CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Well, you can take this one to the bank.
Bank of America Stadium, that is, where the Seahawks used a fourth-quarter touchdown pass from
The victory set the stage for what should be a dousy of home opener next Sunday night against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field.
After Wilson’s touchdown pass to Kearse with 10:13 to play, the Seahawks went for the two-point conversion. But Wilson’s pass to
Kearse got behind Panthers cornerback Josh Thomas and then jumped over him to catch Wilson’s pass. On the previous play, Wilson went to
Wilson was 3 of 4 for 60 yards on the six-play, 74-yard drive.
The Panthers came right back, driving to the Seahawks’ 24-yard line. But All-Pro free safety
The Panthers took the opening kickoff and drove to the Seahawks’ 41-yard line, but All-Pro cornerback
The Seahawks’ possession stalled, as Russell Wilson was almost sacked in the end zone on second down, but
On a third-and-7 play, tight end Greg Olsen appeared to have caught a first-down pass from Newton. But All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas got a hand in to break it up.
After a scoreless first quarter, both teams got busy in the second quarter.
The Seahawks’ 74-yard drive that began at the end of the first quarter ended with
The Panthers then drove 80 yards in 11 plays to Cam Newton’s 3-yard TD pass to Steve Smith with 3:13 left. Newton was 6 of 7 for 52 yards and also ran once for 11 yards on the drive. Newton’s 27-yard pass to Olson on the second play of the drive came after the Seahawks had grabbed the momentum, and the lead. But Newton laid a pass over middle linebacker
The Seahawks then drove to the Panthers’ 12, but Charles Johnson turned in a hat trick – a fumble-forcing sack that he recovered to halt the series.
The Seahawks got the ball twice to open the second half, once on the opening kick and again after
On the first possession, left guard
The Panthers then had a second-and-2 on their next possession, but Tony McDaniel stopped Williams for a 1-yard gain on second and no gain on third down.
The Seahawks got on the board again with 2:22 left as Hauschka kicked a 40-yard field goal to cap a nine-play, 43-yard drive. Wilson was 5 of 5 for 52 yards, but also penalized for grounding.