Another week, another strong outing from the Seahawks defense.
In Carolina, Seattle’s D was up against a wall a few times, but like they have all season, the unit stepped up, leading to a huge 16-12 win over the Panthers to improve to 3-2.
Panthers QB Cam Newton and the Cats had a shot late after hitting Brandon LaFell for a 17-yard pass play down to the Seattle 6. With four shots, the Panthers couldn’t get it done, with the final play seeing Newton roll out, and bounce a pass in the end zone to end the Cats real last threat.
The Seattle offense got a huge first down when back Marshawn Lynch rumbled for a key first down, and when the Panthers got the ball with 53 seconds at their own 31, two play in Bruce Irvin stripped Newton, forcing a fumble that Seattle recovered to seal the win.
Newton on the day was just 12-for-29 for 141 yards with no TD’s and no picks. He rushed the ball for 42 yards on six carries, leading the Panthers on the ground.
On the day the Panthers ran the ball for just 82 yards on 19 carries. Carolina had just 190 yards on offense and held the ball for just 24 minutes vs a Hawks defense that continues to play well.
Captain Munnerlyn gave the Panthers a 10-6 lead early in the third quarter when he intercepted Russell Wilson and took it back 33 yards for a score for the Panthers.
It was their only TD of the day, as Seattle got a turnover and converted when Wilson hit Golden Tate from 13 yards out with 13 seconds left in the third quarter to put Seattle up 13-10.
Steven Hauschka kicked a 44-yard field goal for Seattle with 10:44 left to make it 16-10, and the Panthers got within four in the last minute when Seattle took a safety.
Lynch ran for 85 yards on 21 carries for Seattle, and Wilson was 19-for-25 for 221 yards with one TD and two picks.
The Hawks next week are at home to host the Patriots.