NFL Game Summary - Seattle at Carolina|
(Sunday, October 7th)
Final Score: Seattle 16, Carolina 12
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Cam Newton fumbled on Carolina's final
possession and Seattle recovered, allowing the Seahawks to capture a 16-12
victory over the Panthers on the road.
After Newton failed to convert on fourth down from Seattle's 1-yard line late
in the fourth quarter, he got another chance. The Seahawks were pinned back on
their own side of the field and were forced to punt, but the snap to punter
Jon Ryan was high and he opted to take a safety.
Trailing 16-12 with less than a minute to play, Newton was sacked by Bruce
Irvin, who forced a fumble on the play and Seattle recovered to seal the
Russell Wilson, who completed 19-of-25 passes for a career-high 221 yards,
overcame two interceptions by throwing the go-ahead touchdown pass to Golden
Tate late in the third quarter for Seattle (3-2), which lost to the St. Louis
Rams last Sunday.
"I think Russell really showed his strength as a football player and a
competitor," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said of his quarterback. "There's
been a lot of scrutiny about him and all that stuff and he just hung tough."
Steven Hauschka converted field goals from 22, 36 and 44 yards in the victory.
Newton was 12-of-29 for 141 yards and added 42 yards rushing on seven carries
for Carolina (1-4), which has dropped three straight games.
"I can say about myself I haven't been playing good football," Newton
Prior to Wilson's TD pass, Seattle had turned the ball over three straight
times after opening the second half with a 6-3 lead.
Seattle's Leon Washington fumbled on the kickoff to start the third quarter
and Carolina recovered.
The Panthers were unable to do anything with the good field position and were
forced to punt away. However, Captain Munnerlyn intercepted Wilson on the
first play of Seattle's ensuing drive and returned it 33 yards for a score to
give Carolina a 10-6 lead.
On Seattle's next possession, Wilson was again intercepted after his pass
intended for Marshawn Lynch was tipped up in the air and picked off by Luke
However, Seattle got one back after forcing a turnover following an exchange
Carolina started at its own 30 and on the first play of the drive DeAngelo
Williams fumbled the ball and Brandon Browner of Seattle recovered. Faced with
a 3rd-and-8, Wilson completed a pass near the goal line to Tate, who spun his
way into the end zone to give Seattle a 13-10 lead.
The Panthers went three-and-out on their next possession and punted back to
Lynch picked up 19 yards rushing on the first two plays of the drive before
Wilson completed a 23-yard pass to Zach Miller at the Carolina 23, however
Seattle couldn't pick up another first down and Hauschka added three with a
44-yard field goal.
On the ensuing possession, the Panthers ran 11 plays and used up nearly seven
minutes of the fourth quarter clock, but came away with nothing.
Newton completed his first six passes of the drive to lead the Panthers down
the field, but his seventh fell incomplete on fourth down from the 1-yard
On 3rd-and-6 Newton connected with Louis Murphy, who was downed just in
front of the end zone. On fourth, Newton scrambled and threw it to an
open Ben Hartsock, but his pass was short and landed several feet in front of
the tight end.
Seattle scored on its first offensive possession. After a short punt from
Carolina's Brad Nortman, the Seahawks started on the Carolina 45. Wilson
completed an 18-yard strike to Sidney Rice on the first play of the drive and
Doug Baldwin hauled in a 13-yard pass to give Seattle a first down on the
Carolina 11. However, the drive stalled and Hauschka kicked one through from
22 yards out to give the Seahawks the early lead.
Both teams exchanged punts the rest of the first quarter, but Seattle tacked
on three more early in the second.
Wilson completed passes of 10 yards to Braylon Edwards and 12 yards to Rice to
cross midfield. Rice hauled in another catch later in the drive to give
Seattle a new set of downs on the Panthers' 25, but the Seahawks only advanced
seven more yards and settled for a Hauschka 36-yard field goal.
The Panthers responded later in the quarter, driving down the field in 13-
plays to get into field goal range for Justin Medlock, who kicked a 32-yarder
just before halftime.
The Panthers have started 1-4 for the second consecutive season ... Lynch has
run for at least 85 yards in every game this season after amassing that total
Sunday on 21 carries ... Carolina's Steve Smith caught four passes for 40
yards, extending his consecutive games streak with a catch to 80 games ...
Carolina will not be in action next week due to a bye and Seattle will host
the New England Patriots next Sunday.
10/07 21:11:18 ET