeping everything even.Im just thinking to myself, Its the same for us. Its not going to be different. Its going to be another football game. Its going to be us versus yall, Seattle linebacker Bruce Irvin said. Thats the biggest thing. Our mindset is different. Pete (Carroll) has us at a whole different level than other people think.That approach will be tested on Saturday night when the Seahawks (12-4) host the Carolina Panthers in an NFC divisional playoff game. Aside from facing an opponent with similar qualities, the Seahawks will be trying to overcome recent history.No defending Super Bowl champion has won a playoff game the following year since New England in January 2006. Three defending champs have earned a playoff bye since then only to get upset at home in the divisional round. The most recent was Green Bay, which went 15-1 in 2011 and was knocked off by the New York Giants at home.That is the history the Seahawks are attempting to ignore and the trend the Panthers (8-8-1) are hoping to continue.I think we have the experience of it being the same game to us and understanding that we play a championship game every week and this is no different, Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman said. We play it like its an elimination game every week so it doesnt change that for us.The Seahawks are riding a six-game winning streak, turning the contentiousness of a 6-4 record into a second straight NFC West title and the No. 1 seed in the NFC. Theyve also won three straight regular-season games against the Panthers.But the Panthers have a way of making things difficult on the Seahawks. None of the three games were decided by more than five points and neither team scored more than 16.Carolina is trying to become the first team to reach the conference championship game after making the playoffs with a losing record. Seattle knows the road Carolina is trying to travel. The Seahawks won the NFC West in 2010 with a 7-9 mark and beat New Orleans in the wild-card round before falling to Chicago.The truth of the matter is it doesnt matter how you get in, just get in, and then see what happens, Carolina coach Ron Rivera said. Its what happened to Seattle a few years back, they got hot. They got hot, they won a game, thats kind of the way we look at it. We got hot, we won a home field playoff game, but we just go from there.Here are other things to watch as Seattle seeks an eighth straight playoff win at home:CAM AND RUSS: Cam Newton has never played well against Seattle and all those games have been at home. Newton has a passer rating of 70.6 and been sacked eight times in three games against the Seahawks.Its about going into a hostile environment and not only proving to people, but proving to ourselves that we belong here, Newton said.Russell Wilson hasnt been perfect, but has managed to make key plays to go 3-0 against Carolina. This season, Wilson hit Luke Willson on a 23-yard TD in the final minute to pull out the victory.PANTHERS ON THE RUN: The Panthers are averaging 196.6 yards rushing per game during their current win streak.Jonathan Stewart has carried the load, averaging 104.8 yards per game with two touchdowns during that span.Newton is averaging 56.2 yards per game with three TDs during the stretch. One of the main reasons for the improved play is the Panthers have found consistency on the offensive line, starting the same five players for the past six games.SUFFOCATING: When All-Pro linebacker Bobby Wagner and safety Kam Chancellor returned from injuries, Seattles defence became suffocating. The Seahawks didnt allow any fourth-quarter points during their six-game winning streak. They allowed 39 total points and an average of 202.2 total yards.GANO STRUGGLING: Carolinas Graham Gano parlayed an outstanding season in 2013 into a big contract this past off-season. Hes 30 of 37 this year, but has struggled in recent weeks with missed field goals in three of the last four games. Hes also struggled in the fourth quarter, converting just 8 of 12 attempts.EAR PLUGS: Newton and his Carolina teammates have never experienced CenturyLink Field and its notorious noise. Sherman called the first experience for any opponent in Seattle unnerving. Including the post-season, Seattle has won 24 of 26 at home.I never think you can be a championship team unless you have a great advantage when you play at home, Carroll said.___AP Sports Writer Steve Reed contributed to this report.___Online:AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL Ozzie Newsome Jersey. James Harden wasnt worried and told his coach as much. "He was fired up but I told him: Its OK. Were going to be all right," Harden said. And they were. Houston scored 17 straight points after that timeout, led by 10 from Harden, to take the lead and roll to an easy 129-106 win. Ibraheim Campbell Jersey. He scored two highlight-reel goals in a three-minute span -- the second on a sideways bicycle kick in the 78th minute -- to give the Whitecaps a 2-2 draw with the Portland Timbers before a crowd of 20,303 at B. http://www.brownsauthenticproshop.com/Youth-Jamar-Taylor-Browns-Jersey/. Milan was held to 1-1 at home by Torino. Cagliari scored six minutes from halftime when Mauricio Pinilla blasted home from the penalty spot after Facundo Roncaglia tripped Marco Sau. The home side could have doubled its tally in stoppage time as first Fiorentina defender Stefan Savic almost scored an own goal then Albin Ekdals shot clipped the top of the upright. Kevin Zeitler Jersey. "[People] keep asking that question and its not a legit question because we dont have that right, we havent arrived yet," Casey responded. "Weve got to take each game at a time, each possession at a time and look at it that way. DeShone Kizer Jersey. HABS HEADED TO CONFERENCE FINAL The Montreal Canadiens scored early in Game Seven, built a lead and protected it well on their way to a 3-1 series-clinching win over the Boston Bruins. While this game or series isnt necessarily a referendum on the value of fourth lines, the Canadiens certainly benefitted from production lower down their forward depth chart.SANTA CLARA, Calif. - San Francisco 49ers running back Kendall Hunters season is over before it began. The 49ers confirmed Saturday that Hunter tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during Fridays practice. Hunter began training camp as the No. 2 running back behind Frank Gore. Hunters knee buckled awkwardly as he tried to make a move during a non-contact drill. He was able to walk off the field on his own before an MRI confirmed the tear. Hunters injury leaves LaMichael James, rookie Carlos Hyde, rehabbing Marcus Lattimore and Jewel Hampton as the most likely candidates to fill the void behiind Gore in San Franciscos power running game.dddddddddddd Hunter had spelled Gore more than anybody the past three years. He burst onto the scene as a rookie in 2011 and started strong in 2012 before missing the final two months of the season — when the 49ers advanced to the Super Bowl, losing to the Baltimore Ravens — with a torn left Achilles tendon. Hunter rushed for 358 yards and three touchdowns on 78 carries last season. He has averaged 4.6 yards per carry since San Francisco selected him in the fourth round of the 2011 draft out of Oklahoma State. He was entering the final season of his contract. Wholesale Jerseys ' ' '