Within the Panthers' locker room, however, those sentiments were quickly dismissed.
"Why? Why would you want anything in life that is easy?" corner Josh Norman said Monday, via Black and Blue Review. "Shoot, man, if you don't go for it head on, then how can you say you are the best at anything? I think that is the way we are in our society. We want things the easy way and stuff to be given to us. We don't want to work for it. We want things to be handed to us. And I don't think that's the way it should be done. I think the way it has been set up is the right way."
Safety Roman Harper echoed Norman's sentiments.
"I didn't want to play anyone else," he told NFL Media's Tiffany Blackmon.
The Seahawks have won seven of their last eight contests, including Sunday's playoff tilt. The two-time reigning NFC champions enter the divisional bout with a potent offense led by Russell Wilson and a defense Michael Bennett called "better than any over the past four years."
The Panthers seem ready for the matchup, though.
"At this point in the season, everyone you play against is going to be a very good football team," coach Ron Rivera said Monday in regard to the Seahawks matchup.
"It helped validate who we are as a football team," Rivera said of the win.
As Norman noted, to be the best you need to beat the best. The Panthers can do just that on Sunday.