The wildcard round of this year's NFL play-offs is officially in the books and the matches for next weeks divisional round are set.
The current Super Bowl champions and #1 seed in the NFC the Seattle Seahawks are largely tipped to retain the Lombardi trophy again this year.
They have been handed a favourable match-up in the divisional round against the #4 seed the Carolina Panthers who were the team with the worst record in the play-offs.
The Panthers beat the Arizona Cardinals - a team who had led the NFL for much of the first half of the regular season, in their wildcard game and now they face a tough trip to CenturyLink Field.
Everyone has been asking who would stand more of a chance against the Seahawks in this years play-offs and with just the Panthers, Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers left in the NFC, could there be a surprising answer to that question.
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Each team would offer something different to a potential match with the Seahawks and each one of them would be a great game to watch.
Green Bay Packers
The Packers will have to visit Seattle if they intend on reaching the Super Bowl - unless Carolina can pull off the win on Saturday.
This match would give us a great passing offense with some great offensive players against the top passing defense in the league.
Aaron Rodgers, Jordy Nelson and Eddie Lacy would threaten the Seahawks both in the air and on the ground but match-ups against Seahawks cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Byron Maxwell could make it a tough day for Green Bay.
The Cowboys without a doubt won the best wildcard game of the weekend as they overcame the Detroit Lions in very controversial circumstances.
With arguably the best three man combination in the league in Dez Bryant, DeMarco Murray and Tony Romo, their offense would test the Seahawks defense.
Lets not forget that the Cowboys have already won at CenturyLink Field once this year in week six.
The Panthers quite frankly shouldn't even be in the play-offs according to most people since their 7-8-1 regular season record was a lot lower than anyone else in the post-season.
Cam Newton and the Panthers overcame the Cardinals last weekend though and even more than that, they kept the Cardinals to the fewest amount of offensive yards ever in a play-off game.
The Panthers won 27-16 and their defense were the most impressive on the night coming away with two interceptions and a fumble recovery.
Who best to shoot down the Hawks?
So out of these three teams, who would be the team with the most chance to leave Seattle victorious?
Well as strange as it sounds, I feel the Panthers may actually be best suited to leave the home of the champions with a smile on their face.
Why? Well the Panthers are arguably the team who rely on passing the ball the least which undoubtedly takes two of the Seahawks biggest defensive weapons out of the equation.
They ran the ball 41 times against Arizona as oppose to throwing it just 32 so Seattle pass defense may be taken out of the equation.
Were the Cowboys and Packers utilise their passing plays quite effectively, that could be their down fall as oppose to the Panthers who could have the best game plan going into Seattle.
That all being said, Seattle have the number one ranked pass defense and number three ranked rush defense, so does anyone really have a chance?
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