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NFL playoffs: Carolina Panthers primer

The Carolina Panthers, as the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs, will host a divisional-round game on Jan. 12 at 1:05 p.m. Their opponent will be the highest-seeded team remaining from this weekend’s wild-card round. What that means:

If the Eagles beat the Saints: A victory by No. 3-seeded Philadelphia over No. 6 New Orleans on Saturday night would send the Eagles to Charlotte to face the Panthers.

If the Saints beat the Eagles: A victory by the No. 6 Saints would send them to Seattle to face the top-seeded Seahawks, and Sunday’s winner between fourth-seeded Green Bay and fifth-seeded San Francisco would come to Charlotte to face the Panthers.

The NFC Championship Game: Scheduled for Jan. 19, the game will be hosted by the higher remaining seed. The Panthers would need to win in the divisional round and have the Seahawks lose for the game to be in Charlotte.

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