Seattle 12, Carolina 7

Date - 1:00 PM EST, Sunday, September 8, 2013
Location - Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina
Temperature - 87°
Head Official - Jeff Triplette
Attendance - 73294

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
Seattle 0 3 3 6 12
Carolina 0 7 0 0 7

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Seattle 1-0 0-0 1-0 W1
Carolina 0-1 0-1 0-0 L1

Recap


Seahawks 12, Panthers 7: Russell Wilson threw a fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse and Earl Thomas forced a key fumble as visiting Seattle rallied to defeat pesky Carolina in the opener for both squads.

Wilson overcame a sluggish start to complete 25-of-33 passes for 320 yards, including the go-ahead 43-yard aerial to Kearse with 10:13 to play. The Seahawks (1-0) limited the Panthers to 243 yards as Carolina (0-1) dropped to 2-13 in games decided by seven or fewer points in Ron Rivera’s 33-game stint as head coach.

Seattle trailed 7-3 at halftime and narrowed its deficit to one on Steven Hauschka’s 40-yard field goal with 2:22 left in the third quarter. The Seahawks finally located the end zone when Kearse culminated a six-play, 74-yard drive by beating Carolina cornerback Josh Thomas to haul in the 43-yard scoring pass.

After Seattle took the lead, the Panthers charged downfield and were helped by back-to-back personal fouls on Seattle’s Michael Bennett and Kam Chancellor. DeAngelo Williams broke loose on a 16-yard gain before Thomas knocked the ball loose and Tony McDaniel recovered on the Seattle 8-yard line with 5:34 left to snuff out the threat and the Seahawks ran out the clock.

Seattle settled for Hausckha’s 27-yard field goal on a 15-play, 74-yard drive that took 8:47 for a 3-0 lead with 9:40 left in the first half. The Panthers responded with five first downs on a crisp 11-play, 80-yard drive that was capped by Cam Newton’s 3-yard touchdown throw to Steve Smith.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Seattle WR Doug Baldwin caught seven passes for 91 yards. … The Seahawks recorded just one sack on Newton – by DE O’Brien Schofield – with pass rushers Chris Clemons (knee), Cliff Avril (hamstring) and Bruce Irvin (suspension) all out. … Panthers DE Frank Alexander was ejected late in the first half for throwing a punch to the facemask of Seattle OT Breno Giacomini.

Top Game Performances

Rushing
Seattle   Carolina
Marshawn Lynch Player DeAngelo Williams
17 Attempts 17
43 Yards 86
2.5 Avg Yards 5.1
0 Touchdowns 0
14 Long 16
Receiving
Seattle   Carolina
Doug Baldwin Player Greg Olsen
7 Receptions 5
91 Yards 56
13.0 Avg Yards 11.2
0 Touchdowns 0
25 Long 27

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
Seattle 370 70 300 1 2 0 1.0 2
Carolina 253 134 119 1 0 0 2.0 1

Upcoming Games

  • Carolina will play their next game on the road against Buffalo. The Panthers have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.
  • Seattle will play their next game at home against San Francisco. The Seahawks have a W/L % of 1.000 after a win and .000 after a loss.