Panthers quarterback Cam Newton says he is not concerned with the results of the past three meetings with the Seattle Seahawks, all losses.
The Panthers play the Seahawks in Saturday’s NFC Divisional Playoff.
In each of the past three years, Seattle has beaten Carolina. Each of those games was played in Charlotte with Seattle winning by a combined 13 points. Newton passed for 437 yards and one touchdown and has been sacked eight times in those three games.
"I don’t mean to be blunt, but the last three years don’t matter to me. They were a different team, and we were a different team six games ago," Newton said to Charlotte Magazine.
Carolina has won five in a row, including last week's 27-16 victory over the Arizona Cardinals in the Wild Card round.
The teams met in Week 8 this season, and Seattle won, 13-9. Newton threw for 171 yards with an interception and a lost fumble.
"I can’t make it personal because this game is not about that," Newton said. "It’s not about me. It’s bigger than me. It’s about going into a hostile environment and not only proving to people, but proving to ourselves that we belong here."
Seattle won its last six regular season games to earn the NFC’s No. 1 seed for the second straight season.
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