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Conference Semi-finals

Seahawks (11-6) @ Panthers (15-1) — Carolina (+7) won 27-23 at Seattle coming off its bye in Week 6, with four 80+-yard TD drives, three in second half. Win ended 5-game losing skid vs Seahawks, who beat Panthers 31-17 in LY’s playoffs and are 7-3 overall vs Carolina, with three straight wins in Charlotte by 4-5-4 points (average total, 23.0). Panthers are 15-1 with only loss in Atlanta threee weks ago; they’re 5-2 as home favorites. Seattle won seven of last eight games, losing only to Rams in Week 16; they held five of last six foes to 13 points or less, are 1-1-1 as an underdog this year. NFC’s #1 seed is 21-4 SU in this round since 1990, winning last three by 2-8-14 points (1-4 vs spread in last five). Newton is 1-2 in his playoff games; Russell Wilson is 7-2 in playoff games; Seahawks won NFC last two years.

Steelers (11-6) @ Broncos (12-4) — How badly hurt is Big Ben? Antonio Brown? Osweiler might not be available, so what if Manning gets hurt? Steelers (-6.5) rallied from being down 27-13 at half to beat Denver 34-27 at Heinz in Week 15, nine of their four TD drives were longer than 60 yards (won field position by 11 yards). Roethlisberger has damaged shoulder but led winning drive LW; he is 11-5 in playoff games. Steelers are 2-6 in last eight visits to Denver, losing playoff game here in ’11– they’re 3-4 in playoffs vs Broncos. Pitt won five of last six games overall; they’re 3-3-1 as an underdog this year, but they did beat a backup QB in Cincy LW. Rookie Semien could be Denver’s backup QB; Broncos are 5-4 last nine games after a 7-0 start; they’re only 1-5 vs spread as a home favorite this season. .