Seahawks Fourth Quarter Collapse Leads to Stunning 27-23 Loss to Panthers

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It was another fourth quarter collapse Sunday for the Seahawks, as it’s a tune that seems to be getting played over and over as the 2015 season seems to be moving along.

The result Sunday was a stunning home loss to the Carolina Panthers, a 27-23 loss after tight end Greg Olsen pulled in a 26-yard touchdown pass, wide open, for the winning score with 32 seconds left.

The Hawks looked fine through three quarters with QB Russell Wilson and TE Jimmy Graham connecting and the defense holding Panthers QB Cam Newton under control, minue one long touchdown drive in the first half.

Seattle took a 17-7 lead when Wilson hit Ricardo Lockette for a 40-yard TD on a double pass, but the fourth-quarter problems festered again.

The Hawks have been outscored 61-27 in the fourth quarter and overtime, and 40-3 the past three games.

”It’s very frustrating, especially when you know we had them,” Earl Thomas said. ”We don’t (stink). We know who we are. We’re not finishing. We know we’re going to be in those pressure situations every game.”

Wilson threw for 239 yards and found Graham eight times for 140 yards, but the Seahawks lost at home for just the second time in the past two seasons.

Down 23-14, Carolina went 80 yards on each of its final two possessions for touchdowns that left the Panthers celebrating, while the Seahawks left the field stunned.

Newton was 12 of 15 for 169 yards in the fourth quarter and threw for 269 yards overall.

Marshawn Lynch was back for the Hawks after missing the previous 2 1/2 games because of a hamstring injury, but finished with 54 yards on 17 carries and a touchdown.

The Seahawks are 2-4 on the season following the loss.


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