Befitting an 11-point underdog on the road, Carolina coach Ron Rivera hoped the Seahawks would help with a slip-up or goof: "We needed them to make some mistakes. But it didn't happen. They did some things that lead to winning championships."
In fact, a shot at a championship is next on the Seattle agenda, for the lands and treasure of the NFC, in eight days against Green Bay -- despite, contrary to Rivera's claim, making mistakes Saturday night. But even the fails were talked about with awe reserved for movie special effects.