CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Panthers coach Ron Rivera said hes never experienced a season like this one since he joined the NFL 30 years ago.Carolinas journey to the NFC divisional playoffs has included quarterback Cam Newton flipping his truck and being hospitalized with two fractures in his lower back, franchise defensive end Greg Hardy being convicted on two counts of domestic violence, and Riveras house catching fire and causing $500,000 worth of the damage five days before the biggest game of his coaching career.It has been different, Rivera said. You cant make this stuff up.Theres been nothing ordinary or predictable about the Panthers on the field, either.Carolina became the first NFL team to go more than two months without a victory and reach the playoffs. The Panthers won the NFC South despite a 7-8-1 record. And last Saturday, a defence that gave up 35 or more points in four of its first seven games held Arizona to 78 yards in the wild-card round, the fewest ever allowed in the NFL post-season.Safety Roman Harper said he wasnt expecting this type of adventure in his first season in Carolina. The Panthers visit Seattle (12-4) on Saturday with a trip to the NFC championship game on the line.It isnt the prettiest thing, but we got a date to the prom at the end of the day, Harper said, laughing. Were here. Shes probably not the best-looking one; shes not going to win prom queen, but well have a good time.The Panthers arent apologizing for their record.In fact, in some ways they believe the season has toughened them and left them playoff ready.They had to win their last four games just to get into the playoffs.Newton has fought through ankle and rib injuries and the back fractures, and he has the Panthers on a five-game winning streak.Rivera is already hunkered down preparing for Seattle while his wife handles the details of where hell live for the next 6-8 months while their burned-out home is rebuilt.Hardy still isnt eligible to play, but his absence paved the way for fellow defensive end Charles Johnson to step out of character and become one of the teams vocal leaders.Cornerback Josh Norman is convinced the Panthers have benefited from some divine intervention — particularly when it came to Newtons accident.If it werent for Gods angel covering him in that truck, I dont know what would have happened, Norman said. We could have been talking about missing our quarterback, our leader, forever. But he was blessed.The idea the Panthers are even still playing after a 3-8-1 start speaks volumes about the team, said centre Ryan Kalil.Some strange things have come up, Kalil said, but its been very telling of the character and closeness of this team that whether it is something happening inside or outside the locker room, this is a group that stuck together and continue to work and work.Kalil said that is also a reflection of Rivera, the 2013 NFL Coach of the Year, for staying positive and keeping everyone together when it would have been easy to quit on the season.Rivera said he never once lost faith in his team.At the end of the day you learn how to deal and cope with these things, Rivera said, and if you can keep your focus then you will have an opportunity and a chance.Then again, maybe Carolinas season isnt that unusual.Former Jets wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery was asked about this year and simply laughed.Well, I played in New York, Cotchery said, so I wont even go there.NOTES: The Panthers have moved practices inside their stadium this week and are piping in crowd noise to help simulate playing in Seattle, which features one of the loudest stadiums in the league. ... 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