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Panthers Sign CB Charles Tillman

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE) -- The Carolina Panthers signed free-agent cornerback Charles Tillman to a one-year deal Thursday.

According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan, the deal is worth $3.05 million.

The 34-year-old Tillman played all 12 of his previous NFL seasons with the Chicago Bears.

Tillman is reunited with Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, who served as the Bears defensive coordinator from 2004-06.

"I think Coach Rivera was one of the main reasons why I wanted to be here," Tillman said. "He's a guy that I had a lot of respect for when I was in Chicago. I love his leadership and his qualities as a coach, and he's done a good job with the Panthers. There's a good group of guys here: Thomas Davis, Greg Olsen, Luke Kuechly, and Cam Newton. I got a good vibe here.

"This is a similar defense, and Steve Wilks and (defensive line coach) Eric Washington were also in Chicago, so there is familiarity."

Tillman has 42 forced fumbles, 36 interceptions, and eight defensive touchdowns throughout his career.

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Seahawks Rip Panthers to Advance to NFC Championship

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(SEATTLE) -- Russell Wilson threw for 268 yards and three touchdowns to lead the top-seeded Seattle Seahawks past the No. 4 seed Carolina Panthers 31-17 Saturday in their NFC divisional playoff game.

The game was tight at first. Nobody scored until 56 seconds were remaining in the first quarter when Doug Baldwin caught a 16-yard touchdown pass from Wilson. Carolina answered back on their next drive when Cam Newton led the team on a 79-yard drive ending with a 7-yard touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin.

Seattle would score a touchdown on their next drive, but Carolina's Graham Gano kicked a 35-yard field goal as time expired sending the Panthers into the half down four.

The third quarter was a defensive battle with neither team scoring. Seattle erupted in the fourth quarter for 17 unanswered points, the final seven coming off a Kam Chancellor 90-yard pick-six to seal the game.

Newton completed 23 of 36 passes for 246 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the loss.

Seattle becomes the first team since since New England in January 2006 to win a playoff game the year after winning a Super Bowl.

Seattle will take on the winner of Sunday's playoff matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers next weekend in the NFC  Championship game.

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Panthers Run Over Cardinals 

Scott Cunningham/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- The Carolina Panthers will continue roolling along into the Divisional round of the NFL Playoffs.

The Panthers (8-8-1) dominated the Cardinals 27-16 Saturday, holding Arizona to 77 total yards of offense.

Jonathan Stewart took advantage of a Cardinals defense that has lost its edge over the past few weeks to the tune of 123 yards on 24 carries. He also scored a touchdown in the first quarter. 

The Cardinals (11-6) limped into the playoffs after losing starting quarterback Carson Palmer and backup Drew Stanton to knee injuries. Ryan Lindley, who was forced into the starting role the past three weeks, committed two crucial interceptions.

The Cardinals defense could no longer carry the team as missed tackles proved to be Arizona's undoing. The Panthers kept the Cardinals off balance with power runs and quick passes to the backs and receivers in the seam on the way to racking up 386 yards of total offense. 

The Panthers will play at Seattle next weekend if Dallas beats Detroit on Sunday. Green Bay will host Carolina if the Lions win.

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Panthers Ready for Cardinals

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- The Carolina Panthers will host the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday in the wild-card round of the playoffs.

The back-to-back NFC South champions have won four games in a row and are looking forward to the opportunity even though they come into the playoffs with a losing record.

"They play good football," Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said of the Cardinals.  "They do good things on offense, defense, and special teams."

Arizona has not announced a starter for Saturday's game with Drew Stanton still questionable after coming off a sprained knee injury.

"He's progressing and nothing's really changed," Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said.  "We've got our fingers crossed that possibly he could go later in the week."

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is 0-2 against the Cardinals in his career.

"One thing that I remember is that we had somewhat of a lackluster performance, whether you wanna call it those guys doing their job better than we did ours, what have you," Newton said of his three picks in their last game against eachother. "We lost and that's pretty much it."

Carolina has lost three straight playoff games.

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Panthers Crush Falcons to Win NFC South

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- Tre Boston and Roman Harper both had pick-6s, and Cam Newton ran and threw for a touchdown as the Carolina Panthers humiliated the Atlanta Falcons 34-3 Sunday to win the NFC South.

The Panthers (7-8-1) become the first team since 2010 to make the playoffs with a losing record.

"The beautiful thing -- record doesn't matter," Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said. "That's the best part."

The Panthers hurried Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan throughout the game, pressuring him on 21 of his passes and sacking him six times.

The Falcons (6-10) would have made the playoffs with a win but couldn't get anything going offensively.  Star receiver Julio Jones only had four catches for 58 yards.

Carolina returns to the playoffs for the second straight season and improves its record in December to 15-3 under coach Rivera.

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Ron Rivera on Newton Starting: 'Pointing in the Right Direction'

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE) -- Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is probable for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns, head coach Ron Rivera said on Friday.

Newton sat out last week's game after he had minor injuries due to a car crash, but is doing his best to be ready come game time.

"Everything is pointing in the right direction," Rivera said. "He did a lot of turning and twisting today. We put a lot of pressure on him, did some things on purpose so we could see, and he seems to be right on track."

"He did really well today in terms of the amount of stress we put on him," Rivera continued.  "He's done a nice job and has a good handle on what we want to do. I like the way he practiced. Everything is positive."

The Panthers want Newton to be close to 100 percent before they choose him over Derek Anderson, who led them to a 19-17 win over the Buccaneers.

"They both bring a lot to the table," Rivera said of his two quarterbacks, "but Cam brings that extra dimension with his ability to run. That was big for us against New Orleans. He had a really good rhythm, and we're hoping he can recapture some of that."

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Cam Newton Released from Hospital Following Car Accident

NFL Shield(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was released from Carolinas Medical Center on Wednesday morning after spending the night in the hospital following a two-car accident Tuesday afternoon near Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.

He suffered two fractures in his lower back.

The Panthers say Newton status for this Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is day-to-day. If he is unable to go, veteran Derek Anderson is expected to take over under center.

In five games this season, Newton is 40-of-57 in pass attempts for 424 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions.

Carolina remains in contention for the NFC South title despite their 4-8-1 record. They trail division leaders, the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons by a half-a-game.

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Panthers QB Cam Newton Injured in Car Crash

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Panthers quarterback Cam Newton suffered two fractures in his lower back following a two-car accident Tuesday afternoon near Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. He did not suffer further internal injuries, according to the team.

In 12 games this season, Newton has passed for 2,812 yards with 16 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He also has rushed for 425 yards and three scores on 85 carries.

The team has yet to reveal Newton’s status for this Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. If he unable to go, veteran Derek Anderson is expected to take over under center.

Despite a 4-8-1 record on the season, the Panthers remain in contention for the NFC South title, trailing division leaders New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons by a half a game.

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Falcons Top Panthers to Move Into Tie for First in NFC South

Leon Halip/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Matt Bryant booted four field goals, the last one a 44-yarder with 2:08 left in the game, to put Atlanta up for good and lead the Falcons to a 19-17 win over the Carolina Panthers Sunday.

The win, coupled with a New Orleans loss, puts Atlanta (4-6) in a tie for first place in the NFC South.

"It's been a different year, for sure," said Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan who threw for 268 yards and a touchdown in the win. "You play to be relevant in November and December. As quirky as this season's been, we're relevant."

Carolina (3-7-1) had a chance to take the lead twice with less than two minutes to play, but kicker Graham Gano hooked a 46-yard field goal wide left and had a 63-yard attempt blocked as time expired.

"I have to pull through and make the kick," Gano said. "That's what it comes down to. No excuses. I'm not going to sit here and explain why I missed the kick. My job is to put it through the uprights."

Roddy White had eight catches for 75 yards and a touchdown for the Falcons, which will host the Cleveland Browns (6-4) next Sunday.

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Sanchez, Sproles Lead Eagles Past Panthers

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- Mark Sanchez made his first start with the Eagles (7-2) and lead his team to a 45-21 victory over the Panthers (3-6-1) on Monday night.

Sanchez threw for 332 yards and two touchdowns, and the Eagles defense did the rest of the work.

Philadelphia sacked Panthers quarterback Cam Newton nine times and forced five turnovers with three picks in the rout.  

Darren Sproles capped off a terrific first quarter with a 65-yard punt return to give the Eagles a 17-7 lead.

"Just an outstanding performance by all three phases," Sanchez said.

Newton and the Panthers have now lost four in a row.

"We've got to do things better," Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. "I have to coach better, coaches have to coach better, we have to practice better and then go out and play better. And we're going to do it together as a team."

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